My middle son is going to prom with his girlfriend this Saturday. Last year I learned (and choked on) the cost of renting a tux for the big event: about $200. I told him that I have no problem spending that amount of money for a suit, which he can wear indefinitely to graduations, funerals, job interviews, weddings, etc. But I just can’t make my fingers let go of that kind of money to rent a suit of clothes for a night.
The menswear shop wanted to sell us a shirt, tie and cuff links that would match the girlfriend’s dress. [For the life of me, I do not understand this idea that the couple have to wear the same colors.] Son described the dress as “robin’s egg blue.” We bought a shirt, that needed cuff links, in that color. But I still wasn’t convinced about this plan. For one thing the shirt cost $94 and the cuff links were $40.
Anyway, we took the shirt to visit the dress, and they just could not get along. The dress was more of a cerulan blue. I was relieved. I practically ran back to the store the next day to return the shirt and cuff links. Then I strolled down the strip mall a short distance to one of my favorite discount stores: TJ Maxx and found a lovely white shirt for $13.99 and a tie that actually matches the dress for $12.99. Whew!
Saved $109 dollars, even if he never wears the tie again.