wedding http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/516/all en-US This One Wedding Trick Will Save You Thousands http://www.wisebread.com/this-one-wedding-trick-will-save-you-thousands <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/this-one-wedding-trick-will-save-you-thousands" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/winter-wedding-158775641-small_0.jpg" alt="winter wedding" title="winter wedding" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Your wedding day should be one of the greatest days of your life. It's a time to celebrate love with your friends and family, a time to create memories that will be shared for many years with you and your loved ones, and &mdash; for many &mdash; a time to rack up debt to pay on long after the honeymoon is over.</p> <p>The words &quot;frugal wedding&quot; may conjure up images of guests crammed into a dank basement beneath a church, sipping orange punch, and swaying to a radio. However, frugal doesn't have to mean that you give up on all the wonderful things that make weddings fun. A frugal wedding can be had with as much pomp as an expensive one. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/alternative-wedding-ideas-for-big-savings?ref=seealso">Alternative Wedding Ideas for Big Savings</a>)</p> <p>And while it's possible to have a wonderful, frugal wedding any time of year, it's easiest in the winter. So consider these options when planning your wedding; maybe a winter one is right for you!</p> <h2>The Venue</h2> <p>The economics of weddings are like that of any business; when there is more demand, the price goes up. In the winter months, when there are fewer weddings, many venues will reduce the cost to rent the space.</p> <p>Call around multiple places and get quotes comparing January and June dates, you may find a winter wedding is the perfect way to have the wedding in a location you could not otherwise afford. (Note: It's important that you don't confuse &quot;off season&quot; with &quot;high season,&quot; especially when it comes to tropical destinations. Spots like Hawaii are actually <em>more expensive</em> during the winter, because that's where everyone goes to flee their cold climates.)</p> <p>You can also do a search for destination weddings that offer discounts on their website. Many resorts offer their specials online for everyone to see; don't assume, however, that just because you don't see it, they don't offer one. Perks that can also be thrown in during the wintertime include free parking for guests, extra appetizers, or a free suite for the bride and groom. If you don't see the exact perk you want listed as a &quot;freebie&quot; for booking during the winter, ask the reservation manager if they can work you a deal.</p> <p>The colder the climate, the more likely you are to get a bigger deal. Don't believe me? This bride was able to <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lanee-lee/interview-bride-reveals_b_3041129.html">rent out an entire town</a> for less than the cost of an average wedding.</p> <h2>The Decorations</h2> <p>Consider a non-traditional wedding venue like a lodge at a state park or a large bed and breakfast. These places may have a large window over-looking a beautiful location. Views of a countryside covered in white, a frozen lake sparkling at night, or a rolling hillside could save you money by reducing the amount of decorating you need to do to a location. The views are all the decoration you need, while inside something simple (and inexpensive) could compliment what mother nature has given us for free.</p> <p>The winter holidays offer further opportunities for you to save money on decorating for your wedding. Many churches (and some venues) decorate for the holidays with evergreens, poinsettias, trees, white lights, and much more. This is a great opportunity for you to have a gorgeous setting for your vows without spending a dime to make it that way. Some are aware of this perk and will go out of their way to decorate in white and neutral tones, to give you a chance to customize by adding your own &quot;accent colors&quot; on the big day.</p> <p>When you are looking for locations for your big day, ask the pastor, manager, or wedding planner for pictures of how they decorate during the holidays and when those decorations go up and come down. If the decor lines up with your wedding date, you can save hundreds or even thousands on the expense of this complimentary special lighting, garland, and &quot;extras&quot; that aren't available any other time of year.</p> <h2>The Flowers</h2> <p>While weddings usually conjure up images of elaborate floral bouquets, big centerpieces, and maybe even the bride and groom standing under a flower covered <em>chuppah</em>, flowers can be an expensive, budget-busting expenditure. Winter weddings could easily blow any modest budget as most flowers are not in abundance during the cold months. However, the well-planned couple can save hundreds if not thousands of dollars by adapting their image of perfect for their winter wedding.</p> <p>Rather than using expensive roses, consider items like evergreens, holly, mums poinsettias, and other foliage that is available during the colder months. If the bride is set on red roses in her bouquet just before Valentine's Day, when roses are at a premium, consider using a few but mixing the bouquet with ferns and other green plants.</p> <p>You can also choose to arrange your own and save even more money. By using elements from nature (pinecones, twigs, twine) combined with seasonal or living plants, you can be assured that your arrangements will last for up to a week, and you can skip the cost of fresh cut flowers set up by a professional. Compare a poinsettia from a local store for $9.99 with a dozen rose bouquet for $20-40, and you can see how the savings can really add up!</p> <h2>The Food</h2> <p>Everyone is less busy in the winter months. Our schedules just naturally slow down when outdoor activities decrease. Kids are on a break from sports, vacations are on hold until the temperature climbs again, and weekends outdoors are limited. This means that you may be able to call on loved ones to help with parts of the wedding that you may not have been able to do during the summer.</p> <p>When planning for your reception, consider asking your aunt with the great kale salad recipe to make a batch as a gift to you. Your uncle who owns a smoker might be willing to take care of the meat for your entree, and your friends might be willing to make 200 cupcakes for you to use instead of a cake. Many people will be willing to help out to help you save money. They may even feel honored that you asked for that one great recipe they make perfectly and you love so much, you want to have it at your wedding.</p> <p>If you must go with catering, consider a mid-afternoon &quot;light&quot; luncheon of hot soups and and breads. The cozy, warm-you-up offerings will be perfect on a chilly day, and these types of foods generally cost less and go further.</p> <h2>Travel</h2> <p>Don't forget that your guests have to get there, as well. Luckily, the past few years show a strong trend toward airfare being cheaper during the off-season &mdash; with the exception of the weeks of Thanksgiving and Christmas. Remember that inclement weather can really put a damper on guests trying to get to the wedding on time. Consider having everyone arrive a day early to give them a chance to get there safely, and rest assured that the lower airfare will help offset the investment.</p> <p><em>Did you have a winter wedding? Tell us about it in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-one-wedding-trick-will-save-you-thousands" class="sharethis-link" title="This One Wedding Trick Will Save You Thousands" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-one-wedding-trick-will-save-you-thousands">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wedding-dresses-for-under-200">Wedding Dresses for Under $200</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/47-cheap-fun-things-to-do-this-weekend">47 Cheap, Fun Things to Do This Weekend</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-watch-movies-in-the-theater-for-free">How to Watch Movies in the Theater for Free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-fun-things-to-do-when-youre-stuck-inside-during-winter">50 Fun Things to Do When You&#039;re Stuck Inside During Winter</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/never-pay-for-a-redbox-dvd-rental-again">Never Pay for a RedBox DVD Rental Again</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Entertainment frugal wedding marriage off-season travel wedding winter wedding Thu, 06 Nov 2014 16:00:08 +0000 Linsey Knerl 1251530 at http://www.wisebread.com Take These 10 Items off Your Wedding Registry Immediately (Plus 5 to Add ASAP) http://www.wisebread.com/take-these-10-items-off-your-wedding-registry-immediately-plus-5-to-add-asap <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/take-these-10-items-off-your-wedding-registry-immediately-plus-5-to-add-asap" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/bride-writing-148219685-small.jpg" alt="bride writing" title="bride writing" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>So, you're engaged. Congratulations! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-tips-for-planning-a-last-minute-wedding?ref=seealso">8 Tips for Planning a Last Minute Wedding</a>)</p> <p>Amidst all the ceremony decisions, location reservations, and fancy wardrobe choices for the big day, you're probably registering somewhere. Before you do, read this article. Having been there and done all of that, I have some suggestions for items we've never touched, and others we've regretted not asking for.</p> <h2>Remove From Your List</h2> <p>Many of the following items are traditional wedding registry items, but honestly? Who needs them?