Money Saving Advice

Making the Most of Bridal Shows

Having gone to two bridal shows, I learned some tips and tricks for making the best of your experience. I would highly recommend going to at least one bridal show if they have one in your area. They are a great opportunity to network with vendors, get ideas, and enter into awesome

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Making Your Money Count

Over the years I’ve witnessed a lot of folks spend every penny of their earnings, some of their parents (or other sponsors), and unfortunately, a good bit of their future as well. It’s a practice far too often adopted by couples planning weddings when faced with coming up with large sums of

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Don’t Forget to Budget For…

As we’re getting closer to the wedding, my fiancé and I have had a few expenses pop up recently that we happened to overlook during budgeting.  In my planning and preparation to cover all budget situations I could think of, I’ve read and spent time searching for ‘hidden wedding costs.’  There are

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The Portfolio Approach to Wedding Flowers

Last year, I judged some high school speeches on alternative energy with a colleague. Essentially, the students gave short speeches on what they thought was the best form of sustainable energy, then the judges shared some of our thoughts. My colleague made a good point: There’s not one form of alternative energy that

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Personalize Your Wedding Cheaper

I’m a big fan of finishing touches and small details.  Candles lit for dinner.  A single flower in a bud vase.  Just the right music on in the background.  Adding sprinkles to an iced cake.  I’m also a firm believer in the easier and more frugal the better.  If it takes too

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“What’s Your Budget?”

As a bride on a budget, I eventually grew to dread the words—“What’s your budget?” Generally speaking, I don’t have a problem talking about my budget.  It’s a harmless question and a good starting point for determining your options, but it’s also a loaded question, particularly when talking to vendors.  There’s a good chance

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I Forgot to Budget Time

The wedding countdown is on.  As I’m getting into the nitty and the gritty of wedding planning, the big details have been taken care of and I’m getting down into finalizing details and making last minute purchases.  Crafting is coming along (more posts on that later 🙂 ) For me, many of

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The Key to Being Budget Savvy

When it comes to being budget-savvy, the one thing I try to stress MOST is that it’s not about being cheap – it’s about being SMART. Just take a look at the definition of the word, in its three usages: sav•vy noun: practical understanding or knowledge of something; intelligence; common sense verb: to

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