wedding http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/516/all en-US 7 Unexpected Costs That Could Ruin Your Wedding Budget http://www.wisebread.com/7-unexpected-costs-that-could-ruin-your-wedding-budget <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-unexpected-costs-that-could-ruin-your-wedding-budget" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/wedding_married_couple_000057036094.jpg" alt="Married couple dealing with unexpected costs that ruined their wedding budget" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Walking down the aisle is quite possibly the most expensive party you will ever throw in your life. In fact, the national average <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/budget-bride-131-savvy-ways-to-cut-wedding-costs">cost for a wedding</a> in 2014 was a staggering $31,000, according to a survey conducted by wedding guru site, TheKnot. That's enough money for a respectable down payment on a house in many parts of America.</p> <p>Just where is all the money going? Here are seven costs that are sure to ruin your wedding budget if you aren't careful, and a few tips to avoid that from happening.</p> <h2>1. Location, Location, Location</h2> <p>This term is often used in real estate, but also applies when it comes to planning a wedding. Locations can be fancy, like grand hotel ballrooms, or simple like casual backyard affairs. Just where you decide to have your wedding can take up a sizable portion of your wedding budget. According to TheKnot, wedding venues take up over $14,000 of that $31,000 average.</p> <h3>Saving the Dough</h3> <p>If you are looking to save money, ask around and find someone who is willing to rent you their nice backyard for a small fee, or negotiate a discount with a more traditional wedding venue for an off night, like say a Monday or Wednesday. Another option is to try for an alternate time of year, say winter when weddings aren't as common. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-one-wedding-trick-will-save-you-thousands?ref=seealso">This One Wedding Trick Will Save You Thousands</a>)</p> <h2>2. Peek-a-Boo Costs</h2> <p>Many people forget to budget for expenses that seem to come out of nowhere. For example, it's customary to tip the staff at the venue 10%&ndash;20% at the end of the night. That's on top of the fee you've already paid them. Or what about alterations to make that wedding dress perfect? Those can run into the hundreds. Another peek-a-boo cost is parking fees. Your guests are going to need a place to park, and if you're having a VIP moment and want to pay for all the parking, be sure to add $250+ to your already exploding budget.</p> <h3>Saving the Dough</h3> <p>Cut out the extra expenses that guests don't expect you to pay for like parking, call on your Aunt Nancy who's a great seamstress for alterations to the dress, and use friends as servers if possible.</p> <h2>3. Roses Are Red</h2> <p>There is no doubt that flowers are magical. Not only do they smell amazing, but they also add a certain polished quality that every wedding longs for. Roses, the most favored wedding flower, also happen to be the most expensive wedding flower. A dozen roses can cost upwards of $20. Don't forget bouquets and boutonnieres.</p> <h3>Saving the Dough</h3> <p>Find a local flower mart where you can purchase flowers the day before your wedding for a significant discount. Many florist shops will also have last minute deals on the flowers that are left over, which would make equally amazing tabletop decorations at a fraction of the cost.</p> <h2>4. Say Cheese</h2> <p>Spending $5,000 on wedding pictures is so 2014. It's a given that you will probably spend the first year looking back over your thousands of pictures and reminiscing. However as time goes on, the urge to recount every last detail captured in pictures is somewhere near the bottom of the to-do list. With social media sharing, and every wedding guest essentially being a private wedding photographer, it's easy to still capture every moment, without the hefty expense.</p> <h3>Saving the Dough</h3> <p>Use a wedding app like <a href="http://www.wedpics.com">WedPics</a>, where you can create a free app that will let your guests upload unlimited wedding pics and videos to your own personal site. This way you can still capture Uncle Bobby's long-winded wedding speech, but do it on a budget.</p> <h2>5. Cheers</h2> <p>The endless debate rolls on whether a wedding requires an open bar, or a cash bar. It's obvious that the open bar can be a silent budget killer. Inevitably, there are one or two guests that have waited until this moment to see how many martinis they can drink in a five-hour span. The most expensive drinks at a wedding are anything that is classified as a mixed, or specialty drink, that requires hard alcohol.</p> <h3>Saving the Dough</h3> <p>If you don't have the stomach for a cash bar, think about drinks that aren't expensive like beer and wine. If possible, cater in your own alcohol that you can purchase from a discount merchant like Costco or Sam's Club. Better yet, have an open bar for a few hours, and then switch to a cash bar.