A snapshot of our house this last weekend:
H: “Mom, when are we going to put up the Halloween decorations?”
Me: “They’re up.”
Me: “There’s a ghost pillow on the couch.”
H: “A pillow is not Halloween decorations. I’m talking about scary decorations. Like cobwebs everywhere and ghosts over the doors and windows, and graves in the front yard.” (He’s 7. That = “scary” to him.)
Me: “Do you know how much graves cost? And cobwebs? That’s a whole thing. I’m not sure that’s in the budget.” (This is my standard response to graves and cobwebs.)
H: “Let’s go to the dollar store then. Then, it’s just like a dollar.”
Let me stop here and ask, do you know about the dollar store?…the dollar store being a concept. This was a whole new thing to me when we moved to Central Texas. To my knowledge, there were zero dollar stores anywhere near me in downtown Houston. Within five miles of my house in Central Texas, there are at least six dollar stores that I know of. The dollar store is a thing here, y’all. And not all dollar stores are built alike. Most of them have some things that cost a dollar and lots of things that cost more than a dollar, but there’s this one dollar store chain that is true to its name. Everything inside is exactly a dollar, no more no less, and that’s the one we go to.
So anyway, to add to the few hacks we did last year, we went to the dollar store and outfitted our whole house for not very much at all. Check it.
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In the end, I still somehow ended up with graves in my front yard. But at least there are no cobwebs. Well, no fake cobwebs anyway.