(Closed) What are you NOT splurging on in everyday life bc of your wedding?

posted 9 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I am a shoe-a-holic, as well as, a book-a-holic. I have not bought any unless it is a steal because I rather spend the money on the wedding. I have to tell you though that it is VERY hard.

Last night I started emptying out my closet of clothes that I either don’t fit in or haven’t worn in a long time… So guess what that means? SHOPPING TIME!!! At least the wedding is a little over a month away. I think I can hang for a bit.

Post # 4
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303 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Books! I loves me some books. My library card has gotten significantly more use since wedding budgeting began!

Post # 5
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1205 posts
Bumble bee

We are really trying not to eat out as much – and i too am battling my love of shopping for the love of my beautiful day.

It’s hard, but I feel good about it.  I feel good to watch that savings grow and to see that I can make it.  I’ve always been a thrifty shopper, but planning a wedding has put that in high gear.  I find myself watching sales more.  I am planning a HUGE purge of kids stuffin my house this week – they are growing super fast right now and they have way too many clothes.  Luckily i found a resale store that will pay cash for their clothes.

The only big thing that’son hold for me is a new vehicle.  I’m sure it’ll be about two years before i can do that.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Books here too! I love to read and I love to have piles and piles of books but since I’ve been planning a wedding and unemployed, I’ve stopped buying books and started going to the library. The only thing that sucks is that we live in a small town/rural area and our library doesn’t have a great selection. But I’m dealing with it.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m pretty much the same as everyone else.  DEFINITELY shoes, clothes, and purses — hurts so much.  Books too, I love to read and I used to just go to the bookstore on a whim and browse for good books.  Now, I usually only go if there’s a book I already know I want.  I just have to keep reminding myself it’s worth it!

Post # 8
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Newbee

I am obsessed with COACH!! I don’t buy much of Coach but I sure do drool over their purses. I really want one…and sadly am not going to get one until after the wedding hahah!

Post # 9
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1045 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2008

No more books at the bookstore– now, when I find a title I want, I go to Amazon.com and buy it in the used section.  Usually only a penny, plus shipping, so works out pretty cheaply.  Then I sell it back when I’m done, so in all usually only costs me a dollar or so per book.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

FI and I really took a hard look at our budgets when we got engaged. He’s paying for grad school out of pocket and I’m staring down student loans that come out of school deferment around Christmas time (Happy Holidays, right?).

Our biggest reductions have been:
Eating out (we LOOOOOVE food and love trying new restaurants. We eat out once or twice a week now — if it’s twice, it’s usually at places where we can each eat for under $7 bucks or so)
Books (like the y’all, I’ve become a library whore basically)

Man, come next March when I’m packing for the honeymoon I think I’m filling it with brand new books and since we’re going to an all-inclusive, I plan on eating like a champ. I have some time to make up for!!

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Clothes in general. I bought, I believe, one nice designer item (a JCrew purse for like $250) throughout the course of my wedding planning. Everything else was a necessity (as in a few basic inexpensive items so i had a proper work wardrobe or my running shoes got holes, etc).

I’m so happy I can go shopping again! Amazon.com is always cheap! 

I didn’t skimp on my food, though. I know healthier food is more expensive than things like pizza and corn dogs from the freezer section, but I made myself make sure I didn’t waste any, either! In the month before the wedding, I bought a lot of prepackaged organic, low processed foods and my grocery bills skyrocketed, but i had no time to cook and wasn’t going to compromise for bad food

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

ejs-My fiance aren’t scrimping on food either. We eat a lot of fresh fruit and veggies. We hardly ever eat fast food and the only frozen food we buy are the steamers veggies and tater tots (fiance loves them). Besides, eating healthy is cheaper in the long run.

Post # 13
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3332 posts
Sugar bee

One of the things we did before the wedding was eating at home more often.  My husband used to buy lunch everyday, but he started bringing his own lunch from home instead.  This not only helped us save money, but it was actually better for him as well.  I stopped getting my Starbucks everyday and cut back to once a week.  Those lattes can really add up!

Post # 14
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444 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I’m right there with you! I’ve put some beautiful items (even on sale!) back on the rack thinking – I can invite one more person to the wedding!

The most painful part is walking by the ‘come hither’ shoes….and Starbucks!  

We are also trying to scale back eating out in nice places, which is also hard since most of our friends don’t think twice about splurging on food and drinks at [very] nice restaurants…

sigh…

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

We’re making an effort to eat out less (we tend to eat out about 3-5 times per week) and I’m making an effort to keep things at work that I can have for lunch instead of buying lunch.  This is probably the biggie!

But I also work in a majorly tempting shopping area in Dublin and have to walk by all kinds of shops just to get to and from work.  I’ve been pretty good since getting engaged but it’s a struggle sometimes to stay mindful about how much a little here and ‘oh it’s on sale!’ really adds up.  Like carrie38707 said – those purchases can mean adding or subtracting a guest!

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’ve cut out almost all of my "slush" fund to save for the wedding… cutting back on books (only one every two weeks! and I read FAST!), trying not to eat out as much, excessive clothes shopping… I find that I often will ask myself, "Do I really need this or could I save the money?"  and often the answer is… save the money!

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