</p> <h2>6. Plus One</h2> <p>If there was ever a time to RSVP, it is for a wedding. Unfortunately, many people fail to understand the importance, and instead show up without RSVPing or, worse yet, they RSVP for one, and bring a guest or two. Wedding budgets everywhere just throw their hands in the air. At $50&ndash;$100 a head, if 10 extra people showed up, that's an extra $500&ndash;$1000 in costs that weren't accounted for.</p> <h3>Saving the Dough</h3> <p>Make RSVPing easy for guests by offering online options like <a href="http://www.rsvpify.com">RSVPify</a>. Another idea is to add a healthy pad into the wedding budget of 15%&ndash;20% so you are prepared for any plus one catastrophes.</p> <h2>7. Where's the Beef?</h2> <p>Right behind location costs, food costs are the second highest expense. Why do we feel the need to always serve guests a gourmet five-course meal at $100 a head? Just because it's common, doesn't mean it's good for your budget. Guests are also used to having choices at weddings. Would you like the chicken, fish, or beef? It doesn't take a genius to figure out that beef is the highest priced entrée on the menu. On average, beef costs $8&ndash;$10 more than its chicken or fish counterparts, and yet beef happens to be the most requested dish on any wedding menu.</p> <h3>Saving the Dough</h3> <p>The easiest solution is to obviously avoid serving beef. However, there are many options to incorporate beef that will still offer the luxury feel, without the luxury price. Try serving a beef appetizer, where one steak will serve many.</p> <p><em>Do you have any wedding saving tips? Tell us about them. </em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/shannah-game">Shannah Game</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-unexpected-costs-that-could-ruin-your-wedding-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-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/12-money-saving-tricks-to-know-before-buying-an-engagement-ring">12 Money-Saving Tricks to Know Before Buying an Engagement Ring</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/how-to-be-happy-and-married-24-tips-from-a-24-year-old-marriage">How to Be Happy and Married: 24 Tips from a 24-Year-Old Marriage</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/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-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-deal-when-your-spouse-is-suffering-from-burnout">How to Deal When Your Spouse is Suffering From Burnout</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-be-charming">How to be charming</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks Budgeting celebrations events marriage parties wedding Wed, 03 Jun 2015 15:00:09 +0000 Shannah Game 1438457 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 Money-Saving Tricks to Know Before Buying an Engagement Ring http://www.wisebread.com/12-money-saving-tricks-to-know-before-buying-an-engagement-ring <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-money-saving-tricks-to-know-before-buying-an-engagement-ring" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000048536234_Large.jpg" alt="man proposing to girlfriend" title="man proposing to girlfriend" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Planning to pop the question? You'll need a ring before you get down on bended knee, and when it comes to buying jewelry, it's easy to make costly mistakes (especially if you don't know what you're doing). (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-one-wedding-trick-will-save-you-thousands?ref=seealso">This One Wedding Trick Will Save You Thousands</a>)</p> <p>To ensure that you're getting the best value for your budget, here are 12 engagement ring tricks from leading industry experts. Former diamond cutter and third-generation jeweler Anubh Shah of<a href="http://www.fourmine.com/"> Four Mine</a>, and Andrea Novella, creative director at<a href="http://www.gemmajadejewelry.com"> Gemma Jade Jewelry</a>, divulge their insider secrets to help you get the most brilliance for your buck.</p> <h2>1. Buy Diamonds Just Shy of Critical Weights</h2> <p>Carat weight and size are important in the ring-buying process &mdash; at least they are to your girlfriend &mdash; and jewelers know it. That's precisely why most diamonds are cut in half and whole increments, as pricing is based on those thresholds.</p> <p>&quot;Instead of shelling out for the full 1.00 carat diamond, try to find something around 0.95 carat,&quot; advises Shah. &quot;Manufacturers do everything they can to cut to critical weights because the pricing is tiered on those values. If a diamond is cut to less, the value is lost and therefore price can be significantly less.&quot;</p> <p>Novella agrees, calling this &quot;the best tip of all.&quot;</p> <p>&quot;Diamond prices increase exponentially for each carat,&quot; she says. &quot;So if you want one carat, buy a .97. If you want 2, buy 1.95. It's essentially the same thing but much cheaper.&quot;</p> <h2>2. Buy Diamonds Online</h2> <p>We buy everything else online these days, so it only makes sense that you can find great deals on diamonds at Internet retailers.