</p> <h3>Fine China</h3> <p>In the seven years I've been married, I've not once needed fancy dinnerware for entertaining. Since we're more frugally-minded folks, our parties are typically pass-arounds or potlucks, and our colorful Fiestaware is holding up just fine. So, skip the fancy patterns and delicate wares and instead find a sturdy, casual set with a few extra servings (think eight or more, total) for when guests visit.</p> <h3>Formal Utensils</h3> <p>The same goes with those extended fork, spoon, and knife sets. Of course I understand all those different utensils have purposes, but not in my life. If you're like me and don't see stuffy dinners in your future, forego the silver and get an extra set of casual utensils you'll actually use on the daily.</p> <h3>Gimmicky Gadgets</h3> <p>Sure, an avocado slicer or garlic chopper might sound awesome in theory, but over the years? Well, ours got pushed to the back of our kitchen drawers never to resurface. Stick with the basics, like a good knife set and wooden spoons or spatulas.</p> <h3>Bread Maker</h3> <p>Making bread at home isn't much more complicated than tossing stuff into a bread maker and pushing start. Really. Plus, you'll never get bakery style crust in a bread maker. I gave mine away years ago. A good <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2010/09/white-whole-wheat-no-knead-loaf.html">No-Knead Loaf Recipe</a> is a great place to start.</p> <h3>Panini Press</h3> <p>Whenever I want a grilled sandwich, I slather my bread with butter or oil and cook in a fry pan until golden on both sides. We did receive a panini press as a wedding gift, but it just never seems to travel out of its spot in the lower cabinet. (See also: T<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-panini-presses">he 5 Best Panini Presses</a>)</p> <h3>Other Task-Specific Appliances</h3> <p>Think about it. How often will you really use that margarita maker, a banana ice cream machine, fondue fountain, or cake-pop baker? If the answer is rarely, don't put it on your registry. Chances are that space is at a premium in your kitchen, so it's best to keep your fleet of small appliances lean and multipurpose. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-kitchen-gadgets-that-save-you-money?ref=seealso">7 Kitchen Gadgets That Save You Money</a>)</p> <h3>Bathroom Extras</h3> <p>Our snazzy soap dishes, liquid dispensers, and toothbrush holders? I have no idea what happened to them. We have switched mostly to using castile soap for all washing purposes, so we usually use it right out of the bottle. For the rest, we have quite a system of simple ball jars for storage. And soap fits snugly in one of those shower caddies.</p> <h3>Ice Bucket, Etc.</h3> <p>Whenever I see &quot;ice bucket&quot; on one of those must-have registry checklists, I shrug my shoulders. Not once in the entire time I've been married have I needed an ice bucket &mdash; or a fancy pitcher, for that matter. Champagne, wine, and beer all chill just fine in the refrigerator. If we need ice at parties, we quickly grab it from the freezer.</p> <h3>Crazy Patterned Anything</h3> <p>Between bedsheets, shower curtains, towels, and all other fabrics you might register for, there are certainly a number of choices. I made the mistake of going with a very bold pattern and color choice for all. Now? I sure wish I could divorce these items for a more neutral, time-tested look since my tastes have (inevitably) changed. Concentrate your search on quality versus styled textiles, and keep it basic with neutral colors or solids that can mix and match as your years together roll on.</p> <h3>Lifestyle Items</h3> <p>Again: Resist the trappings on any formulaic checklists you might find regarding wedding registry items. You'll see lots of bakeware on traditional lists, for example. If you hate baking, you likely don't need extra sets of mixing bowls and cake pans cluttering up your kitchen.</p> <p>There's no right way to live life, so your wedding registry should be as unique as you are. Ask for things you'll use, don't put on anything you feel you should just because it's what everyone else seems to have.</p> <h2>Stuff to Add Right Now!</h2> <p>Okay, if I had to do it all over again, these are the things I'd be sure to add to my registry.</p> <h3>Vacuum Cleaner</h3> <p>And another one bites the dust. That used to be my motto for the cheap vacuum cleaners I had in my early 20s. I don't know why I didn't register for a good one when we got married. In fact, we just recently invested in a quality vacuum (set us back a few hundred dollars &mdash; ouch), and it's made a huge difference, especially with our cat hair issues.</p> <h3>Garbage Can</h3> <p>So, if you've always used those cheap open-top plastic garbage cans you can buy at big box stores, you might not realize how much money a good garbage can actually costs. Thing is, they're worth every penny if you want them to last and (eventually) keep your trash out of your toddler's (or dog's) inquisitive reach.</p> <h3>Crock Pot</h3> <p>I feel like a bit of a hypocrite with this one. I wrote to stay away from a bread maker, and now I'm going to tell you to absolutely add a crock pot to your registry list. For me, a slow cooker is extra insurance for not letting my food go to waste. I toss in whatever veggies we have leftover and make soup or stew at the start of each week before I head to the grocery store. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-slow-cooker-recipes-for-busy-or-lazy-vegetarians?ref=seealso">35 Slow Cooker Recipes for Busy (or Lazy) Vegetarians</a>)</p> <h3>Dutch Oven</h3> <p>I use my cast iron dutch oven at least every other day. Whether I'm simmering a soup or baking crusty sourdough bread, it works wonders &mdash; but it was also quite expensive. You need not register for the most pricey, name-brand version. Instead, find one with enough room for your purposes, and it will last you a lifetime.</p> <h3>Food Processor</h3> <p>A lot of my friends immediately put a stand mixer on their registries. And &mdash; yes &mdash; I use my stand mixer often for cookies, breads, cakes, etc. However, what I use even more frequently is my food processor. I can blend together homemade peanut butters, sauces, veggie burgers, and even make my own oat flour. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-food-processors?ref=seealso">The 5 Best Food Processors</a>)</p> <p><em>What do you think of this list? Agree? Disagree? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/take-these-10-items-off-your-wedding-registry-immediately-plus-5-to-add-asap" class="sharethis-link" title="Take These 10 Items off Your Wedding Registry Immediately (Plus 5 to Add ASAP)" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/take-these-10-items-off-your-wedding-registry-immediately-plus-5-to-add-asap">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Today we found some awesome articles on negotiating discounts and freebies for your wedding, ways to go broke, and working out without a gym membership.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.moneyunder30.com/how-to-negotiate-discounts-and-freebies-for-your-dream-wedding">How to Negotiate Discounts And Freebies for Your Dream Wedding</a> &mdash; To negotiate discounts and freebies for your wedding, try to flatter your friends into helping for free. [Money Under 30]</p> <p><a href="http://brokegirlrich.com/?p=1446">20 Ways to Go Broke</a> &mdash; Not saving for a rainy day and hitting the movies frequently can cause you to go broke. [brokeGIRLrich]</p> <p><a href="http://www.evolvingpf.com/2014/08/work-without-gym-membership/">How to Work Out Without a Gym Membership</a> &mdash; Working out to videos or getting outside and riding your bike are just a couple ways to work out without a gym membership. [Evolving PF]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneysavingenthusiast.com/2014/08/save-money-2/">8 Money Saving Tips for Wannabe Jedi Savers</a> &mdash; If you want to save money, cut back when eating out and freeze your meals. [Money Saving Enthusiast]</p> <p><a href="http://moneysmartlife.com/choosing-career-path/">4 Questions to Ask Yourself When Choosing a Career Path</a> &mdash; When choosing a career path, ask yourself what you are good at. [Money Smart Life]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Cleaning-Supplies-Everyone-Needs-35487893">15 Cleaning Supplies Every Home Should Have</a> &mdash; Every home should have vinegar and hydrogen peroxide on hand. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.relayrides.com/2014/08/6-occasions-when-youll-want-to-rent-a-car/">6 Occasions When You'll Want to Rent a Car</a> &mdash; Chances are you will want to rent a car if you are taking a road trip or having out of town guests. [The RelayRides Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/soups-that-make-great-family-meals">Soups That Make Great Family Meals</a> &mdash; Pumpkin and black bean soup makes a great family meal. