(Closed) Have you sacrificed shopping/TLC to pay for your wedding?

posted 8 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I tried to do that but i realized it was making me way too unhappy so now I set a limit on how much I can spend… I have become a huge fan of websites such as Groupon, lifebooker and buy with me… that allow me to still pamper myself but at a much more reasonable price! Worse case scenario, I convince myself that the expense IS a wedding expense… aka “I HAVE to get my hair cut/deep conditioned because it is part of my ongoing hair health program!” hehehe

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I have cut back on buying new outfits big time. Each time I feel the impulse to splurge I remind myself of the big day ahead and just dig through my closet for something I already have

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I have cut back and almost all of my shopping is for something related to the wedding.  However, I don’t feel bad about it most of the time.  Maybe once a month or so it bugs me if even. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I guess I am kind of the opposite.  I never get any of that stuff normally, I get my hair cut once a year, bite my nails, have never had an eyebrow wax and only buy new clothes after Christmas and before or after vacation depending on if I win any money in Vegas.  So really, the wedding helped me with some of this.  My husband hated that I bit my nails so I started getting my nails done about 7 months before the wedding and have kept them up, he even insists that I continue to get them done.  I also bought a dress for the rehearsal dinner and I never wear dresses, so that was kind of a step up.  After we returned from our honeymoon, I went out and bought 4 more dresses/outfits that look way more classy than I normally wear.  I also had my hair highlighted before the wedding which I haven’t done since 2006!  lol!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I know what you mean. I refuse to stop getting my hair trimmed (the ends getting really nasty if I don’t), but I stopped getting pedicures, manicures and buying new clothes/shoes/handbags.

The drawback though (but it’s a good thing) is that I am losing weight and toning up, so my clothes are getting too baggy. I have found Old Navy will have some great sales, so that helps me get a little shopping-fix.

Post # 8
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660 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I have definitely cut back on impulse clothing, shoes, make-up etc. shopping. I still keep up eyebrow waxing, hair cut and color, and peddies. I have also cut back on random/impulse shopping for my niece & nephew. 🙂

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I shop wayyy less now that I have a joint bank account.  I have to think about OUR finaces, not just MINE.

Post # 10
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576 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I pretty much didn’t buy anything for a year unless it was for the wedding.  It sucked but we’re not in debt, yay!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Yeah, I used to go shopping almost every weekend! I didn’t always buy something, but now I can’t even tempt myself by window shopping. Now I go shopping about once every two months. And it’s not mall shopping – just like Target, or Marshalls.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Yes!  And it drove me CRAZY!   (Just like Ms. Pura Vida!) I found a balance by 1. Setting limits and 2. Consciously forcing myself to take whatever I spend and stash an equal amount of money toward the wedding fund. Let’s just say that there are days that I do a SuperCuts trim job instead of the usual salon!  BUT…it’ll all be worth it when we see happy family and friends enjoying the wedding!

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’ve cut way back. I hardly ever shop anymore and my pampering has pretty much stopped. Thankfully my mom and I get mani/pedis once a month and she pays for it but that’s the extent of my beautification.

Post # 14
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11246 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Yeah I have to think twice about everything, including wine. Mind due i’m not working properly full-time either, which doesn’t help.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I didn’t shop that much before, but now I shop even less…my last pedicure was in May and last hair treatment /cut was in June…Luckily my hair has stayed pretty healthy although I probably could use a trim on my ends. I will probably wait and use Christmas money to get it cut though.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I never spent much on primping, but we are definitely cutting down on eating out to save money.  We also usually spend at least a night or two in a hotel in a nearby city each month as kind of a mini-vacation, and we haven’t been doing that.

It’s been interesting to see how much we can cut spending without feeling deprived…we’ve learned that we can definitely save more than we thought we could, and after the wedding I think we’ll be able to save enough to pay cash for a car pretty quickly.

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