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16 Jan 2008, 23:27
toga, I need to find your tailor

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GMAT: $250 GMAT website study:$40
Application fees: $875 4 Cashmere Wool Suits and 7 silk shirts all tailored and 4 silk ties - for interviews:$300

= $1465 - yay!!! I am a cheapskate Senior Manager Joined: 08 Feb 2007 Posts: 407 Followers: 4 Kudos [?]: 35 [0], given: 11 Re: Cha-Ching! Add it up! [#permalink] Show Tags 17 Jan 2008, 00:30 GMAT = 500 GMAT Books = 200 MBA Books = 100 Trip to presentations = 300 Applications = 1250 Lost relationship = ..... Loss of friends = ..... Total = 2350 + my life Director Joined: 18 Dec 2007 Posts: 983 Location: Hong Kong Concentration: Entrepreneurship, Technology Schools: Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) - Class of 2010 Followers: 12 Kudos [?]: 134 [0], given: 10 Re: Cha-Ching! Add it up! [#permalink] Show Tags 17 Jan 2008, 02:24 bsd_lover wrote: toga, I need to find your tailor togafoot wrote: GMAT:$250
GMAT website study: $40 Application fees:$875
4 Cashmere Wool Suits and 7 silk shirts all tailored and 4 silk ties - for interviews: $300 =$1465 - yay!!! I am a cheapskate

Ive posted it somewhere, but ill repeat it here :-

Vietnam, Hoi an, is full of tailors. Good prices for good quality clothing, Stay for a few days so that you can do the fitting and make any adjustments to the clothes to ensure they fit properly.

TO get there... Fly to da nang and get a taxi. Hoi an is a coastal area so there is a nice beach as well, plus they have their own style of cuisine. Its quiet, and relaxing place. Great for a holiday.

Cost of trip to vietnam is not in my list because it was booked before i even realised i was going to do an MBA.

Thailand is your alternative but more expensive than Vietnam.
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17 Jan 2008, 02:35
togafoot wrote:
bsd_lover wrote:
toga, I need to find your tailor

togafoot wrote:
GMAT: $250 GMAT website study:$40
Application fees: $875 4 Cashmere Wool Suits and 7 silk shirts all tailored and 4 silk ties - for interviews:$300