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.threethriftyguys.com/2014/08/3-worthwhile-benefits-to-paying-off-debt/">3 Worthwhile Benefits to Paying Off Debt</a> &mdash; Paying off debt means you have more freedom with your money. [Three Thrifty Guys]</p> <p><a href="http://microblogger.com/using-facebook-groups/">Why You Should Be Using Facebook Groups</a> &mdash; Facebook groups tend to be better than forums and can lower your hosting fees. [Microblogger]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-negotiate-discounts-and-freebies-for-your-dream-wedding" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Negotiate Discounts and Freebies For Your Dream Wedding" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-negotiate-discounts-and-freebies-for-your-dream-wedding">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-costs-you-should-always-negotiate">10 Costs You Should Always Negotiate</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-free-or-almost-free-airline-tickets">10 Ways to Get Free (or Almost Free) Airline Tickets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-december">What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in December</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-freebies-for-college-students">20+ Freebies for College Students</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-become-one-of-those-lucky-people-who-scores-great-deals">How to Become One of Those &quot;Lucky&quot; People Who Scores Great Deals</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Frugal Living best money tips discounts freebies negotiate wedding Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:00:07 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1189083 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Unconventional Ways to Save on Your Wedding http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-unconventional-ways-to-save-on-your-wedding <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-unconventional-ways-to-save-on-your-wedding" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/wedding-5263840-small.jpg" alt="wedding" title="wedding" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on unconventional ways to save on your wedding, furniture buying tips, and giving yourself a pay raise every year.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://andthenwesaved.com/save-money-wedding/">Unconventional Ways To Save Money On Your Wedding</a> &mdash; Save money on your wedding by not being afraid to think outside the box and enlisting the help of everyone who can help you. [And Then We Saved]</p> <p><a href="http://www.stretcher.com/stories/07/07feb05d.cfm?slider">Furniture Buying Tips</a> &mdash; When buying furniture, ask for a 15% discount when shopping at a local retailer to save. [TheDollarStretcher.com]</p> <p><a href="http://cashmoneylife.com/give-yourself-pay-raise-every-year/"> How to Give Yourself a Pay Raise Every Year</a> &mdash; To give yourself a pay raise every year, consider building a portfolio of blue chip dividend stocks. [Cash Money Life]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyning.com/tax/ask-yourself-these-4-questions-before-doing-your-own-taxes/">Ask Yourself These 4 Questions Before Doing Your Own Taxes</a> &mdash; Before you do your own taxes, ask yourself how much time you are willing to invest in the process. [MoneyNing]</p> <p><a href="http://moneysmartlife.com/emergency-prepared/">Are You Prepared for an Emergency?</a> &mdash; If you were to end up snowed in, would you have enough food and water to get by for at least a week or two? [Money Smart Life]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.thousandaire.com/5-ways-to-increase-your-portfolios-growth/">5 Ways to Increase Your Portfolio's Growth</a> &mdash; To increase your portfolio's growth, think small for big gains. [Thousandaire]</p> <p><a href="http://freefrombroke.com/where-is-my-irs-form-1040-package-free-tax-file/">Where Can I Get IRS Tax Forms (or Where Can I File Free)?</a> &mdash; You can get free tax forms at local IRS offices or at <a href="http://www.irs.gov" title="www.irs.gov">www.irs.gov</a>. [Free From Broke]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Signs-Hoarding-Tendencies-33911301">11 Signs You Have Hoarding Tendencies</a> &mdash; You may have hoarding tendencies if you take free things, such a toiletries, and never end up using them. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.financefox.ca/selling-your-home/">Keeping Seasonality In Mind When Selling Your Home</a> &mdash; Did you know that spring time tends to be a hotter time to sell your home than other seasons? [Finance Fox]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/how-to-throw-a-kid-friendly-grown-up-party">How to Throw a Kid-Friendly, Grown-Up Party</a> &mdash; When throwing a kid-friendly, grown-up party, have a designated kid zone. [Parenting Squad]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-unconventional-ways-to-save-on-your-wedding" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Unconventional Ways to Save on Your Wedding " rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-unconventional-ways-to-save-on-your-wedding">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/things-you-might-not-know-about-your-local-thrift-store">Things You Might Not Know About Your Local Thrift Store</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/barter-explained-why-its-wise-to-barter">Barter Explained: Why It&#039;s Wise to Barter</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/five-more-tips-for-eating-in-restaurants-and-sticking-to-a-budget">Five More Tips For Eating In Restaurants And Sticking To A Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-more-gas-by-safely-following-trucks">Save More Gas by Safely Following Trucks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ready-for-extreme-saving-money-saving-advice-for-an-extreme-economy">Ready For Extreme Saving? Money Saving Advice For An Extreme Economy</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Frugal Living best money tips saving money wedding Tue, 11 Feb 2014 11:00:29 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1125121 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Save Money as a Wedding Guest http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-save-money-as-a-wedding-guest <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-save-money-as-a-wedding-guest" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/wedding-3964692-small.jpg" alt="wedding" title="wedding" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="175" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on saving money as a wedding guest, getting your family on board to save dough, and spotting a horrible roommate before moving in.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://onecentatatime.com/5-ways-to-save-as-a-wedding-guest/">5 Ways to Save Money as a Wedding Guest</a> &mdash; If you want to save money as a wedding guest, consider making your own gift. [One Cent at a Time]</p> <p><a href="http://financialhighway.com/how-to-get-your-entire-family-on-board-to-save-some-dough/">How to Get Your Entire Family on Board to Save Some Dough</a> &mdash; Instead of driving places, get your family on board with walking or riding bikes to get around. This will save you money! [Financial Highway]</p> <p><a href="http://lifehacker.com/how-can-i-spot-a-horrible-roommate-before-i-move-in-732317810">How Can I Spot a Horrible Roommate Before I Move In?</a> &mdash; To spot a horrible roommate before you move in, ask for references! [Lifehacker]</p> <p><a href="http://timemanagementninja.com/2013/07/9-ways-to-get-things-done-when-everything-is-going-wrong/">9 Ways to Get Things Done When Everything Is Going Wrong</a> &mdash; When things are going wrong, continue to get things done by laughing and not giving up. [Time Management Ninja]</p> <p><a href="http://www.marcandangel.com/2013/07/16/6-things-happy-people-never-do/">6 Things Happy People Never Do</a> &mdash; Learn a lesson from happy people and don't seek validation of self-worth from others. [Marc and Angel Hack Life]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2013/07/is-your-job-putting-your-health-at-risk.html">Is Your Job Putting Your Health At Risk? 8 Ways To Survive Cubicle Lifestyle And Take Care Of Your Health</a> &mdash; Don't let working in a cubicle compromise your health. Remember to get up and take breaks during the day. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyqanda.com/lowest-interest-rate-on-a-car-loan/">The Simple Truth on How to Get the Lowest Rate on a Car Loan</a> &mdash; Cleaning up your credit score will get you a lower rate on a car loan. [Money Q&amp;A]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dinksfinance.com/2013/07/learn-to-love-your-job/">Learn to Love Your Job</a> &mdash; Learn to love your job by focusing on the tasks you love to do! [DINKS Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/American-Travel-Destinations-Animal-Lovers-30980687">American Travel Destinations for Animal Lovers</a> &mdash; If you are an animal lover, consider visiting the Everglades in Florida. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/node/2332">12 Ways to Sneak Learning Into Summertime Fun</a> &mdash; To sneak learning into summer fun, explore nature with your children. [Parenting Squad]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-save-money-as-a-wedding-guest" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Save Money as a Wedding Guest" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-save-money-as-a-wedding-guest">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-disappearance-of-real-america-my-guest-post-at-zen-habits">The disappearance of real America - my guest post at Zen Habits</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-overpriced-holiday-gifts-you-should-skip">7 Overpriced Holiday Gifts You Should Skip</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/80-stocking-stuffer-ideas-for-10-or-less">80 Stocking Stuffer Ideas for $10 or Less</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-simplest-way-to-live-simply-and-cheaply">The Simplest Way to Live Simply — And Cheaply</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mick-jagger-rarely-buys-new-and-4-other-smart-money-lessons-from-thrifty-musicians">Mick Jagger Rarely Buys New and 4 Other Smart Money Lessons From Thrifty Musicians</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Frugal Living best money tips guest wedding Thu, 18 Jul 2013 10:00:31 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 980679 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: The Shoestring Wedding http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-the-shoestring-wedding <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-the-shoestring-wedding" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4230638371_2761262e1c_z.jpg" alt="The Shoestring Wedding" title="The Shoestring Wedding" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on having a shoestring wedding, 35 gift ideas under $25, and tips for an organized wallet.