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October 1st, 2012 at 08:05 am

My daughter (15)recently told me the halloween costume that she wants is $40.00. Her friend and herself are dressing up as the same thing. I think $40 is too much for a costume that is only going to be worn once. She asked if I would split the price with her and I said $20 is to much. I think she knows it's to expensive and doesn't want to spend her own money. She is saving for something and has been for awhile. Hopefully she will search the internet fot homemade costumes that won't break the bank...

In other news, oldest(17) has started an envelope system for his bills. He says it's nice to know where money is allocated and how much he has left for discretionary spending. I told him this kind of budget has been around for years...it's an elementary kind of budgeting system that is widely used. He told me he has $30 to last for 2 wks and he had just filled up his truck. He said he can make it work. Love that kid and his level head!

5 Responses to “Costumes”

  1. laura Says:

    I think it is wise to split the cost. My oldest is now a freshman in high school (and is the oldest of five). She thought she wanted Sperry Topsider shoes (which all of her friends have). I gave her the $30 I would have spent, saying she could put it toward her purchase. She ended up at Shoe Carnival about bought something she thought she could wear for $26. They were grey, an unapproved color. She returned them and found ballet type flats at Payless for $14.99. She actually ended up making money on the deal!

  2. Momma23 Says:

    Laura, We do split the cost on many things and I pay for many things myself. I just don't justify spending $40 on a costume that she will wear once. Smile

  3. rachel021406 Says:

    Splitting it seems reasonable. I can rarely find my step daughter a costume for $20.00. Usually she has multiple parties or situations where she can wear the costume more than once though. Costumes are so expensive these days.

  4. creditcardfree Says:

    Have you considered looking for this same costume online? Ebay has many costumes new and used for less than a retail store. Costumes can also be resold online as well. I bought my daughter a rather expensive costume two years ago when she was 13. She wore it for two years and more than once each year. I just resold it on ebay for more than half of my purchase price. I think I paid $40 and sold for $30.

    I do support the homemade costume as well. We have had more years of those actually. Some of those are the most original and generally those most frugal!

  5. Looking Forward Says:

    It is crazy how costumes keep getting more and more expensive. She might find something on e-Bay or C.List.

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