As frugal people, we can probably all agree that we cut back on some parts of our lives in order to be indulgent in other parts of our lives. Enter…The Prom.
I cannot tell you how happy I am for my daughter that she is going to her Junior Prom. She deserves it for many, many, many different reasons. (Sniff, sniff)
The demands can be high for a four-hour event. But I’m indulging my daughter without going over the top, and because she is not spoiled, she’s able to look at all of this as a pampering that she knows will come every blue moon. I can see in her eyes that she appreciates the dress, the shoes, the nails, the hair, the special undergarments…sigh….
I could have rented a dress…or gone to a consignment shop, but chose not to and spent a bit more on a dress than I had planned. However, I pulled out my bag of frugal tricks on some of the periphery items. Though I insisted that I could do her nails myself (I have never applied an acrylic nail set before, so…um…), my husband convinced me to take her to a nail salon. Luckily, I found a perfect Groupon. Shoes? Well, being the practical girl she is, my daughter opted for strappy, but comfortable shoes (no crazy stiletto heels for her!) from…YES, JCP! And wouldn’t you know I had a great coupon to use on those shoes 🙂 Oh, and another JCP coupon for the undergarment she needs…for free. Semi-formal prom, semi-frugal purchases.
But this is why we do the frugal things we do…so we can indulge guilt-free every once in a while on the experiences that are so very worthwhile. And I’ll admit, I had a blast dress shopping with my lovely little lady and I have the hundred photos to prove it!
Then…there’s the senior prom….gulp…