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://howsmarriedlife.net/the-shoestring-wedding-cut-down-costs-not-the-celebration">The Shoestring Wedding: Cut Down Costs, Not the Celebration</a> &mdash; Cut down the costs of your wedding by having a ice cream bar in lieu of a cake. [How's Married Life?]</p> <p><a href="http://ptmoney.com/christmas-gift-ideas/">35 Christmas Gift Ideas Under $25</a> &mdash; If you are in need of a Christmas gift idea that's under $25, look into gadget cases or picture frames. [PT Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.narrowbridge.net/organized-wallet-purse/">5 Tips for an Organized Wallet</a> &mdash; Forcing yourself to downsize to a smaller wallet can help you keep your wallet more organized. [Narrow Bridge]</p> <p><a href="http://www.stretcher.com/stories/12/12nov26f.cfm#.ULeqFoWmAb8">Extra Income for Single Moms</a> &mdash; Are you a single mom who needs extra income? If you have writing skills, consider making extra money writing articles. [The Dollar Stretcher]</p> <p><a href="http://retireby40.org/2012/11/fun-ways-money-retirement/">Fun Ways to Make Money in Retirement</a> &mdash; To have fun and make money in retirement, consider becoming a tour guide. [Retire by 40]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Extend-Time-Between-Dry-Cleaning-26103843">Experts Share Two Ways To Save On Dry Cleaning</a> &mdash; To save money on dry cleaning, try to DIY! [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2012/11/24/why-we-buy-the-science-of-shopping-2/">Why we buy: The science of shopping</a> &mdash; If you want to buy less when you shop, don't try samples. [Get Rich Slowly]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/7-simple-tips-to-preserve-your-kids-childhood">7 Simple Tips to Preserve Your Kid's Childhood</a> &mdash; In order to preserve your kid's childhood, organize your photos often. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneyunder30.com/facebook-texting-increases-risk-identity-theft">Facebook,, Texting Increases Your Chances of Identity Theft: Here's What to Do</a> &mdash; Protect your identity when using Facebook and texting by changing your passwords frequently. [Money Under 30]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2012/11/best-practices-for-new-p2p-lending-investors.html">Best Practices for New P2P Lending Investors</a> &mdash; Before investors start investing in P2P lending, they should consider diversification. [Free Money Finance]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-the-shoestring-wedding" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: The Shoestring Wedding" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-the-shoestring-wedding">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-one-wedding-trick-will-save-you-thousands">This One Wedding Trick Will Save You Thousands</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wedding-dresses-for-under-200">Wedding Dresses for Under $200</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-overpriced-holiday-gifts-you-should-skip">7 Overpriced Holiday Gifts You Should Skip</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/80-stocking-stuffer-ideas-for-10-or-less">80 Stocking Stuffer Ideas for $10 or Less</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-simplest-way-to-live-simply-and-cheaply">The Simplest Way to Live Simply — And Cheaply</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Frugal Living best money tips marriage shoestring wedding Fri, 30 Nov 2012 10:48:33 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 959537 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Save on Wedding Expenses as a Guest http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-save-on-wedding-expenses-as-a-guest <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-save-on-wedding-expenses-as-a-guest" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5154611821_bbe37f3c79_z-1.jpg" alt="Save on Wedding Expenses as a Guest" title="Save on Wedding Expenses as a Guest" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on saving on wedding expenses as a guest, strategies to lower your healthcare costs, and making extra money this holiday season.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.moneycrashers.com/tips-save-attending-wedding-guest/">6 Tips to Save on Wedding Expenses as a Guest</a> &mdash; Are you attending a wedding as a guest? Save on expenses by splitting costs with someone else. [Money Crashers]</p> <p><a href="http://www.creditsesame.com/blog/its-open-enrollment-season-4-strategies-to-lower-your-healthcare-costs/">It's Open Enrollment Season! 4 Strategies to Lower Your Healthcare Costs</a> &mdash; Want to lower your healthcare costs? Consider enrolling in a high-deductible plan. [Credit Sesame]</p> <p><a href="http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/5-ways-extra-money-holiday-season.html">5 Ways to Make Extra Money this Holiday Season</a> &mdash; To make extra money this holiday season, decorate someone's house. [Bargaineering]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2012/11/real-estate-101-keeping-good-tenants.html">Real Estate 101: Keeping Good Tenants</a> &mdash; If you want to keep your good tenants, do not use month to month leases. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Thoughtful-Gifts-Cost-Nothing-25823698">Totally Free Gifts To Give This Holiday Season</a> &mdash; This holiday season, give the gift of freshly baked cupcakes or a clean home. [SavvySugar]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/2012/11/08/5-ways-to-make-your-resume-stand-out/">5 Ways to Make Your Resume Stand Out</a> &mdash; If you want your resume to stand out, add quirky accomplishments. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/slideshow/great-stocks-you-never-heard-of/1.html">6 Great Stocks You've Never Heard Of</a> &mdash; Have you ever heard of Air Methods or American Vanguard stocks? [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://money.msn.com/frugal-living/post.aspx?post=e7305873-c6d7-4997-8c08-fa92c842e571&amp;ref=bfv">What you need for a 'can-do' kitchen</a> &mdash; Keep cans of soup and tomatoes in your kitchen. [MSN Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.mrfreestuff.com/category/diabetic/">Diabetic Freebies 2012</a> &mdash; In honor of American Diabetes Month, CVS is offering free health screenings. [Mr. Free Stuff]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/10-tips-to-get-your-child-to-open-up">10 Tips to Get Your Child to Open Up</a> &mdash; To get your child to open up to you, play &quot;two truths and a false.&quot; [Parenting Squad]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-save-on-wedding-expenses-as-a-guest" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Save on Wedding Expenses as a Guest" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-save-on-wedding-expenses-as-a-guest">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-host-a-traveler-13-tips-to-keep-it-safe-easy-and-cheap">How to Host a Traveler: 13 Tips to Keep it Safe, Easy, and Cheap</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-overpriced-holiday-gifts-you-should-skip">7 Overpriced Holiday Gifts You Should Skip</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/80-stocking-stuffer-ideas-for-10-or-less">80 Stocking Stuffer Ideas for $10 or Less</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-simplest-way-to-live-simply-and-cheaply">The Simplest Way to Live Simply — And Cheaply</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mick-jagger-rarely-buys-new-and-4-other-smart-money-lessons-from-thrifty-musicians">Mick Jagger Rarely Buys New and 4 Other Smart Money Lessons From Thrifty Musicians</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Frugal Living best money tips expenses guests wedding Mon, 12 Nov 2012 10:36:46 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 955723 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Unique Ways to Cut Wedding Costs http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-unique-ways-to-cut-wedding-costs <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-unique-ways-to-cut-wedding-costs" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/1847633807_8fb95ce424_z-1.jpg" alt="Unique Ways to Cut Wedding Costs" title="Unique Ways to Cut Wedding Costs" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on unique ways to cut wedding costs, beating the latest airline fees, and organizing your workday.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://money.msn.com/frugal-living/post.aspx?_p=cf8298a7-2b02-4210-b30c-7c20cc51de44&amp;ref=bfv&amp;post=2ebc2634-1bb9-4ac4-94c7-246a4b0832e3">Unique ways to cut wedding costs</a> &mdash; To reduce your wedding costs, take advantage of daily deals sites. [MSN Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/2012/07/03/6-ways-to-beat-the-latest-airline-fees/">6 Ways to Beat the Latest Airline Fees</a> &mdash; Beat the latest airline fees by opting to pay a little extra for more seat width instead of paying for business or first class. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Tips-Organizing-Your-Workday-3569039">How-To: Organize Your Workday</a> &mdash; Organize your workday by prioritizing your to do list. [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/buy-bulk.html">Should You Buy That In Bulk?