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I Bought THE Dress :)

January 18th, 2016 at 02:47 pm

So I spent a lot of money for me today.

This morning I spent a little more time futzing with my application, and ... submitted it. Yikes.

Then I headed to a bridal dress shop I'd passed by several times before, and had seen on the knot that they had discontinued dresses and LOTS of choices for the non svelte figure types.

C, a mutual friend of Mr. FTs and I, agreed to come with me and be an opinionated eye.

I must have tried on 20 dresses. Finally there was one I could actually step INTO and not struggle to get over my head.

And .. it was just about perfect!

It's going to need a little alteration - straps removed, bust area taken in, etc. (It's probably about a size too big.)

I gulped at the price, but after having seen what most of the other gowns were going for, and realizing that time wasn't on my side to have something ordered ... I went for it.

$520 after taxes, etc. and before alterations.

What kind of made me go for the expensive dress rather than the one I ordered off Amazon is ... well, the b&b place has a staircase you can walk down as part of your entrance. I want a little bit of a train to make that entrance really awesome. Smile

I actually think I like this one better than the one I found in Omaha - not a LOT better, but definitely better enough to forego the $300 price difference. Big Grin (The Omaha one was $800+)

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I stopped by the Bakery Mr. FT suggested to me last night, but they close at 1 p.m. everyday. So ... it looks like I'm going to be delegating that job to Mr. FT. He's going to love that (actually, he might really love it. Taste some samples ...)

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I saw an almost perfect house on FB today. 77k Owner Financed. 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, basement, recently remodeled insides. W/D included. They were asking for a $2500 downpayment and then $1050/month. I pm'd the guy and asked how much of a downpayment they'd need to get the payment to $700/month.

His response made me roll my eyes so hard in frustration. "It would take a pretty substantial downpayment to get to that amount." Uh ... okay. Thanks for not answering my question.

So I responded by asking if a $15k downpayment would get the monthly amount to $800? He said he could work with us on it. Smile I guess he realized that I wasn't dumb and thinking just a little more would do it.

I would need to take money from my ROTH (the one I've had 10+ years) plus cash money to do it (from Mr FT and I both), but it could be done.

I've got an email in to Mr. FT to see if he'd like me to schedule a viewing on Sunday so we can check it out. (Thursday we are checking out the bed and breakfast.)

Nevermind ... just got an email back from Mr. FT saying it's in a horrible neighborhood. So, scratch that. Something else will come up. Just have to keep eyes pealed. Smile

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The local library has a stinky new rule that DVDs can only be checked out a week at a time. This is going to cause me to have lots of late fines I forsee. I take the DVDs out, and sometimes it takes me weeks and weeks before I watch them. Will just have to not put more than one at a time on hold I guess. (So I don't have six of them come in on the same day .. like I had happen last week.)

19 Responses to “I Bought THE Dress :)”

  1. Mich Says:

    Congrats on finding your dress. I'M sure it's beautiful on u

  2. Petunia 100 Says:

    Would love to see a picture of the dress. Smile

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    How exciting on finding your dress! I bought my dress in Wahoo. At the Bridal Outlet there. Paid $299 back in 1996. It is a nice feeling to have a dress you really like for your special day, but it sure doesn't have to cost a ton.

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Thanks Mich. Smile
    Petunia - You will get to see a picture of it. After I get back from my honeymoon. Smile
    CCF - Thanks! It was exciting - especially to be able to find one that I liked about as much as the one in Omaha. It felt really bizzare to spend that much money on a dress, but I do kind of get *why* it costs more than a regular dress.

  5. crazyliblady Says:

    Do you photos of the dress?

  6. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Yes, the friend who was with me took photos. I don't want to post them here in the unlikely event that Mr. FT happened across it. Smile Once the wedding has happened .. well then, photos will be posted. Smile

  7. Petunia 100 Says:

    It makes sense, but the suspense is killing me. Smile

  8. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Smile Maybe I can post a snippet of a picture - or post one and leave it up for a day, then delete. I could do that. Smile

  9. snafu Says:

    Thrilled you found and bought Your Dress without hesitation. We'd all appreciate a photo up for a brief time. Can Amazon purchase be cancelled/returned? Perhaps fiancÚ could take photos of bakery choices as we'll all enjoy the special joy your wedding plans evoke. What are you considering for hair and veil? Shoes?

    Is March 27th target date for mailing invitations?

    Thanks for taking time to act on college job.
    Is house mentioned in a district targeted for gentrification?

  10. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Snafu - Yes, Amazon purchases can be returned (I made sure of that when I ordered them.) I'll see if Mr FT will do that (take pictures of the cakes.)

    Hair and veil ... haven't figured that out just yet. Maybe that's a good excuse to post a photo. Smile Have you all help me figure it out. Shoes - the most comfortable possible - not worrying too much about them since the dress will be covering them! Smile
    March 27 sounds about right for the invitations. 6 weeks out.

    Don't know about the gentrification thing. (I know what it is, but don't know if the house is in it or not.

  11. Amber Says:

    Congratulations on your engagement and finding your dress.

  12. My English Castle Says:

    wowo--lots going on in your world!!!

  13. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Congratulations on finding THE dress Smile. What you spent is very reasonable.

  14. Allison Says:

    Congrats to you! Wedding dress shopping was actually a lot of fun. I hope you enjoyed being a princess for a day. And congrats on the engagement!!!

  15. CB in the City Says:

    I would love to see the dress, but you do whatever makes you comfortable!

  16. debt-free by thir-ty Says:

    So happy you found the dress! It's always a nice feeling when that happens. I lucked out and got my dress for $200, but then the alterations were $500. Can't wait to see pictures of it!!

    6 weeks out from the end of March puts your wedding sometime in May. Mine's the 21st, so we're pretty close! My invitations are going out early February though because it's destination.

  17. scottish girl Says:

    Congrats on finding the dress. Mind was 699 not including alterations.

  18. MonkeyMama Says:

    Congrats on finding THE dress.

  19. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Thanks everyone!

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