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How To Celebrate Halloween On A Budget

How To Celebrate Halloween On A Budget

With all the spooky costumes and scary stories around the autumn season, Halloween is one of the best holidays of the year. However, because it’s a dress-up holiday, it certainly isn’t one of the cheapest. That doesn’t mean that you can’t do Halloween on a budget. From costumes to activities, here are some strategies for keeping it cheap this Halloween.

Make A Cheap DIY Halloween Costume

What’s Halloween without a great costume? Whether you want to go for creepy or funny, there’s no question that if you plan to buy your costume, you’re going to have to shell out a lot of money. A better, cheaper way to get the costume you want is to make it yourself!

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Once you have an idea in mind, take a visit to your local thrift store to see what materials you can scrounge together. Even if you can’t think of any costume ideas, browsing through the large selection ought to give you ideas. A website such as Savers can give you some thrift store costume inspiration.

Craft Your Own Decorations

Along with a great costume, you’ll want some great decor to get you into the festive mood. Similarly to costumes, anything you buy at the store, while convenient, will be overpriced. You can find tons of simple DIY decoration ideas online. These tips will save you money, and as an added benefit, you’ll be able to put a personal spin on whatever you craft. Even if you aren’t planning on hosting a party, it’s worth doing a little work on the outside of your home, at least. Your neighbors will appreciate your enthusiasm for the holiday.

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Have A Horror Movie Festival

One of the best things about Halloween is that there are so many movies related to the holiday. From scary to hilarious, you can find just about any type of movie related to this special day. So, why not hold a film festival? You can go ahead and choose a few films yourself, but your audience may appreciate voting on what they watch. Of course, you’ll want to make sure the films you choose are age-appropriate. If you’re having kids over, their parents won’t appreciate your screening of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.

Make Your Own Scary Stories

You don’t need movies to have Halloween entertainment. Sometimes, the best stories are the ones we come up with on our own. One particularly fun activity, especially for the kids, is writing frightening stories to share with others.

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For a fun twist on this activity, consider playing the fittingly named “Exquisite Corpse” game, in which the story is passed along throughout the group, each member contributing his or her own part where the last left off. Your guests will appreciate the teamwork and having others hear their creativity.

See What Events Are Planned For Your Area

Halloween is a great time to socialize, and the good news is that you might not need to pay any expensive cover charges to have some fun on All Hollow’s Eve. Check your local newspaper and event websites to see if there are any events happening in your area. There are sure to be activities planned for both adults and the entire family. Many community events, such as film screenings and social mixers, may be free to attend, meaning you can go out and have fun without having to worry about your pocketbook. Just make sure you wear your DIY costume!

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With these tips, you’ll be celebrating in style without hurting your wallet. Even if money is tight, there’s no need to sacrifice fun this Halloween. Perhaps the money you save can go to candy for the trick-or-treaters.

I hope you enjoyed the article, it would not be possible without the help of my friend and co-founder of CLothingRIC.com.

Featured photo credit: Halloween Styles via lifehack.org

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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