One hundred dollars is a funny amount of money. As a child, $100 seemed huge and unattainable. Still now, as an adult, spending $100 feels like a big chunk of change when we are trying to stretch a budget. Yet, you can’t get much for $100 these days. We’re lucky if our weekly grocery bill hovers near the $100 mark. It usually soars above it. It is near impossible to get a new outfit for Mom or Dad under $100. Heck, even a nice pair of jeans or a well-fitted bra can push you over the $100 limit. It seems like we are shilling out $100s more and more and getting less and less in return.
Sometimes, it is hard to be an adult.
Recently, I was given the challenge to stretch $100. I was encouraged to see exactly how much $100 could get me at Walmart. So, on Friday, May 3rd, along with bloggers from across the country, I went to Walmart in search of a brand new outfit for me and a few extra things for my boys.
It started off as a hard trip for me. Had I been given this challenge in a few months from now, I would have chosen to redo a room or decorate an outdoor space for $100. But at the moment, given our tiny little apartment situation, that challenge simply didn’t fit my lifestyle. As a Mom who rarely spends money on herself (and who has a continually changing body shape), I can always handle a few extra items in the wardrobe. Additionally, as any Mom knows, it is nice to have an excuse to pamper yourself once in a while. But it has become so unnatural for me to buy for myself that I was wandering the store for a long time before finally feeling right about picking something out.
My goal was to pick out an outfit that would be appropriate for work, warm-weather friendly, and comfortable enough to want to wear on weekends. I also made a concerted effort to not buy anything black considering my wardrobe has been pretty monotone for the past few years and it certainly does not reflect my colour-loving personality.
I was surprised at how the clothes at Walmart definitely kept up with the fashion trends of the time, while still offering options for different body types and style preferences.
I tried on a number of different outfits and styles (partially because I have no idea what size I am, and also, looking in a dressing room mirror is pretty darn horrifying). Eventually I decided on a pair of white capris ($10), a yellow tank top ($10), and a blue cable-knit shrug ($12) to make the whole outfit work appropriate. Because summertime means air conditioning in my office, I also picked up a multicoloured, long-sleeved cardigan ($12) that I fell in love with.
After feeling sufficiently guilty for spending so much on myself (despite still having $66 left to spend), I picked up a Spiderman short & t-shirt set ($14) for Cameron (Mom of the year!) and a similar Superman set for Gavin ($12). A $5 t-shirt for Gav and a pack of Spiderman undies ($12.87) for my big boy completed my mission and left me feeling like a Super-mom for spoiling myself while still filling some of my family’s needs.
When it was all rang up, the outfit for me, outfit for each boy, additional sweater, t-shirt, and set of underwear all totalled $96.66 with tax.
Challenge met. That’s how you stretch a hundred bucks.
What is the best $100 that you’ve ever spent?
The small print: I was given a $100 Walmart gift-card for the sake of this challenge. The opinions and experience is entirely my own. Google WalmartFrugalHeroes to see how other bloggers stretched their $100.