Valdosta Daily Times


September 2, 2012

Not a lot of things rhyme with Labor Day ...

VALDOSTA — Being in the media business, I tend to forget what the words “holiday” and “vacation” mean. However, this Labor Day weekend and Labor Day Monday, I will be sinking my toes into sweet Savannah sand and strolling River Street.

Now, I’m not paying for this vacation. Goodness, no! You should know me better than that by now, budgeteers. I’m actually leaching off my parents. They live in Savannah. I have no money. They still find my “poor college student charm” subtly amusing even though I graduated two years ago. It’s a win-win! Sadly, not all of you have family who live in vacation hot spots. Did I mention my brother lives in New York City and my best friend lives in Tampa, Fla.? I know, I don’t even know why I work!

I know all my budgeteers didn’t get to go out of town for a Labor Day vacation, especially because of the gas prices, yikes! So, since it’s Sunday (and I’m assuming you’re reading this Sunday because you are so terribly devoted to me) and you’re probably sitting around the house saving money and trolling your friend’s Facebook who did go on vacation, I’m going to give you some tips on how to throw together a budget-friendly, last-minute Labor Day hoopla for Monday!

1. Send out invites via text or Facebook. While some “e-vites” scream of last-minute desperation, poke fun at yourself with a creative bunching of words: “Are you sitting at home? I am too! It’s Labor Day and I have nothing to do. Get out your lawn chairs and your trucker hat too, it won’t be fancy because that’s just how we do. I’ll fire the grill if you BYOB, it’s about to get silly with hot dogs and beef. I’m too poor for chips, so bring those as well, but if you’re broke too, then just bring yourself.”

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