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Overview on Communion/Entertainment Expenses

April 30th, 2007 at 12:52 pm

Haven't blogged in awhile - Family activities took over all moments of spare time.

This past weekend DD8 made her First Communion - Sacrament on Saturday, Celebration on Sunday. Because we had DD9's Communion last year, I had a good idea on how much to budget. Here were my totals:

Dinner/Lunch out: $120 2006, $50 2007
(DD8 loves a local pulled pork place, and we did lunch rather than dinner at an Itaian restuarant)

Cake: $34 2006, $56 2007
(DD8 HAD to have the cake shaped like a Cross with lavendar and pink roses/sprinkles)

Grociers for Celebration: $120 2007
(This included White Wine from Aldi's as well as beautiful fowers. All I couldn't find there was Ricotta cheese for my lasagna)

My clothing: This is a category that was nonexistent for awhile, but I did manage to pull myself together: Spend on clothing $75 (one dress was $74 but had $50 gift card - $24 of my own dollars, and the other was $48 plus tax). Also went to Payless and gt 4 pair of shoes for my DD9 and myself (3 pairs! all sandals) at Buy One get 1/2 Off. And my hair - $10 hair cut at Great Clips ($7.99 coupon for cut an $2.01 plus tax) and $7.99 plus tax for Box of Hair Color

I'm pretty pleased with myself and my money management - plus DD8 got generous monetary gifts from her grandparents - she did ask if she could buy herself a pair of Crocs with some of her money - I said Yes.

First Communion Outfit Complete for Under $30

April 4th, 2007 at 04:14 pm

We are a Catholic family and First Communion is a big deal for us.

DD9 made hers last year - she is my practical girl who doesn't give much thought to her appearance. We got her dress on sale the year prior for $21 and she wore nylons ($1.00 at Walmart) and shoes she already had. Biggest cost was $22.00 for veil.

Well, DD8 is my fashionista glitter girl. She got a gown (far grander than DD9) last year - $112 SRP that I paid $23.99 for. A trip to Meijers got her a pair of over-the-top lacy anklets (clearance $1). She didn't want a veil, so I got her a wreath of flowers with ribbon (flower girl style) for $4.50 (used 40% off Michael's coupons). She has white glitter shoes. So all in all, not bad. She looks like she cost a lot more than that.

I share this because I overheard a conversation between two mothers. One has twins and opted for a Trunk Show at Von Maur's (upscale dept store in midwest) and paid ONLY $900.00 for both ensembles (apparently sweater capes where purchased to go with the sleeveless dresses). OH MY ...