I wanna scream right now!!
I just got set up with this really awesome deal for my daughters senior pictures..All she has to do is pass out the info of the photographer at school to get people to get their pics taken with them too and she will get $475 worth of pictures done for FREE! Well she was all for it until she found out she would have to take the senior pics in a couple months and she won't be a senior until next year..I don't see the big deal when we are getting her pictures for free especially considering we are so broke and I'm sure we won't be doing any better off by next year...Either way we are still doing it cause I already told the lady yes and they are FREE. But I'm really pissed right now that she is still gonna expect to get them done again when she is actually a senior..I don't get it!
I asked a family friend, had to pay her $50 for her time. She put all the pictures on a CD for me then all I had to do was take the pictures to Walmart to get them developed. We picked the favorites, got one copy of each, asked my friends which ones they wanted, then printed off what I needed.
For my Grad party and ceremony announcements, I went to a local print company and printed up post cards.. My picture and info for everything with a note to call if they needed directions to anything. I think we spent $150 total and they were all professional jobs, just not as fancy as the other kids'. My parents paid for the announcements, I had to pay for the pictures.
I know I have littles, but here's an idea.. Tell her she has to do this photo shoot and if she insists on doing more next year then she needs to have the money to pay for them. I know it sounds mean, but since you are already providing her with professional senior pictures, then you shouldn't feel bad for saying no to more.
But we were simple people and found a way to do everything as cheaply as we could... And I think it was just as nice as my rich friend's parties.
Hugs. You can do this! Start a list, write everything down... Have your daughter make a list about what she wants. Some of the stuff (like the food) you can't buy until you need it, but if you know what you want, you can know how much you need and save for it so it doesn't hit you all at once.