(Closed) Saving for the big day/honeymoon

posted 5 years ago in Money
Post # 4
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2295 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

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!!! FI 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. FI 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 # 7
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3093 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We have a miles credit card…that saved us 700$ toward flights 🙂

We also try to use coupons when we remember. 

Post # 9
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425 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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 # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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
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3421 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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 # 14
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294 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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
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3281 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I put 20% of each paycheck into a separate fund for our honeymoon. We’re not paying for the wedding

Post # 16
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4688 posts
Honey bee
  • 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.

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