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Thoughts on Soup and Halloween Costumes, Etc.

October 26th, 2015 at 03:16 pm

Here is what is (financially) on my mind right now:

- I bought soup at Sprouts on sale, and it was less than the regular-priced soup at Whole Foods! I was in Whole Foods for something else (chocolate milk for F's lunch) which is also cheaper there, and decided to look at the soup aisle. I can't eat chicken noodle, have to eat chicken and rice. Anyway, I'm going to take the soup back to Sprouts; is it weird to return canned soup?

- When I decided to take back the soup, I noticed that instead of giving me three bag credits at 5c each, they charged me a 31c donation! Donation to WHAT? I guess it was a mis-entered code. I will bring this up when I take back the soup. I usually check my receipt in the car because Sprouts makes mistakes all the time, but this time I was late and didn't have time.

- The photo orders are coming in from school (D does the school and class photos; he used to be a chidrens photographer); so far it's about $600! That is really great, but he is sure working for the money. It takes hours to photograph all the kids (three mornings) and then many more hours to process the photos, then he orders proofs, and I then I enter the orders. Last year he made $3000; I'll let you know how he does this year!

- F is going as Hermione for Halloween. D and I amazingly kept our graduation robes (actually his robes are the ones he wore to formal dinners at Cambridge). He has his high school tie, too! An authentic British student's tie. F actually looks a bit like Hermione; I was going to print out a Gryffindor patch from the internet and put it on the robes.

Then I saw a friend's daughter in a Harry Potter costume, ; it was a very fancy store-bought costume and the patch is a real patch (not printed from the internet).

I felt a little bad about our homemade costume, but F and I discussed it and we both think that it's cooler to have the authentic British version of college robes, and a homemade costume means you spent some time on it. She's going to carry her Beetle Bard book, and we found "wands" when we hiked up to see the aspens change color a week ago.

I'm so glad she's not materialistic, and I'd much rather spend our money on something meaningful. We will give her the money we didn't spend on a costume when we visit the London studio where they filmed Harry Potter next summer, and she can buy something at the gift shop that she really wants (right now, she's thinking about a Hufflepuff scarf - she took the quiz on the website and came out a Hufflepuff; she's very proud of that, too, since JK Rowling herself said "This may surprise people, but it is the truth...In many, many ways, Hufflepuff is my favourite House.")

I'll tell you our Halloween plans in an future post...

- Are you trying for a less commercial Halloween? I hope so, since it's my birthday (yay!) and I always liked the creativity that went into making costumes! I used to make both my costumes and my brother's. I made the poor little boy into a butterfly one year (I spent hours making it so the wings actually worked, but I'm not sure butterfly was his first choice).

4 Responses to “Thoughts on Soup and Halloween Costumes, Etc.”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    My youngest daughter is a Hufflepuff to based on those quizzes! I love your homemade version better too. I actually made quite a few of my girls costumes. In fact I had to adapt a princess costume to be Princess Daisy from Mario Kart. Turns out there isn't a version you can buy! Two years later I sold that handmade costume for $65 on eBay. Smile
    I think you can return soup!

  2. Miz Pat Says:

    I have no children (unless you count me - mental child) but i have 5 dogs. I get my decorations and doggie costumes on sale after halloween. I enjoy Halloween with all my heart, but I don't spend money on it. I make jackolantern, and then after Halloween make pumpkin seeds and bake the pumpkin and process it in freezer bags.

    I buy some of my candy at the dollar store, but some of it on sale at other places.

  3. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I'll be at my church on Halloween participating in a program called "Light Up the Dark" - so, won't be spending any money on decorations or candy (for giving out to kids at least ...)

  4. livingalmostlarge Says:

    Why not a homemade costume. Sounds like heaven to me a homemade costume. Last year I had a super princess. Used a princess dress and sewed on a supergirl S and a mask and a cape and sewed on the s and wand. Unfortunately the other one refuses to dress up.

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