Save Over $400 This Memorial Day with The Debt Diva

by News Guy on May 28, 2010

Marking the beginning of summer, Memorial Day is a great time to enjoy the company of friends and family.  Observe this year the fun, frugal and fabulous way with tips from The Debt Diva that will save you over $400!

Clarky Davis, also known as The Debt Diva, is a debt management expert with more than 10 years of personal and professional experience.  As The Debt Diva, Davis has appeared on ABC News Now, Fox Business, Fox and Friends, and Nightline and has partnered with the bargain retailer TJ Maxx.

Memorial  Day Film Festival

  • Gather friends for a weekend of classic (and current) war movies.  Focus on those that have some entertainment value and aren’t totally depressing, like movies mentioned here.
  • Depending on your preferences you can go from Casablanca to Gone With the Wind to Tropic Thunder to Bridge on the River Kwai.  You could also dig up some old TV series and miniseries via an $8.99/month Netflix membership , or at Red Box for only $.99/movie.  My favorites include China Beach , and North and the South.

Savings:

  • Memorial Day movie in the theater: $45 for 4 people; $65 for 6 people
  • Debt Diva’s Red Memorial Day Film Festival: $5-$9 total

Red, White and Blue Cookout

Use the color theme and give each guest a color – they have to bring some edible item in that hue.

  • Red: Red meat, tomato salad, watermelon, cherry topped cheesecake
  • White: Baked potatoes, white bread sandwiches, marinated cauliflower, plain cheesecake
  • Blue: Blueberry pie, blue corn chips, grapes

What am I?

Play this classic game where party guests try to guess whose name is on their back.  Give it a Memorial Day twist – instead of people’s names, use the titles for classic war movies like Casablanca , Apocalypse Now, and M.A.S.H. For more classic war movies, see these.

Savings:

  • Catering for 12 people: $210
  • Debt Diva’s Red, White and Blue Cookout menu: $45

Red, white and blue swap

If you’re short on cash, but not desire, host the hottest modern day shopping event – the swap.  You and 10 of your girlfriends bring all your gently used but stylish clothing and house wares (and all those items you’d really like to ‘re-gift’) to one house. To stay on theme – ask participants to bring items that are red, white or blue.

Savings:

  • Dress/shorts/Capri pants from Target or Old Navy: $25-$35
  • Debt Diva’s Red, White and Blue Swap clothing swap: $0

Hors d’oeuvres

Serve hors d’oeuvres –  white drinks (we don’t want to stain any of those gorgeous clothes), blueberry/strawberry fruit skewers and bruschetta.

Savings:

  • Catering for 12 people: $210
  • Debt Diva’s DIY Hors d’oeuvres for 12 people: $35

Total Savings:

  • Traditional Memorial Day Spending: $495
  • Debt Diva’s Memorial Day Spending: $85-$95

About The Debt Diva

Clarky Davis, The Debt Diva is a debt management expert with more than 10 years of personal and professional experience.  As The Debt Diva she offers financial fitness education and “real world” money saving tips to help consumers trim their spending in just about every area of their lives.  Davis ’ expertise is founded on her own personal experience in racking up debt and learning to live within her means while paying it down.  Her personal debt management success piqued her interest in the industry and prompted her certification in credit counseling.  As The Debt Diva for CareOne Credit Counseling, Davis shares her savvy debt management tools with consumers and provides free downloadable guides at www.TheDebtDiva.com.  As The Debt Diva, Davis has appeared on ABC News Now, Fox Business, Fox and Friends, and Nightline and has partnered with the bargain retailer TJ Maxx.

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