</p> <p>&quot;Buy diamonds online, even if you want to browse in store,&quot; suggests Anubh. &quot;Prices are significantly less and selection is far larger. You can see upwards of 20% price differences between online and in-store prices. Online jewelers are extremely price competitive and so the markups are actually very low. Jewelers make their margins on the setting, so buying the diamond loose then having it set in a ring locally is also a great idea.&quot;</p> <p>There's another important tip that you don't want to overlook, and it can save you hundreds of dollars.</p> <p>&quot;Also, buy one from a jeweler that's out of state so you save on taxes,&quot; Anubh adds, &quot;which can be an 8%+ difference.&quot;</p> <h2>3. Plan Your Purchase for the Summer</h2> <p>June through August is unofficially known as wedding season, so you probably assume that's the worst time to buy an engagement ring. The exact opposite is true, in fact, because while the actual weddings are taking places during the warmer months, most engagements are established throughout the rest of the year.</p> <p>&quot;Summers are a good time to buy &mdash; summers are slow for most jewelers and wholesalers so they'll be more price flexible to try and push inventory,&quot; says Anubh. &quot;Pricing is volatile around Christmas and can either go drastically up or down. Avoid the volatility and buy during the summer days. Plus it's wedding season so people aren't generally buying as many engagement rings at that time.&quot;</p> <h2>4. Opt for a Non-Traditional Shape</h2> <p>Would your lady prefer a round diamond? Unfortunately for you, she's in the majority, which drives the price up due to demand. To save some coin &mdash; if it won't leave you single, of course &mdash; look into more non-traditional shapes.</p> <p>&quot;Fancy shapes (shapes other than traditional round) are significantly less expensive and more trendy &mdash; why?&quot; asks Anubh. &quot;Because round is the most popular shape so it's most in demand &mdash; simple economics. Also, a diamond cutter's job is to preserve the maximum amount of weight. Rounds lose much more carat weight than other shapes, so they carry a premium.&quot;</p> <h2>5. Consider Alternative Stones</h2> <p>They say that diamonds are a girl's best friend. But isn't it interesting how there's no famous idiom that equates diamonds to a dude's worst enemy? If you're feeling the pinch on the prospect of buying a diamond, perhaps you can consider alternative stones, like precious gems or even a manmade, eco-friendly diamond-esque stone. (Tough sell, I know, but it's worth a shot.)</p> <p>&quot;Non-conventional brides might want to consider alternative stones to diamonds, or use a diamond setting but another stone for the center stone,&quot; Novella suggest. &quot;Asian cultures highly value imperial green jadeite, for example. It's more rare than diamonds but still more affordable.&quot;</p> <p>(P.S. If your bride is non-conventional, consider yourself an even luckier man.)</p> <h2>6. Go for the Gold</h2> <p>Yellow gold went out of fashion for a while over the past couple decades, but its back with a vengeance now that it has an enviable price tag. And Novella wants you to hone in on it for investment's sake.</p> <p>&quot;Gold provides the best value. Prices have steadily risen over the years so it's a good investment metal, but more affordable than platinum,&quot; she explains.</p> <h2>7. Look for 14k Instead of 18k Gold</h2> <p>While you're concentrating your efforts on gold, you should also know that there's a better value between one karat weight and another. It may seem like 18k gold is the best buy given the higher number, but that's not the case.</p> <p>&quot;Generally, you can consider 18k like a brand name; it's purer than 14k, but adds little to no extra raw value,&quot; says Anubh. &quot;The longevity of 14k is high, and simple 'servicing' (yes, like with a car) can keep it looking brand new. Just polishing out scratches or rhodium plating restores shine as if it were new. Do this once year &mdash; it should only cost about $10 to $20.&quot;</p> <h2>8. Steer Clear of the Brand Name Rings</h2> <p>I didn't have to buy an engagement ring because I married a dude (we're simple like that), so I had no idea that there were brand-name rings. Now that you are enlightened, you should stay far away too.</p> <p>&quot;Avoid brand name rings and branded designs,&quot; Anubh warns. &quot;Any ring can be custom made and any design created as close to the original as possible. There are huge savings when custom making a branded design so I definitely recommend that route if you like something branded outside your budget.&quot;</p> <h2>9. Look for Diamonds in the H/I Color and S1 Clarity Range</h2> <p>Now we're getting into the nitty-gritty of engagement ring buying with a quick lesson on diamond color and clarity.</p> <p><a href="http://www.jewelry-secrets.com/Diamonds/Is-H-I-Color-A-Good-Diamond-Color/H-I-Color-Diamonds-Good-Or-Bad.html">H/I color</a> is an &quot;average color, middle of the road, greatly abundant, and consistent color in nature,&quot; according to Jewelry Secrets. In laymen's terms, the color is a little bit off (a bit of yellow in the mix), but hardly noticeable. The SI clarity range on the other hand includes three levels &mdash; SI1, SI2, and SI3 &mdash; which equate to flawless to the naked eye, flawed to the naked eye, and &quot;This is probably a diamond, but it's definitely not the best one,&quot; respectively.