How are you making/saving extra money for your wedding?

posted 3 years ago in Money
Post # 3
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@orchidblooms:  We cut out cable TV and vacations over the last year for extra savings.  My husband took on additional contract jobs in order for us to save lots of extra money for the wedding.

Post # 5
346 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’m just banking all my money after my expenses are taken out and trying to live mostly off his paycheck. We’re probably saving at least 1K a month.

Post # 6
348 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I ended up getting a second job at Starbucks on nights/weekends after my day job, and banked all of those paychecks to pay for a substantial part of the wedding.  It wasn’t easy working 60-70 hour work weeks, but I got used to it and it was worth it.

Post # 7
274 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We’re picking up extra shifts and we had a HUGE garage sale this past summer that earned us about $600.00

Post # 8
2878 posts
Sugar bee

I’m budgeting differently. Since there’s no way we’re buying a house next year, I simply chose to put less into house savings, and more toward the wedding.

I took extra contracts in college (research assistant). 1 contract would have paid off my wedding entirely. Unfortunately, we had huge veterinarian fees in October (1.8K) so that went off the wedding budget and on my Visa card to pay it off entirely.

I’m hoping to get 1 or 2 more contracts next semester to get around 4K, plus what I’m already putting aside (200$/month, 14 months to go).

We will not have vacations next summer.

And, of course, we’re trying not to buy anything full price. We’re all about discounts, sales and Dollar stores items. 😉

Post # 9
9859 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

@orchidblooms:  I make cards and sell them through a facebook page and at local craft fairs (although this year I’m only doing one).  It can be really difficult.  Some people do great selling crafts other struggle, for me it varies from year to year.

Post # 10
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

We aren’t really making extra money, just spending less than we normally do.

Normally we live quite lavishly – eating out all the time, going out every weekend, buying pretty much anything we want, but we’ve started budgeting for the wedding.

We’re currently homebodies who only go out to eat once in awhile, maybe a movie or two a month, but we’re happy with the progress we’ve made so far!

Post # 13
237 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Latitude 41

@orchidblooms:  The moment we got engaged I vowed to not buy one article of clothing until the wedding.  I’m 11 months in and there are still a few items in my closet with tags on them.  It’s amazing how much we spend on things we don’t need.  I have also stopped opening up my groupon and living social emails.  And when I want to surf the web, I stick to Weddingbee and avoid Amazon.  I’ve been able to put away a lot more money than ever before.

Post # 14
1383 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We’ve been on a strict budget to save money (as PPs said, you spend sooo much money when you don’t think about it!) and we’ve been putting things on Craigslist to make a little extra cash.

FI also is hoping for a lot of overtime this winter (he plows roads) which all would go into savings, so we are hoping for snow snow snow! haha

Post # 15
1372 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

@orchidblooms: We’re saving for a down payment but same difference mostly.

We cut out the extras. And I literally mean all of them. No coffee out, no meals out, no impulse buy.

I can be found in the check out line eying up those impulse buys they strategically place mumbling “this or a house.. This or a house”

We can live on less than $300 a week if we don’t do anything exciting 😛 

Im telling my friend this all the one but the little things add up so fast, it’s really crazy. 

Post # 16
1311 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 1994

We eloped! So that saved us a ton. But probably not the answer you are looking for. I like the garage sale idea. Or if you were in school recently, selling your old textbooks. If you are crafty, sell at a table at a craft fair. We no longer have cable to save some money. We have a long range antenea by RCA, netflix and hulu. That saves is $40 a month atleast right there alone. We also changed our cell phone service to prepaid, which saves us well over $100 a month between the two of us. If you have farmers markets go to those. Try and budget your meals by using ingredients that are similar, and/or inexpensive. You could sell things on craigslist or ebay that you don’t need. Eat out less, cook at home more. My advice has always been to never spend more than one can afford. Don’t feel pressured to, I know it can be easy.

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