We sat down and tallied it all up last night and wrote the check. The final cost for the cap and gown fees, the announcements, namecards and tissue inserts came to $241.11. That's $8.89 less than I expected! Yes, I know, in the grand scheme of things, $8.89 isn't much but it is SOME savings! That's $8.89 that I don't have to come up with from somewhere else. And that's a very good thing.
That's $8.89 I can put towards debt this month since I didn't think I was going to be able to make the full debt payment I wanted to make. My minimum due per month is $150, however, in my quest to get out from under that debt before the Princess goes off to college, I'm currently putting $500 per month towards it --- and hoping that after this debt free Christmas, I can hit that harder because the $500 per month will NOT get that debt eliminated by August 2012, however short of never leaving the house, I can't cut any more than I have from the budget!
And in other related news, I spoke with Princess Penelope's step-mom last night when we were tabulating up the final numbers for how many announcements they wanted to send. She told me she was going to run her numbers this week and send me a check to help cover some of the costs. That makes me VERY happy because I didn't even ask! It will be fantastic to have some relief from some of these costs. I don't care if it's $10, $20 or $50, that's $10, $20 or $50 that I can put towards my debt. So.... Yea!!!!! And here's hoping!