</p> <p>If you want to spend less, this is where you can make some concessions, says Anubh.</p> <p>&quot;Diamonds in the H/I color and SI clarity range offer the best value,&quot; he explains. &quot;The imperfections are rarely visible to the naked, untrained eye and the color is hardly distracting. Round diamonds mask color much better than fancy shapes.&quot;</p> <p>This is another slippery slope, gentlemen, so proceed with caution.</p> <h2>10. Seek Out GIA-Certified Rings</h2> <p>Did you know that there's, like, a governing body on diamonds? There are a few, actually. But the Gemological Institute of America is the only one you need to know.</p> <p>&quot;Only buy GIA-certified diamonds, if you're truly looking for value for money,&quot; Anubh advises. &quot;GIA is the most consistent grading lab and has the highest grading standards. Other labs are inconsistent and carry noticeable discounts for a reason. Don't be fooled!&quot;</p> <h2>11. Put Away the Plastic and Pay Cash</h2> <p>Given the high cost of engagement rings, your plan probably is to pay for it with credit. That's not the best idea for two reasons &mdash; you can easily rack up interest charges if you let the balance drag on, and you may be missing out on savings. A better bet is to hoard cash until you can afford it outright. You'll sleep better at night knowing that you don't have another huge bill looming over your head, it'll give you enough time to make sure this is definitely the right relationship for you, and you'll keep more money in the bank because of a potential kickback.</p> <p>&quot;Buy your engagement ring via bank wire or check from a wholesaler,&quot; Anubh recommends. &quot;There's almost always a discount because no credit card processing fees are involved.&quot;</p> <p>While we're on the subject of diamond wholesalers, Novella thinks you should seriously consider this route over a local jewelry store.</p> <p>&quot;Buy the diamond wholesale or through a broker, and then have it set with the jeweler,&quot; she says. &quot;You'll save on the markup for the center stone, which is the main part of the cost.&quot;</p> <h2>12. Stick to Your Intended Budget</h2> <p>It's really easy to go over budget when you're blinded by love &mdash; but you need to keep it together, man. Set a max amount that you'll spend and make it your goal to find the perfect ring by coming in <em>under</em> that threshold.</p> <p>&quot;Unless you're blowing out your budget, the odds of getting something significantly better for a small increase in budget are low,&quot; Anubh imparts. &quot;It'll make you feel bad in the long run. Stick to a number and stay under. Everyone is happy when they find an extra dollar in their jeans pocket.&quot;</p> <p><em>Did you save a bundle on an engagement ring or other piece of jewelry? How'd you do it?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-money-saving-tricks-to-know-before-buying-an-engagement-ring">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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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> <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-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/12-money-saving-tricks-to-know-before-buying-an-engagement-ring">12 Money-Saving Tricks to Know Before Buying an Engagement Ring</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-unexpected-costs-that-could-ruin-your-wedding-budget">7 Unexpected Costs That Could Ruin Your Wedding 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/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/15-free-ways-to-spend-your-summer">15 Free Ways to Spend Your Summer</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-cheap-fun-things-to-do-this-weekend">47 Cheap, Fun Things to Do This Weekend</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> 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://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.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> <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. 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/12-money-saving-tricks-to-know-before-buying-an-engagement-ring">12 Money-Saving Tricks to Know Before Buying an Engagement Ring</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/what-to-put-on-and-leave-off-your-wedding-registry">What to Put On (and Leave Off) Your Wedding Registry</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/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></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/gifts-for-grads">Gifts For Grads</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping gift registry wedding wedding registry Thu, 25 Sep 2014 09:00:07 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1220281 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Negotiate Discounts and Freebies For Your Dream Wedding http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-negotiate-discounts-and-freebies-for-your-dream-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-negotiate-discounts-and-freebies-for-your-dream-wedding" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/wedding-200445150-001-small.jpg" alt="wedding" title="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 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> <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-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/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/20-freebies-for-college-students">20+ Freebies for College Students</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/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-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><br/></br> 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://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.