My wedding on Long Island costed about $12k for the same amount of people, but we did the whole sit-down bit at a wedding hall because my husband wanted the more traditional wedding (it was my 2nd, I would have been fine at City Hall). It can be done as long as you prioritize what you really want. I wanted a photographer but didn't care about a videographer and did my own makeup. We got married and had the reception in the same place and drove our car at the end of the night, not a limo. I was fine with the cake and flowers that came with our package and didn't do any upgrades. A traditional wedding can be done on the cheap without having to resort to a dessert reception.
I went to UGA, lived in Moose Club and now live in NY, and I think I've said the first sentence you wrote out loud about 8,000 times since I moved here in 2000. It's depressing. I would sell my soul for a washer and dryer.
@Megano! For reals. The jerk store called, lady, and they're running out of you. What kind of person has the balls to say something like that to not only a stranger, but a group of strangers at that?
I sent my mom a nice card & a t-shirt from the clearance rack at Target with Edward from Twilight on it. The t-shirt was kind of a joke, but she really really loved it, to the point I had to tell her that she's not allowed to wear it out of the house. Moms.
I don't have these, but they look really cool. http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=22505846 I just couldn't handle having all those books on the floor, although you've made it look appealing.
I have a Lord & Taylor gift card like this - it mysteriously came in the mail last year with $175 on it (I don't even shop there, so it wasn't from a previous purchase). I've spent it down to $63 (mostly on Christmas gifts), and I can't seem to spend the rest of it. I think I'm just waiting to spend it on something I really need vs. something I want just for wanting's sake. I would spend that T.J. Maxx card slowly in the gourmet food aisle. $7 bag of premium coffee here, $5 awesome scone mix there.
Oh, MOMS. They're all psychic in that unsettling way.
This is pretty much why I stopped going to movies. There is a glimmer of hope with Alamo Drafthouse coming to NYC, but I wonder how their stringent talking/texting rules are going to go over here.
@short shrift That was way harsh, Tai. But seriously, I like the idea behind this but maybe you can give him something without buying a lot of plastic crap. Have his parents set up a 529 account or something like that for college? Contribute most of what you would have spent to that, then buy him a coloring book or bubbles or something. Kids are like cats, they ignore expensive toys most of the time and play with cheap/free things (up to a certain age anyway).