</a> &mdash; Avoid buying olive oil in bulk but feel free to stock up on canned goods. [Bargaineering]</p> <p><a href="http://kiplinger.com/magazine/archives/6-things-to-know-about-credit-scores.html?si=1">6 Things to Know About Credit Scores</a> &mdash; Did you know that there is no single number when it comes to your credit score? Different lenders produce different scores. [Kiplinger]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.moneycrashers.com/local-farmers-market-shopping/">10 Tips for Shopping at Local Farmers' Markets</a> &mdash; When shopping at local farmers' markets, remember to try something new! [Money Crashers]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2012/07/how-do-financial-advisors-earn-their-fee.html">How Do Financial Advisors Earn Their Fee?</a> &mdash; Financial advisors add value to your portfolio by lowering your expense ratios. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.creditsesame.com/blog/5-easy-ways-to-make-yourself-contribute-to-your-savings/">5 Easy Ways to Make Yourself Contribute to Your Savings</a> &mdash; To make yourself contribute to your savings, start thinking long term. [Credit Sesame]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/6-ways-to-keep-your-cool-during-hard-times">6 Ways to Keep Your Cool During Hard Times</a> &mdash; To keep your cool during hard times, surround yourself with people. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.marcandangel.com/2012/07/06/10-things-to-tell-yourself-today/">10 Things to Tell Yourself Today</a> &mdash; Today, tell yourself that you are focusing on the next positive step. [Marc and Angel Hack Life]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-unique-ways-to-cut-wedding-costs" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Unique Ways to Cut Wedding Costs" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-unique-ways-to-cut-wedding-costs">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-one-wedding-trick-will-save-you-thousands">This One Wedding Trick Will Save You Thousands</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sensible-ways-to-raise-cash-for-a-wedding">Sensible Ways to Raise Cash for a Wedding</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wedding-dresses-for-under-200">Wedding Dresses for Under $200</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-economics-of-marriage-and-health-til-death-do-us-part">The Economics of Marriage and Health - Til Death Do Us Part</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-do-before-moving-in-with-someone">What to Do Before Moving in With Someone</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Lifestyle best money tips marriage wedding Mon, 09 Jul 2012 10:00:09 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 939802 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Save Money on Your Wedding http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-save-money-on-your-wedding <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-save-money-on-your-wedding" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/202393002_b589eeca7e_z-1.jpg" alt="Save Money on Your Wedding" title="Save Money on Your Wedding" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on saving money on your wedding, managing a toxic boss, and saving on your favorite indulgences.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.thedigeratilife.com/blog/save-money-wedding-costs-budget/">Save Money On Your Wedding: Control Your Wedding Costs &amp; Budget</a> &mdash; When budgeting for your wedding, remember to work off a wedding checklist. [The Digerati Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.girlsjustwannahavefunds.com/managing-a-toxic-boss">Managing a Toxic Boss + Knowing When and How to Leave</a> &mdash; If your boss is causing you mental health issues, it may be time to leave your job. [Girls Just Wanna Have Funds]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Get-Free-Books-Magazines-Movies-DVDs-22636148">Secrets To Saving On Your 7 Favorite Indulgences</a> &mdash; See movies for free by checking out GoFobo and Film Metro. [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moolanomy.com/5947/avoid-money-problems-by-planning-for-annual-and-irregular-expenses-kmulligan/">Avoid Money Problems by Planning for Annual and Irregular Expenses</a> &mdash; Make sure you have a budget for regular expenses and emergency savings for irregular expenses. [Moolanomy]</p> <p><a href="http://ptmoney.com/financial-advice-for-stay-at-home-moms/">Financial Advice for Stay at Home Moms</a> &mdash; If you are a stay at home parent, remember to contribute to a separate retirement account. [PT Money]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://creativemoney.biz/2012/04/11/how-to-solve-money-problems-creatively/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+CreativeMoneyBlog+%28Creative+Money+Blog%29">How To Solve Money Problems Creatively</a> &mdash; Want to solve money problems creatively? Try to eliminate isolation. [Creative Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.marcandangel.com/2012/04/16/10-habits-you-must-quit-to-be-happy/">10 Habits you Must Quit to Be Happy</a> &mdash; Be happy by not trying to control the uncontrollable. [Marc and Angel Hack Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.walletblog.com/2012/04/5-ways-to-make-your-job-application-stand-out/">5 Ways to Make Your Job Application Stand Out</a> &mdash; To make your job application stand out, personalize your cover letter 100%. [Wallet Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://thirtysixmonths.com/4-ways-to-save-money-travelling/?utm_source=rss&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=4-ways-to-save-money-travelling">4 Ways to Save Money Travelling.</a> &mdash; When traveling, save money on food by utilizing grocery stores. [Thirty Six Months]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/10-ways-restaurants-can-better-serve-parents-with-kids">10 Ways Restaurants Can Better Serve Parents With Kids</a> &mdash; One thing restaurants can do to better serve parents with kids is not asking kids if they want a soda with their meal. [Parenting Squad]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-save-money-on-your-wedding" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Save Money on Your Wedding" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-save-money-on-your-wedding">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-overpriced-holiday-gifts-you-should-skip">7 Overpriced Holiday Gifts You Should Skip</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/80-stocking-stuffer-ideas-for-10-or-less">80 Stocking Stuffer Ideas for $10 or Less</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-simplest-way-to-live-simply-and-cheaply">The Simplest Way to Live Simply — And Cheaply</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mick-jagger-rarely-buys-new-and-4-other-smart-money-lessons-from-thrifty-musicians">Mick Jagger Rarely Buys New and 4 Other Smart Money Lessons From Thrifty Musicians</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-ultimate-guide-to-holiday-tipping">The Ultimate Guide to Holiday Tipping</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Frugal Living best money tips wedding Tue, 17 Apr 2012 09:48:22 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 920605 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Tips For A Frugal Wedding http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-tips-for-a-frugal-wedding <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-tips-for-a-frugal-wedding" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5594708904_d8e54f0bb7_z-1.jpg" alt="Tips For A Frugal Wedding" title="Tips For A Frugal Wedding" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on frugal wedding tips, finance advice for forgetful people, and tips to be a better employee.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.biblemoneymatters.com/7-tips-for-a-frugal-wedding/">7 Tips For A Frugal Wedding</a> &mdash; Save money on your wedding by not renting a fancy car or limo. [Bible Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Tips-Handling-Personal-Finances-18910245">6 Personal Finance Tips For Forgetful People</a> &mdash; If you tend to be forgetful, it might be a good idea to set aside a day for paying your bills. [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.budgetsaresexy.com/2011/08/10-tips-to-be-better-employee/">10 Tips to Be a Better Employee</a> &mdash; Be a better employee by learning about areas outside of your focus. [Budgets are Sexy]</p> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/columns/drt/archive/how-to-limit-student-loan-debt.html">How to Limit Student-Loan Debt</a> &mdash; Want to keep your student loan debt to a minimum? Try to choose a school that fits into the family budget. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneycrashers.com/natural-homemade-toothpaste-mouthwash-recipes/">Natural Homemade Toothpaste &amp; Mouthwash Recipes on a Budget</a> &mdash; Make your own coconut toothpaste using coconut oil, baking soda, and essential oils. [Money Crashers]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://getcurrency.com/dining-travel/what-to-do-when-you-have-to-cancel-your-trip">What to Do When You Have to Cancel Your Trip</a> &mdash; Do you have to cancel an upcoming trip? Be ready to not only negotiate, but to lose some money too. [Currency]</p> <p><a href="http://www.openforum.com/articles/7-tips-for-beating-fear-and-becoming-a-stellar-public-speaker">7 Tips For Beating Fear And Becoming A Stellar Public Speaker</a> &mdash; Become an awesome public speaker by talking about a subject that excites you. [American Express OPEN Forum]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/5-things-to-consider-when-choosing-a-guardian-for-your-child">5 Things To Consider When Choosing A Guardian For Your Child</a> &mdash; Are you in the process of choosing a guardian for your child? Keep in mind that no one will be absolutely perfect for the job. