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Just ordered college senior portraits

March 21st, 2018 at 10:33 am

The end of college for our daughter is rapidly approaching. She graduates in 51 days! That's the first time I've actually counted.

She submitted her degree info a couple of weeks ago (and paid the $85 graduation fee). Today's milestone was ordering senior portraits. We did what we have always done with school photos and gone for one of the cheapest packages. In this case, the 2nd cheapest because the absolute cheapest only included one pose and we wanted both cap and gown and informal poses.

The list price on the package was $269 but when they mailed the proofs, they included an "early bird" offer for 10% off packages up to $299, so we saved $26.90 with that code. After tax and shipping, the total came to $266.14. While that certainly isn't cheap, it is right in line with what I was expecting so I'm okay with that. I kind of figured the whole process of graduation would cost us about $1,000. That includes photos, any school fees, a hotel room for the event, and any other miscellaneous expenses.

Of course, an even bigger deal is that the very last tuition payment is due April 15 for $3,100. I've been paying $3,100/month since December. I can't wait until May when I'll start getting to keep that $3,100/month in my pocket instead.

9 Responses to “Just ordered college senior portraits”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Was this something offered at the school. I've never heard or known about college graduation photos.

  2. Rose. Says:

    Congratulations to you and your daughter. Smile You both made it.

  3. PatientSaver Says:

    They seem overpriced, but yeah, they usually are. What will you do with the $3100?

  4. disneysteve Says:

    ccf, you've never heard of senior photos? Really? We certainly had them when I went to college in the 80s. I think it's pretty standard at all schools to have pictures taken.

    PatientSaver - I talked about this on the forums. https://www.savingadvice.com/forums/investing-banking/86994-what-do-extra-money-each-month.html Basically we'll first payoff our HELOC, then split money between extra cash savings for short term stuff, extra retirement savings, and extra mortgage payments.

  5. creditcardfree Says:

    I really don't remember hearing about them when I went to college and I graduated in 1995. I guess if they did offer them it wasn't that big of a deal. Or at least I didn't think that it was. I still don't I guess! I'm also indifferent on high school photos. Nice for them to be offered.

  6. disneysteve Says:

    Funny story about college photos. In my younger days, I was an avid photographer and occasionally did some paid work. When I was a junior, my girlfriend at the time was a senior. To save her some money, I shot her senior portraits. When other people found out I was doing that, several of them also hired me to do theirs. So I made a few extra bucks and they all saved a bunch of money over the official school photographer.

    A lot of schools don't allow that anymore. They've made it so that if you don't use the appointed photographer, your photo won't be in the yearbook.

  7. rob62521 Says:

    We had senior photos when I was in college in the early 1980s. It sounds like you got a good deal on the photos.

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