Yes to the Bridesmaid Dress Again

bridesmaid dress bridal party costFlower girl, usher, and now a bridesmaid for the fifth time. This is not my first rodeo. I have been standing up in weddings for as long as I can remember. For as long as I could walk, really. I know there are steep bridal party costs that come with saying yes to the dress. But I said yes anyway.

It happened on Halloween. First, I pulled out a beautiful candle. Then, a few sweets tumbled out. Then, a Ring Pop with a note attached to it. Will you be my bridesmaid? My instinct was to say no to the expense. This would be my fifth bridesmaid dress. Five dresses I’ll never wear again. Assuredly, the road to financial independence is not paved with taffeta. But when I saw the look of anticipation on my cousin’s face, I couldn’t help but squeal a yes.  Continue reading “Yes to the Bridesmaid Dress Again”

Yes to the Bridesmaid Dress Again

I Spent $700 on a Pair of Shoes and I’d Do it Again

I Bought a $700 Pair of Shoes & I'd Do it AgainDid you hear the flurry of personal finance bloggers simultaneously clicking unfollow on Twitter? I just admitted to owning a $700 pair of shoes, and I had the gall to say that purchase wasn’t wasteful. Someone take this blog away from me, right?

I know that designer shoes aren’t for everyone. I’m also confident that I absolutely could have made it through my wedding day just fine on shoes that cost a fraction of the price. More than that, though, I am certain that I’ve learned more about personal finance by investing in these heels than anyone–including me–would have ever guessed.  Continue reading “I Spent $700 on a Pair of Shoes and I’d Do it Again”

I Spent $700 on a Pair of Shoes and I’d Do it Again