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“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without”
My Fabulous Frugal Find
It’s Homecoming season. You know what that means. Expensive dresses for our teenage girls, right? Not necessarily!
My fabulous frugal find is a Homecoming dress for my daughter, a junior in high school. Look at the first picture, which girl do you think is wearing an $8 dress found on sale at Goodwill?
While some of my daughter’s friends drive BMWs and brand new Jeep Cherokees (handed down or bought by parents), she drives a 2001 VW Passat that she helped pay for herself. The same range occurs in this group of girls’ dresses. Some girls paid $150.00 or more for theirs and some girls got them on the clearance rack for $25.00.
Last year, I was able to find my daughter a homecoming dress for free. It was on clearance at JC Penney for $9.99 and I had a $10.00 off anything coupon. While the dress was cute, it wasn’t near the quality of the dress we found at Goodwill. And that’s part of the point here. The picture below is of my daughter in her $8.00 dress. It looks like it was made for her. The fit and quality of the fabrics is so much nicer than the majority of the dresses that her friends wore. And, it fits so nicely with Katy’s “buy nothing new” philosophy.
We actually found this dress in June, along with another dress that she’ll wear to Winter Formal. And that’s another point. You can’t go to Goodwill looking for something specific exactly when you need it. Chances are, you’re not going to find it. We had heard about a “boutique” Goodwill store in a nice part of town and decided to check it out.
We weren’t looking for semi-formal dresses, we just went to see what it was like. It was a much easier store to shop, simply because there was less merchandise. Because we found two beautiful dresses that had tag colors that were 40% off that day, we decided to buy both of them. So come February, when the rest of her friends are running around trying to find their Winter Formal dresses, she’ll already be set.
Now, if we can just find a Fabulously Frugal Prom dress!