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Hello, and Happy New Year! I absolutely love the fresh start of a new calendar year… especially because we tend to see lots of new readers here around these parts after all the romantic holiday engagements! 🥂 So if you're new to The Budget Savvy Bride, let me be the first to say WELCOME and CONGRATULATIONS! Here at BSB, we're all about finding efficient and effective ways to save you money on your wedding, but another thing we love is teaching how to save for your wedding day! Between monthly bills, student loan payments, savings goals and of course, entertainment, it can be difficult to figure out how to save the money needed to pay for their wedding.
How much should you save? How much can you afford to spend? What's the best way to pay for our wedding expenses? Is there a special account we should use to house our wedding funds? All these questions and more are addressed in my upcoming book: The Budget-Savvy Wedding Planner & Organizer! It's out on February 6th, but available NOW for pre-orders! I couldn't be more excited to share this amazing book and labor of love with savvy couples everywhere!
The book is jam-packed full of wedding planning checklists, worksheets, and other essential tools to help you plan the perfect wedding on a small budget. I've filled this planner with all of my best tips and tricks for pulling off a fabulous day for less from the last decade of running this blog. This book is a budget-savvy bride's BFF! You can pre-order your copy here. I'm sharing a sneak peek exclusively for BSB readers … take a look at the Table of Contents… it's literally everything you need to know to put together an amazing DIY or budget-friendly wedding!
Oh, and did I mention that there are some snazzy pre-order BONUSES? These special freebies are available to anyone who purchases the book ahead of the release date of February 6th. Pre-order bonuses include a full bonus chapter all about how to DIY your wedding flowers, featuring advice from our friends at Blooms by the Box! Plus, you'll also get a super-exclusive coupon book with discounts from some of my favorite wedding partners that you won't see anywhere else! All you have to do is pre-order a copy of the book– we'll be sharing details on how to get them very soon!
Okay… enough book excitement. Back to budgeting for your wedding! If there's one thing I'm SUPER passionate about, it's helping couples figure out how to plan a wedding they are happy with on a budget they can actually afford. I'm a BIG advocate for having a #debtfreewedding. I believe that starting your marriage out in debt for your big day is a BAD idea. One of the best ways to plan your wedding without taking on debt is to be intentional about saving. My basic advice for saving money for your wedding day is to automate the process as much as possible and choose a system that works in your favor. That's why I love this awesome online savings tool, Rize!
With Rize, you can set up multiple goals to save up for, select a saving date, and Rize will transfer money from your bank to your specified goals in your Rize account. It seriously couldn't be simpler. Rize has a record high yields, earning you 1.16% interest, so your money is put to work for you at 19X the national average bank interest rate. Rize offers their service at a pay-what-you-like-price, with most users paying between $2-3 per month. Transfers back to your bank are totally free when you're ready to pull out funds and pay for your goals, so it's a total budget-savvy WIN!
All month long, Rize is hosting an amazing #FundMyGoal Campaign that you should definitely consider taking part in. All you have to do is sign up for a Rize account, then participate in earning entries via social media. Tweet, Instagram or Facebook what goal you're saving for in 2018, add #FundMyGoal, and tag @Rize (for FB and Instagram) or @rizesaving (for Twitter) in your post for a chance to win $1000 towards your goal. At the end of January, five of the best goals will be chosen and displayed on the Rize website for votes from the public. The winner will get $1,000 in their Rize account to go towards their goal! (Winner must have a Rize account to be eligible.)
Register, connect your bank and create a savings goal for your big day (or something else!)
You'll get a $5 bonus just for completing this step, so EVERYBODY WINS!! 😉
Post on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram about your goal with the #FundMyGoal hashtag for a chance to win $1000!
So what are you waiting for? Sign up today to receive a $5 bonus to get you started on your way towards your savings goals, and get yourself entered for your chance to win this giveaway!