= $1465 - yay!!! I am a cheapskate Ive posted it somewhere, but ill repeat it here :- Vietnam, Hoi an, is full of tailors. Good prices for good quality clothing, Stay for a few days so that you can do the fitting and make any adjustments to the clothes to ensure they fit properly. TO get there... Fly to da nang and get a taxi. Hoi an is a coastal area so there is a nice beach as well, plus they have their own style of cuisine. Its quiet, and relaxing place. Great for a holiday. Cost of trip to vietnam is not in my list because it was booked before i even realised i was going to do an MBA. Thailand is your alternative but more expensive than Vietnam. Lately Vietnam has been scoring good points as an international holiday location. Here's another good reason to go there Director Joined: 18 Dec 2007 Posts: 983 Location: Hong Kong Concentration: Entrepreneurship, Technology Schools: Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) - Class of 2010 Followers: 12 Kudos [?]: 134 [0], given: 10 Re: Cha-Ching! Add it up! [#permalink] Show Tags 17 Jan 2008, 02:43 I`ll take some pictures of the suits and post them up at a later date. GMAT Club Legend Affiliations: HHonors Diamond, BGS Honor Society Joined: 05 Apr 2006 Posts: 5926 Schools: Chicago (Booth) - Class of 2009 GMAT 1: 730 Q45 V45 WE: Business Development (Consumer Products) Followers: 314 Kudos [?]: 2040 [0], given: 7 Re: Cha-Ching! Add it up! [#permalink] Show Tags 17 Jan 2008, 05:30 how in the world did this thread come back to life ? hahaha.. Current Student Joined: 10 Dec 2007 Posts: 327 Followers: 5 Kudos [?]: 23 [0], given: 0 Re: [#permalink] Show Tags 17 Jan 2008, 05:53 rhyme wrote: I dont wear Armani! Loro Piana! Boss! Hermes! Ferragamo! But, still, I love it... "weighed down by fees", LOL. WTF is Loro Piana? Current Student Joined: 10 Dec 2007 Posts: 327 Followers: 5 Kudos [?]: 23 [0], given: 0 Re: Cha-Ching! Add it up! [#permalink] Show Tags 17 Jan 2008, 05:58 adcxaway wrote: GMAT = 500 GMAT Books = 200 MBA Books = 100 Trip to presentations = 300 Applications = 1250 Lost relationship = ..... Loss of friends = ..... Total = 2350 + my life this one is pretty sad, but I guess I can add a break-up to my toll as well. VP Joined: 15 Jun 2006 Posts: 1124 Schools: Chicago Booth Followers: 5 Kudos [?]: 42 [0], given: 0 Re: Re: [#permalink] Show Tags 17 Jan 2008, 06:02 branson wrote: rhyme wrote: I dont wear Armani! Loro Piana! Boss! Hermes! Ferragamo! But, still, I love it... "weighed down by fees", LOL. WTF is Loro Piana? A fine Italian fashion brand. VP Joined: 09 Jan 2007 Posts: 1045 Location: New York, NY Schools: Chicago Booth Class of 2010 Followers: 10 Kudos [?]: 161 [0], given: 3 Re: Cha-Ching! Add it up! [#permalink] Show Tags 17 Jan 2008, 06:15 I don't want to even add up how much I have spent so far. Only the travels to London to take the TOEFL and the one I made last week to Madrid are going to make me cry. I took the GMAT three times, and also took the IELTS Suits and ties it's unfair to count, as I need them to work... _________________ Rhyme´s guide to interviewing http://www.gmatclub.com/forum/t55030 Kwam's Profile http://gmatclub.com/forum/111-t57360 Last edited by kwam on 17 Jan 2008, 07:04, edited 1 time in total. GMAT Club Legend Status: Um... what do you want to know? Joined: 03 Jun 2007 Posts: 5464 Location: SF, CA, USA Schools: UC Berkeley Haas School of Business MBA 2010 WE 1: Social Gaming Followers: 72 Kudos [?]: 398 [0], given: 14 Re: Cha-Ching! Add it up! [#permalink] Show Tags 17 Jan 2008, 06:57 kwam, count only the things you did just for the MBA and you would not have done otherwise (like travel to Chicago when it's cold ) togafoot, please do post pics of the suits! Would love to see it. Trying to fit in Vietnam in my asia trip right now _________________ **************************** GMAT Club Knowledge Vault: http://gmatclub.com/forum/123 Haas Ambassador http://gmatclub.com/forum/128-t62555 Kryzak's Profile: http://gmatclub.com/forum/111-t56286 Member Essays: http://gmatclub.com/forum/103-t50969 Director Joined: 24 Apr 2007 Posts: 589 Followers: 3 Kudos [?]: 17 [0], given: 0 Re: Cha-Ching! Add it up! [#permalink] Show Tags 17 Jan 2008, 08:02 GMAT: 500 GMAT Books: 300 App Fees: Approx 1400 App books: 80 My MBA world tour (6 schools in 8 days): 2000+ Dress clothes: 500 I may still need a more formal suit if I end up interviewing with somewhere in R2. Total: 4700 Also, I don't think the cost of Rhyme's suit is that excessive. I am fairly cheap by nature, especially when it comes to suits (IT guys dont wear suits), but I am also a tall, broad shouldered guy, so off the rack suits don't fit me well. Even my (don't laugh at me) Men's Warehouse suits I bought when I graduated from college cost about 600-800 bucks in the end. Although I am including the shoes in that total. For those of you who are paying less that 200 for a suit, that's off the rack, right? No tailoring? If not, I need to shop where you guys do. Current Student Joined: 12 Nov 2007 Posts: 68 Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 6 [0], given: 0 Re: Cha-Ching! Add it up! [#permalink] Show Tags 17 Jan 2008, 08:42 count me in for losing my best friend... not to mention completely straining family relations... seems as if applying to business school has a common hidden cost. sad. hope everyone fares better! branson wrote: adcxaway wrote: GMAT = 500 GMAT Books = 200 MBA Books = 100 Trip to presentations = 300 Applications = 1250 Lost relationship = ..... Loss of friends = ..... Total = 2350 + my life this one is pretty sad, but I guess I can add a break-up to my toll as well. VP Joined: 09 Jan 2007 Posts: 1045 Location: New York, NY Schools: Chicago Booth Class of 2010 Followers: 10 Kudos [?]: 161 [0], given: 3 Re: Cha-Ching! Add it up! [#permalink] Show Tags 17 Jan 2008, 08:49 OK Then, here comes the bill (all in aprox US$ figures):

