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Months ago, as soon as it hit the Internet, I fell in love with this bumblebee costume from Gymboree. (Just so you know, as much as I LOVE Gymboree, I am definitely not paid for any of those links. In case you were wondering.)
The problem? It was in the neighborhood of $35.
I usually spend about $5 for pieces of clothing for myself–if that–and $1-$3 for pieces of Libbie. I just didn’t feel like I could justify spending over $30 for a Halloween costume Libbie would probably wear once or twice, be angry about wearing, and she would not even go trick-or-treating in. I honestly probably talked about it to five people because I am that insane. I was trying to find some way to justify it to myself, because darn it, I wanted her to have an outfit that I picked out for her first real Halloween.
[Last Halloween she was 4 days old, and I hadn’t bought a costume because I wasn’t sure I’d have a baby by then!]
And then we had that whole budget talk thing and realized that with a mortgage and a rent, we don’t have a lot of expendable income. Dreams of a baby bumblebee fell to the wayside. In exchange for, oh, heat. And food. Things I think Libbie probably appreciates.
Then my sweet friend Steph brought me a pile of hand-me-downs from her daughter, Ella. And in that pile was a precious Minnie Mouse dress. It was perfectly sized for Libbie.
And although she was grumpy, tired, and had just had four shots that afternoon, she rocked it at our church’s Fall Fest on Thursday night.
Maybe we’ll try dressing up again tonight. Maybe we’ll just enjoy the evening and chill instead.
I’m giving up on a perfect Halloween. Are you?