Have a gander at my 2012 budget halloween costume, when I was John from the novel John Dies at the End.
Plaid shirt from Target for about $8 on clearance.
Balls: It’s What’s For Dinner shirt from a mall kiosk, about $15.
Baseball bat with bible pages: $5 for the bat, $4 for the bible, $3.99 for the spray glue.
Jeans and boots already owned. Borrowed cigarettes, $7.99 clearance 12pk of Leinie’s Snowstorm.
Definitely more expensive than an effortless costume, but I feel that it turned out pretty sharp, if a bit obscure.