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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

And the Winner Is....!

My nephew Drew is a junior in high school getting ready to go to his first prom. Being the clever lad that he is, he decided to save some on the cost by arranging a deal with a tuxedo rental shop: Drew wore won of their tuxedos to his high school for one whole day (hello, advertising), and in exchange he gets his tuxedo rent-free.

How cool is that? That's the very definition of bartering, my friends. Not to mention genius.

I have a few financial blogs I (try to) keep up with -- a few of them are on my sidebar. I happened across the blog Gather Little By Little when there was a contest asking for creative ideas on how to save money. The winner would receive a $25 Amazon gift certificate.

Having just read my sister's blog post about my nephew's savvy financial planning, I shamelessly decided to submit Drew's idea as my own and quickly sent off a comment:

"I admit I am borrowing this idea from my nephew, but it is just too clever not to share. Young men, for prom — instead of renting your tux, work out a bartering deal with the rental shop. My nephew wore one of their tuxes to his high school for a whole day (”advertising”), and in exchange he is getting his tux for prom rent-free! Now that’s using your noggin, as my grandma would say."

At least I admitted I stole the idea. Because I'm sure you can see where this is going ... I totally won the gift card! Woo-hoo!

In all fairness, and because I'm all about encouraging creative fiscal planning, I am going to pass this prize on to my nephew. Go treat yourself to a little Amazon shopping, okay, Drew? Just drop me an email (comment) and I'll send the e-card right to your inbox. Instant gratification. Knock yourself out.

(In all honesty, this will actually be a test to see how long until my sister catches up with my blog -- and since they're traveling on their Spring Break right now, I'm betting it will be a bit -- because my nephew read his aunt's blog? Puh-leeze.)

**Go here to see Drew as a walking ad ... And as I read my sister's post again, I realized I was a tad bit mistaken: he gets a major discount on the tux rental, but it's not completely free. Oops. My bad.

It should be free. Does that count?


The Bernhard 4 said...

Great post, Jolyn! If your nephew doesn't claim the gift card soon, send it my way! Or, I'll give him $25 for it and he can use the $25 for prom!!! Just kidding.

Mike and Erin said...

What a savvy kid! And good for you for submitting it. Glad he got some credit and hope he has a great prom.

Olson Family said...

Have to admire the spirit of your nephew!
Thanks for your comments. Your asked why we are in Switz. at one point. My Hub is a CPA(audit) and has a banking client - Oh my, hasn't the last year been fun - NOT. But God is gracious and we are/have been patiently waiting (since Sept.) to see if we are getting an extension or going home (not that we know where home will be yet). No so different than military in that regard I think? We were just near Wuerzburg in Nov. with my dad. He was stationed with the Army at Peden Barracks in Wertheim. The Barracks no longer exist - it was all given back to the city in the early 80's I believe - made him a little sad. Beautiful along the Tauber river though.
OK longest comment is over now :).

Drew Dahlsten said...

We are in Spring Break still but my mom was able to keep up fairly well. You don't need to give me that gift card though. You submitted the idea so you can keep it. Thanks for giving me credit.


Tara said...

that is amazing! what an awesome kid! thanks for dropping by my Cherish Bound business giveaway!!!

The Happy Housewife said...

Great idea! It is nice when you see kids learning these things, hopefully they will transfer into adulthood. We need more financial savvy adults in the world! Congrats on the gift card. I love that blog too!

Organizing Mommy said...

My DH cuts all the kids' hair, but occasionally the princess cuts her own! Thanks for coming to my blog. I am no longer a military wife, but I was for the first 10 years of marriage. It's hard to believe we've been out for almost 8 years??