Post # 1
I’m just curious to see the different (maybe creative) ways that you guys are saving for a wedding and/or honeymoon!
For example, Fiance and I save a portion of every paycheck when we do our online banking for the wedding. To save for the honeymoon, we have change jars! It may sound silly but our little jar already has about $200 in it (sometimes if I find a dollar here or there I hide it in with coins! Thats cheating, but oh well! Also we save up beer cans/ wine cooler bottles (our vices) and when we take them back the 10c deposit from each item goes into the wedding fund!
Anyother ways to save here and there?
Post # 3
@Kelshock: Those sound like great ways to save!
Post # 4
This isn’t how we’re specifically saving for the wedding, but I love to save in general and have some tips! I’ll try to make these the “bring in more money” variety like you mentioned rather than the cutting back kind (but I have a BOATLOAD of those).
– Focus groups: If you live anywhere near a major city, there probably are focus groups available. You get paid in cash and they are fun to do. Just google focus group and your city name and see what comes up. Sign up for their databases and they’ll email or call you when you might be eligible. When I was doing these regularly, I was often making $150+ a month cash!
– Check your insurance coverage: If you can get better rates elsewhere, not only will you save next time your bill comes due, you’ll also get a refund for any outstanding paid amount from your current company.
– Online surveys: A lot of legit online survey companies will pay you in Amazon gift cards. Use those to buy basics you needed anyway and put an equal amount into your savings account.
– Round up: Some banks offer accounts where you “round up” every transaction on your debit card and that goes into a savings account. It’s basically the electronic equivalent of saving your change.
– Check with wedding vendors who might need services you can provide: I worked out trades with a bunch of my wedding vendors doing marketing for them, but there are all sorts of services these small businesses need. I got a $600 check in the mail yesterday FROM A VENDOR for work I did for them!!! Whoa! And I have a normal day job, I don’t have my own business. I just thought about what I know how to do that they might need.
– Websites like ebates or bigcrumbs: If you’re shopping online anyway, it’s worth it to see if you can get cash back by going through one of those types of sites.
– Sell stuff!!! Fiance and I have a closet full of stuff we are putting in a garage sale in the spring, but sooner than that, you may have stuff that is just sitting around that you can sell on Craigslist or Ebay. Not only do you get the money, but you clear out space in your house too. Fiance has some old textbooks (7+ years old) from college and listed them on Half.com and was shocked at how much he was still able to get for them.
Post # 5
@NAvery: Those are great ideas, thanks! We’re both currently in college but I have shelves full of old books that I haven’t gotten around to selling yet! I’ll do that, and look up some of your other ideas too. Great ideas!
Anyone else have tips or tricks?
Post # 6
Also, just thought that we’ll probably put tax refunds in the wedding savings! (we only work part time, while going to school full time, so they won’t be that big anyway.
Post # 7
We have a miles credit card…that saved us 700$ toward flights 🙂
We also try to use coupons when we remember.
Post # 8
@icetea: thanks! I’m all about coupons too 🙂
Post # 9
Very cool ways to save. Ours is pretty boring, but we take an amount every 2 weeks when we get paid and put it directly into our wedding savings account. We also each put in a litle bit for our tax returns (last year and this year). I’m an accountant so took what we needed to save, divided by the # of monhts, took out Christmas and 1 or 2 during the summer where we didnt have to put away anything, and thats what we save.
Post # 10
@VermontBride13: I really like that structured Idea, I think I’m going to work on a plan like that and start saving a fixed amount every payday!
Great advice everyone!
Post # 11
I am going to comment to come back to later for sure! These are great ideas so far!
I am going to try to think of some things to add. Sofar we have thought about looking for house things at garage sales/ black friday sales/ boxing days sales/ etc.
Post # 12
- Wedding: September 2014 - Manhattan Church Rec Center
My Godmother gave us an empty gallon water jug that we are using to save. Whenever we walk ito the house we empty our change and always try to drop at least one big bill a week. We haven’t kicked our saving into high gear yet (probably in March) but this is it when we first got it.
Mad old school, right?
Post # 13
@Sapphire-Dreamer: Love the jug!!! I love the idea of adding bills too! We use an electric change counter, but I have hidden bills all the way through the change, and I just cover it up after haha! My parents had that jug in their room when I was growing up and it was always full of coins and stuff, we’d trade it in every few years and buy our easter dresses, or it would go towards a trip!
We’re not getting married until next may, so we’re not really kicking it into gear yet, but it feels good to get started!
Post # 14
Haha, my parents had a jug like that in their closet when I was growing up. It probably worked a lot better befoe my brother and I found it.
Post # 15
I put 20% of each paycheck into a separate fund for our honeymoon. We’re not paying for the wedding
Post # 16
- Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY
We are putting most of our tax refund into the “honey pot”.
I have $150/month automatically put into savings, and we’re using a pretty big chunk of that for the wedding as well.