IELTS: $200 TOEFL test + trip to London (the best place I found a spot to take the test):$950
GMAT: $750 (in terms of present value, I don't remember how much I paid in 2004/2005 when it was still ETS) GMAT/IELTS/TOEFL Books & Course: around$1700
App Fees: Approx $900 Others (BW insider, US News, etc, etc and etc):$500
Madrid Trip to interview: $300 Transcript official translation & copies:$300
Total = $5600 (OUCH!) The good part here is that this amount was not at once, it was kind of in slowly paid installments I will attend GSB's Admit Weekend and if admitted to MIT the AdMIT weekend, so I may spend around 2 weeks in USA, which from my previous calculus will add up around$2500 more.

Regarding suit, I have many suits (around 8) as I work with them every days but Fridays (casual day), but I just have one really expensive for special occasions.

Gez, this has been already quite expensive, hum…

Heck, compared to the incoming US95k for tuition + living expenses for 2 + extras, it will be only 5%, so not that bad – I AM an optimistic person, hehehehe
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17 Jan 2008, 08:57
GMAT: $250 School Events: Gas/Tolls/parking =$250
School Visits: $2500 Dress clothes and suit:$1200
App Fees: Approx $650 App books:$50
Admitted Student Weekend: $1200 Doing things with and getting things for the wife to make up for the lack of time and attention spent on her because I was too busy focusing on GMAT/Apps =$2000 but a happier Mrs.

Total = $8100...or a drop in the bucket when compared to the costs of selling my house, moving, and two years of school. All money well spent though. _________________ Kellogg Class of 2010...still active and willing to help. However, I do not do profile reviews, don't offer predictions on chances and am far to busy to review essays, so save the energy of writing me a PM seeking help for these. If I don't respond to a PM that is not one of the previously mentioned trash can destined messages, please don't take it personally I get so many messages I have a hard to responding to most. The more interesting, compelling, or humorous you message the more likely I am to respond. GMAT Club Premium Membership - big benefits and savings GMAT Club Legend Status: Um... what do you want to know? Joined: 03 Jun 2007 Posts: 5464 Location: SF, CA, USA Schools: UC Berkeley Haas School of Business MBA 2010 WE 1: Social Gaming Followers: 72 Kudos [?]: 398 [0], given: 14 Re: Cha-Ching! Add it up! [#permalink] Show Tags 17 Jan 2008, 17:06 I'm glad my admitted student weekends should be cheap (unless I get into Kellogg). I got a suit from Banana Republic. Their New Year's sale had some suits at insanely cheap prices (usually$325 for the blazer, $170 for the pants). So I guess it was a 70% discount. Other times I get stuff at Men's warehouse... those are about$400-500 for a normal suit.

Will have to check out the Vietnam thing.
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17 Jan 2008, 17:10
I live right near a Hickey Freeman factor store and a Burberry outlet. They sell their suits for like 50-80% off at those places. Same with shoes there is an Allen Edmonds outlet near my house too. Stuff isnt seconds just overruns and discontinued stuff.
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17 Jan 2008, 17:24
yup, outlets and stuff are wonderful for the bargain hunter!

I personally don't care if my suit is a year or two outdated...
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17 Jan 2008, 17:33
A year or two? Ahem..I still wear the (quite sober) suit I wore to my prom.
Obviously I need to start behaving more MBA-like and hit up the local Zegna boutique!

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I personally don't care if my suit is a year or two outdated...
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17 Jan 2008, 17:43
kryzak wrote:

Will have to check out the Vietnam thing.

Forgot to mention. If there's a particular 'style' you like, then take a picture of it or cut it out of a catalogue and take it with you. They can then make that style for you as well. Give me a couple of days to post it up. Couldn't post it last night, because my suits are in my daughters bedroom wardrobe (didn't want to wake her), and i'm out on the beers tonight.

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