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyning.com/career/3-ways-to-ask-for-a-raise-in-today&rsquo;s-economy/">3 Ways to Ask for a Raise in Today's Economy</a> &mdash; To get a raise in today's economy, assess your company's needs then capitalize on those needs. [Money Ning]</p> <p><a href="http://www.mint.com/blog/consumer-iq/the-top-10-scams-&ndash;-and-how-to-avoid-them-092011/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MyMint+%28Mint+Personal+Finance+Blog%29">The Top 10 Scams - and How to Avoid Them</a> &mdash; Avoid debt collection scams by knowing your rights. [MintLife Blog]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-tips-for-a-frugal-wedding" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Tips For A Frugal Wedding" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-tips-for-a-frugal-wedding">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ways-to-tell-the-difference-between-being-frugal-and-being-cheap">12 Ways to Tell the Difference Between Being Frugal and Being Cheap</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/do-not-buy-something-just-because-you-can-afford-it">Do not buy something just because you can afford it</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/oprah-asks-a-great-question-what-can-you-live-without">Oprah Asks A Great Question; What Can You Live Without?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sensible-ways-to-raise-cash-for-a-wedding">Sensible Ways to Raise Cash for a Wedding</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheap-and-romantic-ideas-for-valentines-day-and-any-other-day-of-the-year">Cheap and Romantic Ideas for Valentine&#039;s Day (And Any Other Day of the Year)</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Lifestyle best money tips frugal wedding Mon, 05 Sep 2011 10:00:17 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 691079 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Wedding Makeup on a Budget http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-wedding-makeup-on-a-budget <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-wedding-makeup-on-a-budget" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/422701653_f484bc867e_z_0.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="168" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on how to do your wedding makeup on a budget, ways you're getting ripped off, and Father's Day gift ideas under $100.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.moneycrashers.com/do-wedding-makeup-tips-ideas-budget/">How to Do Wedding Makeup on a Budget - 10 Tips &amp; Ideas</a> &mdash; Save money on your wedding makeup by having a makeup party. [Money Crashers]</p> <p><a href="http://www.forbes.com/2011/05/12/twenty-rip-offs-2011.html">Twenty Ways You're Getting Ripped Off</a> &mdash; If you buy travel sized products, you are getting ripped off. [Forbes]</p> <p><a href="http://www.doughroller.net/smart-spending/fathers-day-gift-ideas-under-100/">20 Great Father's Day Gift Ideas Under $100</a> &mdash; This Father's Day, consider getting your dad sports tickets. [Dough Roller]</p> <p><a href="http://www.mattaboutmoney.com/2011/05/13/money-lessons-for-new-grads/?">Money Lessons for New Grads</a> &mdash; If you are a new grad, be sure to try to keep your housing costs down. [Matt About Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.smartmoney.com/spend/autos/how-to-cash-in-on-rising-usedcar-prices-1304985313634/">How to Cash In on Rising Used-Car Prices</a> &mdash; Take advantage of rising used car prices by trading your old car in for a new car. [SmartMoney]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/17-tips-for-garage-sale-safety">17 Tips For Garage Sale Safety</a> &mdash; Stay safe when having a garage sale by greeting everyone who walks up. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.positivityblog.com/index.php/2011/05/06/minimize-fear/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ThePositivityblog-PutSomePersonalDevelopmentAndPositivityIntoYourLife+%28The+PositivityBlog+-+Put+some+personal+development+and+positivity+into+your+life%29">5 Practical Steps to Help You Minimize Fear and Open Up Your Life Today</a> &mdash; Minimize your fear by taking a small step forward. [The Positivity Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://getcurrency.com/dining-travel/smart-shopping-at-the-farmers-market">Smart Shopping at the Farmers' Market</a> -- Be a smart shopper at the farmer's market by not sticking to a strict list. [Currency]</p> <p><a href="http://www.marcandangel.com/2011/05/15/111-lessons-life-taught-us/">111 Lessons Life Taught Us</a> &mdash; Don't forget that people who are meant to be together will find their way back to each other. [Marc and Angel Hack Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.credit.com/blog/2011/05/5-ways-to-get-paid-for-spring-cleaning/">5 Ways to Get Paid for Spring Cleaning</a> &mdash; Get paid to spring clean by auctioning off your unwanted stuff on sites like eBay. [Credit.com News &amp; Advice]</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-wedding-makeup-on-a-budget" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Wedding Makeup on a Budget" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-wedding-makeup-on-a-budget">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-11"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/five-beauty-products-ive-learned-to-live-without">Five Beauty Products I&#039;ve Learned To Live Without</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-beauty-be-this-basic">Can Beauty Be THIS Basic?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-easy-beauty-tricks-to-hide-your-flaws-not-that-you-have-any">8 Easy Beauty Tricks to Hide Your Flaws (Not That You Have Any!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wantable-makeup-premium-cosmetics-at-a-bargain-price">Wantable Makeup: Premium Cosmetics at a Bargain Price</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-that-dieting-and-budgeting-are-exactly-the-same">6 Ways that Dieting and Budgeting are Exactly the Same</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Health and Beauty best money tips budget makeup wedding Tue, 17 May 2011 09:48:12 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 544256 at http://www.wisebread.com A Frugal Renewal: Retying The Knot Without Untying Your Budget http://www.wisebread.com/a-frugal-renewal-retying-the-knot-without-untying-your-budget <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/a-frugal-renewal-retying-the-knot-without-untying-your-budget" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/1262597_hands_in_love.jpg" alt="hands" title="hands" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There is a big trend right now in Hollywood: wedding vow renewal ceremonies.</p> <p>From superstars like Mariah Carey, Salma Hayek, and Heidi Klum, to reality TV stars like Tori Spelling and the &quot;Real Housewives,&quot; couples are getting hitched again, and again, and again. Who would have thought that renewing vows would be so très chic?</p> <p>While it is always fun to get a glimpse inside Hollywood life and these hot couple's happy times, you are more likely an average Joe and Jill. It may be nice to talk about renewing wedding vows, but finances can cause cold feet at the altar. However, renewing wedding vows can be a satisfying and joyful occasion without added budgetary strains. Here are some tips for renewing your vows on a budget.</p> <p>First and foremost, decide on a budget so you can then make rational decisions on where to spend your money. Determine what's most important to you and your spouse, and try to include the most important items first. Decide whether or not you will be hosting the ceremony and/or reception. The size of your guest list may decide for you.</p> <p>Once you've reached a decision on the budget, work on the ceremony. A crucial detail and budget cruncher is always location. The cheapest option is keeping it local. Some couples choose to renew their vows at their local church. Personally, I prefer something a little less formal and more exotic or meaningful. I don't necessarily mean somewhere in the Caribbean or South Pacific (although that would be very nice). It can be as simple as a state park, garden, the restaurant where you had your first date, or your own house.</p> <p>Renewing your vows is not an official ceremony, so ask a close friend, relative, or a clergy-person to perform the ceremony.&nbsp; This will not only cut costs, but make the ceremony more personal and special for you and your spouse.</p> <p>If you are interested in a wedding that's more honeymoonesque , look for places that offer packages on travel, such as a bed and breakfast, a cruise, an all-inclusive resort, or an air-plus-hotel packaged deal. Even better, look for a packaged wedding deal to help take the stress and cost out of arranging the renewal ceremony and reception yourself. Many wedding sites and resorts offer packages for both the budget-minded and the non-budget minded. Prices usually start at $80 to $90 and include an official, vows, and a certificate.</p> <p>Do your research ahead of time and find out when the off-season is for your destination. Not only are standard rates lower, but there are also more promotions. If you want to take a cruise, look for deals in the spring and fall when there is less demand for bookings. For example, <a href="http://www.travelocity.com/">Travelocity</a> is offering a three-night cruise (in late November) to the Bahamas for $189 plus 15% off all shore excursions.