So for you SAHM/Mom's on a budget out there, I have a question for you. I am not working and SAHM, we have a combined checking and it has worked for us like that for years even before we got married, so that isn't the issue. I'm in a wedding and throughout I've had to explain multiple times to the bride that we are on a tight monthly budget with little room for out of the ordinary expenses. I also explained we are in a lot of debt from LO's hospital bills (about 3k). We discussed it before I accepted, and I agreed to a set amount of things like hair, dress, shower, etc. I wanted to be up front and fair to her. So to make a long story short, shes added crazy things like upping the bridal shower budget to $250 each (which is over and I paid) adding makeup to be done ($60) not to mention updos at a place that are $80. Point is I'm tapped out and have not given her any grief up until this point. So my REAL question is, how much would you give as a cash gift as a couple after all of this? I thought about just buying something off of her registry and using a Bed Bath and Beyond coupon to save a little. What would you ladies do/give? What is fair when you're in a wedding or on a tight budget?
ETA: Sorry for being a SS here!