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> <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-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/10-financial-lessons-we-learn-from-our-grandparents">10 Financial Lessons We Learn From Our Grandparents</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/the-10-things-i-won%E2%80%99t-give-up-just-to-save-money">The 10 Things I Won’t Give Up Just To Save 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/6-sibling-discounts-that-can-save-you-big">6 Sibling Discounts That Can Save You Big</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/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> <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-have-a-great-wedding-if-you-havent-saved-enough">How to Have a Great Wedding if You Haven&#039;t Saved Enough</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> 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://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.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> <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-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/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/51-uses-for-coca-cola-the-ultimate-list">51 Uses for Coca-Cola – the Ultimate List</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/12-cheap-ways-to-make-your-car-look-awesome">12 Cheap Ways to Make Your Car Look Awesome</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/21-disposable-products-you-can-reuse">21 Disposable Products You Can Reuse</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/pesky-pests-easy-homemade-mosquito-and-insect-traps-and-repellent">Pesky Pests: Easy Homemade Mosquito and Insect Traps and Repellent</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> 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://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.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> <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-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/12-money-saving-tricks-to-know-before-buying-an-engagement-ring">12 Money-Saving Tricks to Know Before Buying an Engagement Ring</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-unexpected-costs-that-could-ruin-your-wedding-budget">7 Unexpected Costs That Could Ruin Your Wedding 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/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-4 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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-delaying-marriage-or-kids-saves-you-money">Here&#039;s How Delaying Marriage or Kids Saves You Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> 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://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.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://lover.ly/planning/wedding-planning/save-money-as-a-wedding-guest/10959/">10 Ways to Not Go Broke as a Wedding Guest</a> &mdash; Are you attending a wedding as a guest? Save on expenses by splitting costs with someone else. [Loverly]</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> <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-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/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/5-pet-costs-you-dont-see-coming">5 Pet Costs You Don&#039;t See Coming</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/51-uses-for-coca-cola-the-ultimate-list">51 Uses for Coca-Cola – the Ultimate List</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/12-cheap-ways-to-make-your-car-look-awesome">12 Cheap Ways to Make Your Car Look Awesome</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/21-disposable-products-you-can-reuse">21 Disposable Products You Can Reuse</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> 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://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.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://modernfarmer.com/2014/08/farmers-market-shopping-strategies/">7 Ways to Shop Smarter at the Farmers Market</a> &mdash; When shopping at local farmers' markets, remember to go early and to try out produce outside of your comfort zone. [Modern Farmer]</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> <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-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-money-saving-tricks-to-know-before-buying-an-engagement-ring">12 Money-Saving Tricks to Know Before Buying an Engagement Ring</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/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-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-unexpected-costs-that-could-ruin-your-wedding-budget">7 Unexpected Costs That Could Ruin Your Wedding Budget</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/wedding-dresses-for-under-200">Wedding Dresses for Under $200</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> 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://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.