</p> <p>Save even more by watching the travel discounters for additional coupons or promo codes. It's like getting a double discount. If travel in the off-season is not an option, then look for coupons for early booking discounts. The best place to find early booking discounts is to go right to the source: the resort's website.</p> <p>Now that you've decided on travel, think about your invitations. If you are really on a budget, you could just do an evite online or through Facebook. If you want something a little more formal, try designing them yourself either online or with Microsoft Word. Export it into a standard format and then upload it to an online printer such as <a href="http://www.vistaprint.com/">Vistaprint</a> or <a href="http://www.overnightprints.com/">Overnight Prints</a>. Take advantage of the discounted pricing and double up the savings with a 20% off coupon. You'll have professional invitations without the extra cost.</p> <p>Don't forget the photographer or videographer! This is probably one of the most important things. It doesn't mean you have to hire a professional. Ask a friend to document the special occasion for you. If you do choose to have a professional, try to find one that will give you all of the pictures digitally for one set price.</p> <p>Last, but not least, you need to decide on what to wear during the ceremony. If you are not wearing your original wedding dress or tuxedo, then look for discount or closeout dresses. Sites like <a href="http://www.edressme.com/">eDressMe</a> offer closeout prices on designer dresses. For even more of a discount, look for coupons to apply to your order.</p> <p>Beyond these decisions, the rest is just icing on the cake! Just remember to make it meaningful and have fun.</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-frugal-renewal-retying-the-knot-without-untying-your-budget" class="sharethis-link" title="A Frugal Renewal: Retying The Knot Without Untying Your Budget" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is a guest post by Sok Verdery. Sok is the CEO of <a href="http://www.couponshack.com/"><span>CouponShack.com</span></a>, a leading coupon website that helps consumers save money and get the best deals at their favorite stores.</p> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sok-verdery">Sok Verdery</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-frugal-renewal-retying-the-knot-without-untying-your-budget">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-12"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/when-should-you-say-no-to-those-who-want-to-borrow-money-from-you">When Should You Say No to Those Who Want to Borrow Money from You?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ow-do-you-deal-with-family-members-who-are-bad-at-managing-money">How Do You Deal With Family Members Who Are Bad At Managing Money?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-express-condolences-without-saying-something-stupid">How to Express Condolences Without Saying Something Stupid</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sensible-ways-to-raise-cash-for-a-wedding">Sensible Ways to Raise Cash for a Wedding</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-money-on-baby-goodies-with-daily-deal-websites">Save Money on Baby Goodies With Daily Deal Websites</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Family General Tips wedding Tue, 07 Sep 2010 13:16:51 +0000 Sok Verdery 230491 at http://www.wisebread.com Sensible Ways to Raise Cash for a Wedding http://www.wisebread.com/sensible-ways-to-raise-cash-for-a-wedding <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sensible-ways-to-raise-cash-for-a-wedding" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/cake.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="280" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Before I got married last year, I wrote a post <a href="http://baglady.dreamhosters.com/2007/07/25/the-frivolity-of-a-modern-wedding/">ranting about how my wedding would cost more than my college education</a> . There is no doubt that a wedding is an extremely expensive affair, and recently I read that many people are taking out loans to pay for their weddings. I also heard of an extremely egregious story of a woman who took nearly $200,000 out of the equity of her home to pay for her dream wedding in a castle in France. Since many of my friends are getting married this year, I felt that I should write an article about how to raise cash for a wedding if your parents are not footing the bill.</p> <p><strong>Start Saving and Planning Early</strong> - When my husband and I visited venues for our wedding, I overheard a couple say that they saved for six months to get enough cash for a deposit on the venue. Then they booked a wedding date two years in the future so that they could save for the rest. This is a venue that charged $1500 for a deposit and about $7000 for the entire event. I think this young couple definitely had the right idea. They knew that it took them six months to save $1500, and they could save the rest in two years and pay it off on their wedding date. They are also wise in booking their venue early because this year the venue they chose raised prices by 16%, but they were able to lock into the lower price last year.</p> <p><strong>Consider Asking for Cash Gifts</strong> - In a previous <a href="/chinese-money-habits-how-my-culture-influences-my-attitudes-toward-money" target="_blank">article about Chinese culture </a> I mentioned that we prefer to give cash gifts. On our wedding invitations to friends and family we gave information for our gift registry and also said that red envelopes are welcome. As a result we received quite a good amount of cash gifts which we appreciated very much. Depending on the size of your wedding and the generosity of your guests, sometimes it is possible to fund an entire wedding just by cash gifts. In China most weddings are paid for upfront by a groom&#39;s family, but the hosts are generally able to recover their expenses from the guests they invite.</p> <p><strong>Get Corporate Sponsorship</strong> - I heard about this idea a couple years ago. Some brides and grooms are &quot;selling out&quot; their weddings to corporate sponsorship. For example, some brides have invitations sponsored by paper companies and indicate the company&#39;s names in the invitations. Others turned their wedding into a <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/Story?id=2179991&amp;page=1" target="_blank">giant marketing event in a ballpark</a> to reduce the costs. This may seem tacky, but you could have a large event on a small budget because many things are paid for by sponsors. It still takes time and effort to find willing sponsors if you are willing to go this route. It basically turns your special day into a giant marketing event.</p> <p>The bottom line is that starting a married life together with wedding debt is probably not the best idea. It may take years to pay off a debt incurred in one day, and that may make that wedding day not such a sweet memory. If a big expensive wedding is absolutely necessary then there are sensible ways to save and raise money for the event besides taking out a loan or maxing out high interest credit cards. Of course, before you raise cash for your wedding, you should consider cutting down on your budget as much as possible. Here on Wise Bread we have quite a few great articles on how to have weddings on the cheap:</p> <p><a href="/55-ways-i-saved-or-considered-saving-time-and-money-planning-my-wedding">55 Ways I Saved (or Considered Saving) Time and Money Planning my Wedding</a></p> <p><a href="/classy-weddings-on-the-cheap">Classy Weddings on the Cheap</a> </p> <p><a href="/green-wedding-tips-for-real-people">Green Wedding Tips for Real People</a> </p> <p>Congratulations to all of you who are tying the knot!</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sensible-ways-to-raise-cash-for-a-wedding" class="sharethis-link" title="Sensible Ways to Raise Cash for a Wedding" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/xin-lu">Xin Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sensible-ways-to-raise-cash-for-a-wedding">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-13"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/when-should-you-say-no-to-those-who-want-to-borrow-money-from-you">When Should You Say No to Those Who Want to Borrow Money from You?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/do-not-buy-something-just-because-you-can-afford-it">Do not buy something just because you can afford it</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ow-do-you-deal-with-family-members-who-are-bad-at-managing-money">How Do You Deal With Family Members Who Are Bad At Managing Money?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chinese-money-habits-how-my-culture-influences-my-attitudes-toward-money">Chinese Money Habits - How My Culture Influences My Attitudes Toward Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/47-simple-ways-to-waste-money">47 Simple Ways To Waste Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Personal Finance General Tips Lifestyle cash money sponsorship wedding Mon, 19 May 2008 23:21:38 +0000 Xin Lu 2104 at http://www.wisebread.com Budget Busters http://www.wisebread.com/budget-busters <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/budget-busters" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/poverty.