Broke-Ass Author: Holly


Credit: A Sight of Love

I know a while back I posted about some of my adventures trying to find a dress for a little bit cheaper. I ended up going the route of buying a sample, partially — but not entirely — for the purpose of savings.

Let me explain:

I set a budget for approximately $2000 CAD (About $1500 USD) for my dress. I went to a few dress shops, and tried on a few dresses I liked a lot, but a lot of the ones I liked were just slightly out of my price range. I tried searching online for dresses in a similar style that might cost a little less. More than a few sample sales and Google searches later, I was feeling a bit defeated.

Suddenly, I came across a gorgeous little number that was beautiful and unique … but had been discontinued. Thankfully, the designer had a list of stores in my city that had carried the design in the past. I called about six stores before I got through to one that did have it, a sample. I booked an appointment and came down to try it on that same day. Lo and behold, it fit, albeit it was a touch snug. It retailed for $2200, but the saleslady offered my 10% off, since it was the sample. Naive as I was, I accepted, thinking that was a great deal (it really wasn’t). I was right on budget and I had my dream dress — it was “the one”.

Unfortunately, by now I’ve realized that there was a TON of extra costs associated with buying the dress.

Firstly, I had to have more alterations done to the sample than if i had ordered a new dress. I would have been better off ordering one size up, and then having it taken in, rather than having the sample taken out. Then, I had to have it dry cleaned due to several marks left from all the people who had tried it on, and the cost of dry cleaning a dress of that style was MORE than the money I had saved!

More than $400 in alterations and a $275 dry cleaning bill later, I ended up spending more than my budget and probably more than I would have if I had bought a new dress.


Sometimes all the cost saving hacks aren’t as great as they might seem. Had I been a little more savvy, had I read a few more blogs … maybe I would have known that!

However, this dress is amazing and I’m in love with it, so in the end, I wouldn’t have changed it. But I sure would have tried to haggle myself a better discount!!


  • 7/25

    I’m going to reach way back in the archives of my life to tell you a little more about how Ev and I met and our bestie. When I was 14, may family moved and I started high school in a brand new area, not knowing anyone. I had been bullied previously, so my game plan was to keep a fairly low profile. I’m a bit of an introvert, so I didn’t expect to make too many friends very quickly. See below graph for illustration:

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    Luckily, I happened to sit next to an extrovert in one of my classes.

    D struck up a conversation with me almost immediately and was full of funny quips and one-liners, helping me feel at ease. I remember it wasn’t long before we were getting singled out nearly every class for talking too much (RIP my GPA). We became best friends and had a lot of excellent times, watching movies, hiking and driving around when there was nothing else to do. His whole family adopted me, and were always happy to have me over for dinner. During that time, I was dating someone, but D often mentioned that he had a childhood friend that he wanted to set me up with, should my boyfriend and I ever break up. His friend and I did end up meeting at D’s birthday party one year, and we chatted, but nothing else came of it. My boyfriend and I ended up breaking up right before my first year of university and D took his opportunity, giving his friend my email address so we could talk on MSN. I’m sure by now you’ve figured out that this friend was Evan, and the rest is history.

    Last year, shortly after Ev and I got engaged, D proposed to his longtime girlfriend and we were thrilled. Initially we planned to separate our weddings by a couple months, but situations arose that resulted in planning our weddings six weeks apart. D. made Ev his groomsman, and Ev and I made him a hybrid groomsman/bridesman. I even got to hang at his bachelor party, which was a total blast. During the planning states, we shared a lot of wedding pro tips, and offered each other a listening ear when stress got high.

    This weekend, I’m in my hometown, getting ready to head to his rehearsal dinner. I wont lie, initially, I was afraid that there might be some stress associated with the two weddings so close to each other, what with the cost of flying, hotels, gifts, but in the end but those factors were vastly overshadowed by the support I felt from having a friend who was going through a lot of the same things as me. Plus, Evan and I get to take a break from planning our wedding, and just enjoy relaxing and being guests at someone else’s before we have our own. I’m excited!



  • 7/11

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