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> <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-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/51-uses-for-coca-cola-the-ultimate-list">51 Uses for Coca-Cola – the Ultimate List</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/12-cheap-ways-to-make-your-car-look-awesome">12 Cheap Ways to Make Your Car Look Awesome</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/21-disposable-products-you-can-reuse">21 Disposable Products You Can Reuse</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/pesky-pests-easy-homemade-mosquito-and-insect-traps-and-repellent">Pesky Pests: Easy Homemade Mosquito and Insect Traps and Repellent</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-6-least-expensive-dog-breeds-to-own">The 6 Least Expensive Dog Breeds to Own</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> 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://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.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.naturallivingideas.com/17-personal-care-products-you-will-never-have-to-buy-again/">17 Personal Care Products You Will Never Have To Buy Again</a> &mdash; Make yourself a coconut-oil deep conditioner that's better for your hair and for your wallet. [Natural Living Ideas]</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> <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-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/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/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/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> <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/diy-baby-care-for-your-cheap-bum">DIY Baby Care for Your Cheap Bum</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/do-not-buy-something-just-because-you-can-afford-it">Do not buy something just because you can afford it</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> 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://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.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://kerlynb.hubpages.com/hub/10-Ways-to-Save-Money-on-Wedding-Makeup-Blushing-Bride-on-a-Budget">10 Ways to Save Money on Wedding Makeup &mdash; Blushing Bride on a Budget</a> &mdash; Save money on your wedding makeup by using home beauty products. [HubPages]</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> <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-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/7-beauty-mistakes-that-may-be-ruining-your-skin">7 Beauty Mistakes That May Be Ruining Your Skin</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/12-makeup-hacks-from-the-pros">12 Makeup Hacks From the Pros</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/15-great-brand-name-beauty-buys-under-10">15 Great Brand Name Beauty Buys Under $10</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/6-old-school-beauty-products-we-want-back">6 Old School Beauty Products We Want Back</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/7-generic-beauty-buys-better-than-the-expensive-originals">7 Generic Beauty Buys Better Than the Expensive Originals</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> 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://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.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> <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-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/12-money-saving-tricks-to-know-before-buying-an-engagement-ring">12 Money-Saving Tricks to Know Before Buying an Engagement Ring</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/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-4 views-row-even"> <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-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><br/></br> 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://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.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> <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-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/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/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-3 views-row-odd"> <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> <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/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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/my-disgusting-fake-game-show-asks-what-would-you-do-for-money">My disgusting fake game show asks &quot;What would you do for money?&quot;</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> 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