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="176" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Every day I read about 60-70 personal finance/frugal living blogs. Through the help of many of our online friends, I have been fortunate enough to put my personal finance position into its proper perspective, and begin to take ownership of my financial decisions and decision-making. However, even after completing a total overhaul of my spending and budgeting, there are some financial pitfalls I cannot avoid. </p> <p>I often think about the little financial &quot;sea of troubles&quot; many times throughout the course of my day. I acknowledge several times a day, that despite all I learned, and all I am willing to learn, at some point the knowledge must translate into action, and through persistent action, habit. But, the process of financial planning is imperfect, that&#39;s why there are so many resources offering sometimes competing advice. This thing of ours (personal finance) is an imperfect science, one we must know inside and out, before we can hope to master it.</p> <p>A famous Chinese proverb sums up the mess of our struggle with personal finance, &quot;To learn virtue takes three years; to learn evil, one day.&quot; While I think three years might be quite optimistic, it is important to take steps toward acknowledging your faults, in order to turn vice into virtue. </p> <p>With that in mind, I&#39;ve listed some financial problems or areas of concern for my life. No matter how much energy I put into these areas, I generally cannot reduce the significant amount of stress they put on me and my budget: </p> <ul> <li><span class="Apple-style-span">Automotive Expenses</span></li> </ul> <p>Between auto loans, insurance, gas, maintenance, our automotive costs for two people sometimes consume nearly 40% of our entire monthly expenses. This is completely unreasonable. I&#39;ve considered re-financing the auto loans to take advantage of lower rates, but banks do not like our high student loan balances and the fact myself and the future-wife (more on that below) are both still in school with no full-time jobs. I&#39;ve also considered trading in the SUV for a compact-car to save on fuel efficiency. However, I have problems parting ways with my truck (especially with all the snow Upstate NY gets) so we are quasi-content to maintain the status quo, but try to carpool or walk whenever possible. I&#39;ve promised some people a blog post on this topic and apologize for its delay, but I&#39;m also considering how much fuel, i.e. money, I waste using my remote car starter approximately 600+ times per year. Until that post is finished, suffice it to say, the automotive expenses in our household elevate the stress/anger level a good two or three notches. </p> <ul> <li><span class="Apple-style-span">Dining Out</span></li> </ul> <p>Let me start by saying I love gourmet food. This flies in the face of almost everything we are trying to accomplish. To that end, we&#39;ve reduced the amount of times we eat out (down to maybe once or twice per week) and become more conscious of what we buy at the grocery store. The problem is that when you weave our school/part-time work/internship/community involvement schedules together, there is little time left to cook. For some time we were both on Weight Watchers (eliminated as a frivolous expense) at the end of last year and since then we&#39;ve been eating mostly healthy foods. The limited time for meal preparation + expensive healthy snacks puts a damper on the finances, but it is a welcome problem, because the causes are school (more education = more $$$) and a desire to eat healthy. </p> <ul> <li><span class="Apple-style-span">Wedding Costs</span></li> </ul> <p>Planning a wedding is not for the faint of pocketbook. We are both having a great time <span class="Apple-style-span">planning </span><a href="http://melissaandanthony.com" target="_blank">our wedding</a> this June. However, we are not having a fun time dealing with the costs of our wedding. Getting married is expensive, but getting divorced is more expensive, which is why I don&#39;t mind spending gobs of money to marry the person I know I am going to be with forever (hope she&#39;s reading!) I checked out <a href="/green-wedding-tips-for-real-people" target="_blank">Myscha&#39;s article</a> on going green with your wedding, and was delighted to learn that we were implementing many of her recommendations. </p> <ul> <li><span class="Apple-style-span">Consumer Debt</span></li> </ul> <p>This section is the bane of my existence. After implementing the <a href="http://www.paidtwice.com/2008/01/24/developing-a-snowflaking-mentality/" target="_blank">debt snowflake model</a> and porting our one credit card with a high balance over to several smaller cards with long 0% balance transfer periods, I feel this category is starting to come under control. Since we currently only pay the taxes on our house (although we plan on moving and purchasing a new house soon) and our student loans are still in deferment based on our active enrollment in Grad School, the credit cards are currently our only active debt. Admittedly, we&#39;d be paying them down much faster if we weren&#39;t constantly setting money aside for the wedding. My goal is to be credit card debt free by the end of 2009, although I think the freedom will come much sooner then that. </p> <ul> <li><span class="Apple-style-span">Grooming (Damn It Feels Good To Be A Gangsta)</span></li> </ul> <p>Total vanity point. I love to buy expensive male grooming products. Fusion Power razor blades, Grooming Lounge shaving products, Molton Brown soaps and shampoos and expensive colognes are my weakness. My partner-in-crime over at <a href="http://frugallawstudent.com" target="_blank">The Frugal Law Student</a> has even spun-off and started a great new website, <a href="http://artofmanliness.com" target="_blank">The Art of Manliness</a> (check out his article on <a href="http://artofmanliness.com/2008/01/04/how-to-shave-like-your-grandpa/" target="_blank">shaving like your grandfather</a> ). There is nothing that brings me more pleasure then spending the afternoon surfing the web to purchase another over-priced hair care or shaving product. That being said, I&#39;m trying to cut down. Trying is the operative word. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/budget-busters" class="sharethis-link" title="Budget Busters" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/anthony-marrone">Anthony Marrone</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/budget-busters">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-14"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/it-takes-a-frugal-spouse-to-make-a-frugal-home">It takes a frugal spouse to make a frugal home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/financial-iq-test-how-healthy-is-your-budget">FINANCIAL IQ TEST: How Healthy Is Your Budget?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/in-times-like-these-separate-the-want-from-the-need">In times like these, separate the want from the need.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/if-youre-doing-these-5-things-your-saving-efforts-are-for-nothing">If You&#039;re Doing These 5 Things, Your Saving Efforts Are for Nothing</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/five-reasons-why-i-love-public-transportation">Five Reasons Why I Love Public Transportation</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Personal Finance budget Cars credit cards dining grooming wedding Tue, 05 Feb 2008 05:47:03 +0000 Anthony Marrone 1746 at http://www.wisebread.com Wedding Dresses for Under $200 http://www.wisebread.com/wedding-dresses-for-under-200 <p><img src="/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/weddingdress.jpg" alt=" " width="214" height="215" /></p> <p>Target is offering <a href="http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html/sr=1-8/qid=1181746365/ref=sr_1_8/601-2274887-6925756?ie=UTF8&amp;asin=B000M3CXA0">wedding dresses for under $200</a>! </p> <p>Now, I&#39;ve been griping lately about imported Chinese goods. These <a href="http://www.target.com/gp/search.html/601-2274887-6925756?field-keywords=wedding+dress&amp;url=index%3Dtarget&amp;ref=sr_bx_1_1">Isaac Mizrahi</a> gowns are probably sewn in sweatshops in Asia, so mentioning them here isn&#39;t meant as a promotion per se. That said, I still find it fascinating.</p> <p>NPR did a quick story on the online-offered gowns today, which you can listen to <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=11007440">here</a>.</p> <p>Mind you, you can still find a cheap used wedding gown at a consignment shop or even Goodwill, but you run the risk of getting only a limited pool of outdated dresses to choose from. With the Target gowns, at least you&#39;re starting with something modern and chic that you can spruce up and personalize on your own.</p> <p><em>Photo by </em><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/pinkmoose/"><em>Anthony Easton.</em></a></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wedding-dresses-for-under-200" class="sharethis-link" title="Wedding Dresses for Under $200" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wedding-dresses-for-under-200">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-15"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-one-wedding-trick-will-save-you-thousands">This One Wedding Trick Will Save You Thousands</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buy-sell-make-a-profit-thanks-office-depot">Buy. Sell. Make a Profit. Thanks Office Depot.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-time-for-summer-shopping-in-europe">Best Time For Summer Shopping In Europe!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/givin-em-the-slip-look-rich-for-very-little">Givin&#039; &#039;em the Slip - Look Rich for Very Little</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-i-got-over-my-haggling-hatred">How I Got Over My Haggling Hatred</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Shopping discount dress Isaac Mizrahi marriage wedding Wed, 13 Jun 2007 15:04:13 +0000 Andrea Karim 730 at http://www.wisebread.com