Son is a junior in High School and this past Saturday was the HS Prom. This was his first chance to attend. I'd been dreading it for the past year after hearing all the horror stories from other mothers who'd tell me of the hundreds of $$$ it cost them for their sons and daughters to go in years past.Well, total outlay for us was little under $150, which I thought was pretty good.Started with the Tux:About a month ago, I noticed a thread on Fatwallet's Hot Deals forum for renting a wedding tux through the Men's Warehouse for $50. Problem, there is no MW stores near here. I keep reading the posts...and problem solved. One poster mentioned that most Al's FormalWear stores will match any competitors coupons. We have an Al's in the mall. While I'm getting ready to print the MW coupon from the website, I see a little flashing icon for a special prom tux deal. Rent the tux for a prom instead of a wedding and get another 10% off. So we could get a regular $120 rental for $45 bucks and he gets to keep the socks. ;-)Son wound up escorting 2 girls who had planned on going stag. When they found out the Saturday before the prom that Son didn't have a date yet, they drove over and asked him if he wanted to go with them. Made his week that he went from no dates to 2 dates....and THEY asked him!I spent another $14 on flowers to make 2 wrist corsages instead of the $25 to $40 that friends of mine were spending on one from the florist. Turned out just as good as the ones I'd already seen and the girls were thrilled with them even though they'd told Son not to get them corsages.That brings total expenses to $59.Son, dates and 9 of their friends went to the local Red Lobster. Total with tip was $26. Prom ticket was $10 and the two girls had already purchased theirs.Total now up to $95.I'd bought a $5 toss away camera for them to take with. Developing adds another $7.Then the 3 of them decided on the smaller package of prom pics, $39 and they split the cost between them. Total.........$146 for a night to remember.Plus, Son spent some time with 2 really nice girls who he'd never thought of asking out...but now realizes he has alot in common with both of them. So he's planning on asking them out in the next few weeks again. Best part of the whole thing was on Thursday when we were picking up the tux. The woman in front of me was going on and on about how much it was costing her to send her son. The tux alone was $120!!! <gasp!>Then she commented on how good Son looked in his tux and how much did I have to spend on that one. So I told her the regular price...paused...then added that I'd printed a coupon from the internet and got the rental for $45.She smiled knowingly, "oooooohhhh." "Well," she went on..."my son deserves the best. After all, he's a straight A student and in the top 20 percent of his class."As if getting deal on it suddenly made the tux worth less.(You know I couldn't leave it like that!!!)"Ooooohhhh. Well, isn't that a coincidence. Son's a straight A student too and tops in his class as well. But he understands that it's better to keep as many dollars in his pocket as he can and still get the best."I love getting a good deal.Amazing.
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