I copped out. Which is not to say that I’m going to be a cop.
In fact, I thought of a great frugal outfit: stereotypical Jersey girl. I’d wear tight jeans (unfortunately, not hard at my current weight), something tight and low-cut as a top, tease my hair and wear some press-on nails. And really big earrings. Incidentally, I was born in NJ, so it’s okay for me to make fun. Or so I rationalize.
But I was presented with an opportunity too good to resist for a regular costume. One of the social buying sites I subscribe to, BuyWithMe, has a deal where you can get $40 vouchers for $20 to Costume Kingdom.
Though I signed up on my own, I bought the actual voucher through Mr. Rebates, which offers a 10% off coupon. In addition, I got 6% cash back for the purchase. So for $18, I am getting a $40 voucher, and I’ll get a little over a dollar back.
It seemed like too good a deal to pass up, especially because a lot of the costumes are actually quite cute. And, right now, there’s a 20% off “sexy” costumes off, that I’m hoping I’ll be able to combine the voucher with. That would take my targeted costume down to about $43 — or about $3 over the voucher plus whatever shipping costs.
If I can’t combine the voucher with the 20% off, I’ll pay about $14 over voucher price, which is still only $32 for an outfit that’s reversible and so relatively versatile.
It’s still a bit more of an investment than I had initially planned, but it’s also the first time in years we’ve been invited to a costume party. It also helps that Tim’s costume is already taken care of. Two years ago, he had a friend make him an outfit so he could go as a Sith warrior. Given his love of Star Wars, he is more than happy to repeat said costume for years to come.
All of this Halloween talk reminds me of a friend who taught me a very important lesson:
If you’re going to use paint-on latex (he was going as a smurf so he went all blue) be sure to shave in all the pertinent areas. Otherwise, your friends have to pull the stuff off you. Ripping off latex and hair follicles from a screaming man is not nearly as much fun as it sounds.
And with that piece of wisdom, I feel my Halloween introspection is complete.