- 3 years ago
- Wedding: August 2014
Every since FI and I got engaged we have been scrimping and saving money. I just calculated how much money I have been able to save, and spend on the wedding alone, and was shocked at how much I have been able to accomplish. Of course I have set my goals higher still but with only a few more months of my higher job left…its crunch time. Here’s how we have been saving, (14 months or so).
-Not going out anymore (we used to go out to the movies or dinner probably once a month or so).
-Not ordering take out food or delivery as much. (probably did this once or twice every few weeks).
-FI started bringing his lunches to work ( I have always been a bring our own lunch person).
-Buckling down, and really not buying anything unless it was necessary (yes, I failed at this a few times but hmm I’m human?)
-We don’t actually grocery shop really?, we just end up going to the store daily, or a few times during the week, this might actualy cost us more but in reality I think it saves us. We don’t keep any junk food or snack food in the house, we find if we do than it’s gone as quickly as it same (hince wasting money).
-We skipped out on holiday/anniversary/birthday gifts with each other and our immediate families. Although it felt weird not being able to show them/each other how much we appreciate them/each other. We we’re able to save a lot this way. In our minds our wedding is our gift to each other. In return we asked them to please forgo gifts for us, of course they are stubborn and didn’t listen.
-Doing a left-over’s dinner night each week, with whatever’s left over. I feel like we are not wasting any left overs anymore, plus the fridge stays nice and clean.
-Making do with what we have….I am a teacher and have a bad habit of buying things out of my own pocket for the kids to use. I always come up with a million and one ideas, I haven’t bought anything out of my pocket for them this year, nor do I intend to. Coming up with creative free ideas, rather than spending money.
-Having to say no to going out with friends, we have been invited out on several occasions by our friends and family members but have had to really crack down and say no. Although it sucks and it definitely makes us feel like crappy friends at times, our friends are awesome and understanding. FI and I aren’t really big on the going out and drinking scene to begin with.
Sometimes it stinks saving money, but in the end I think it will be worth it. To date we have been able to save more than we thought we would, to the point where I am most likely hiring a videographer :-), something I didn’t think we would be able to afford.
So far we have been able to do the following that we didn’t think we would be able to do, Up lighting, photo-booth, our dream photographer, upgraded DJ, personalized invitations, videographer, and transportation from reception to hotel for some guests. Feeling so spoiled. (not all of these are direct results from our savings but also gifts from parents) Oh and we also thought we were only going to be able to do open bar for wedding party and parents only, turns out we can now do open bar for coctail hour for all guests and than open bar for wedding party=Yays!
What other ways can you think of to save?
- This topic was modified 2 years, 6 months ago by MissParrot.