It’s that time of year folks! Spring Dances. My pocketbook cringes every year in fear of what our daughters are going to fall in love with. I have gotten incredibly lucky. For both of Lauren’s proms we paid out maybe $100 on each. She volunteered to be a model for a non-profit organization that was giving dresses to those who couldn’t afford one. For modeling she got to pick out her favorite dress before the event started. Well, I am thinking that some of that good sense trickled right on down to Rachel.
Rachel and a friend asked to go to the mall and try on dresses last weekend. They do this all the time for fun. So when I got a text that she had found “the one!” I was not prepared. With my heart thumping wild and crazy I texted her back, “How much?” She didn’t reply right away. I knew it had to be bad. I was prepared to tell her that maybe we could find something cheaper at any other store than at Deb. Yeah! She was in Deb! She finally texted me back when Steve was driving over to pick them up. It was the prettiest number I had ever seen. $20. Phew!
After school yesterday we drove over, holding our breaths the whole time, that this dress was still on the clearance rack. The little turkey burger failed to tell me that she hid the dress in the store in hopes no one would see it. Imagine my surprise when she rushes over to a $100 dress rack and starts to push dresses around. That surprise was even bigger when pulls from the very back her adorable little $20 dress. I checked the price tag twice. It started out at $70, then dropped to $40 and was now $20. Sweet!!
We get to the register and our cashier started raving on what a deal we were getting. She even went as far as to say no one ever gets a deal as good we got. I knew we had scored but didn’t think it was that big of a deal. What I wasn’t aware of was that everything in the store, including sales items, were 40% off!!! Yeah I said that. 40% off. So Rachel’s dress for her spring dance in May only cost me $13. She found a $70 dress and we paid $13. I’m still in shock!!
Hopefully, she will share her good budget sense with her step sisters. Thankfully, this year we don’t have to do a spring dance dress for Heather since this year she will be with her mom the week of the dance. But if it was ours to buy, I was going to send Rachel with her to find one first!!
And…drum roll please….the dress (but add spaghetti straps and take away the bow). It hits Rachel right at her knee. She already has shoes to go with it and I’m her hair dresser. She is going to be gorgeous.