Post # 1
I’m looking for extra ways to earn and save money for our wedding. We are banking quite a bit on our tax returns, but I can’t help but feel a little anxious. One thing I am doing is picking up a few bartending shifts (what I did before nursing) to offset buying Christmas gifts, but I am looking for new ways to make money. Or if you buy/make crafts, what do you find to be the most profitable? Or are you looking for any wedding craft items that you’ve found are hard to find? I really like the birch candle holders/cake stands and want to make some of those to sell, but I love finding new ideas!
Post # 3
- 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 # 4
@beachbride1216: We decided not to go with cable when we bought the house…HUGE savings!
Post # 5
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
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
We’re picking up extra shifts and we had a HUGE garage sale this past summer that earned us about $600.00
Post # 8
I’m budgeting differently. Since there’s no way we’re buying a house next year, I simply chose to put less into house savings, and more toward the wedding.
I took extra contracts in college (research assistant). 1 contract would have paid off my wedding entirely. Unfortunately, we had huge veterinarian fees in October (1.8K) so that went off the wedding budget and on my Visa card to pay it off entirely.
I’m hoping to get 1 or 2 more contracts next semester to get around 4K, plus what I’m already putting aside (200$/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
@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
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 # 11
@Tallulah_: I never think to have one but I totally should! This is a good idea!
Post # 12
@MsGinkgo: I’m just afraid I’ll start crafting the one thing that totally bombs lol I’d love to see your cards!
Post # 13
- 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
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
@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
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.