Post # 17
@brianalaura – UGH. I am convinced that’s an Ontario thing. More specifically a Toronto-area thing. I am originally from halifax and never heard of these things until i lived in st. catharines. i’m not a fan!! (people in ottawa don’t seem to do this…)
Post # 18
I assume you’re already being close with the budget, so I won’t waste your time telling you all the places you could SAVE money!
A few ideas I gave this girl http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/wedding-1025-short-funds-due-to-injury-and-surgery-idwas-to-raise-quick-cash are…
-host a ‘game night’ with inexpensive prizes (board games, card games, bingo, whatever) and charge a door prize. Explain to your friends that the proceeds go towards your wedding, and make fun invitations to print on your home printer
-ask your BMs or friends to help you host a traveling bake sale; sell the baked goods at offices or businesses where you know folks working. Again, explain that the proceeds go towards your wedding
-check with the local religious community, if any of them might be able to help you, especially if you’re a member of a local church.
she’s also doing a car wash.
Post # 19
And a few ideas for alternative ‘jobs’ from this http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/literally-in-tears thread:
-hit up local colleges and ask about the international student center – you could make money tutoring ESL (English as a Second Language) students (one-on-one, good if you don’t like big social situations like me), most of whom have to have proficiency in English before they can even start taking their classes, let alone graduate.
-advertise as a personal assistant; picking up drying cleaning, running errands, doing light housework for home bound elderly folks; you could ask at a local hospital if there’s somewhere you could post a notice for the homebound (the hospital is one place they’re sure to get on occassion) and then taxi people to their doctors’ appts, etc.
-offer wedding day coordination to other local brides, at a fraction of the cost a trained wedding coordinator would; it’ll give you wedding ideas too! (think of it as research) this one would probably only work if you’re pretty organized mentally 🙂
Post # 20
Have a yard sale – if it’s warm that day, sell water and soda from a huge bucket of ice for $1 – you will totally cover the cost of the drinks and make money! If you advertise on craig’s list, you will get more people – I did one last weekend and only posted signs, no add and I made $150 (didn’t do the sodas) for a few hours of work. You can also sell snaks and baked goods – those sell really well!
Can you offer to do odd jobs for people in the community? Help an older neighbor with things around the house? Help a friend paint, clean, or organize? If you let your Fiance know where you are going and what you are doing and check in with someone, you could offer your organizing skills or help with other odds and ends on craig’s list.
Also, yard sales don’t work great for clothing, but how about a local consignment store? Do you have anything that doesn’t fit, you don’t need, you don’t like?
Good luck and let us know what you come up with!
Post # 21
Amazon.com there is a book called Your $7500 dream wedding. I have not read it but I know the author. (his story – his dad was told he had cancer christmas time then they bumped up the wedding when he was getting worse. His dad passed away July – they were married in Sept) I heard the book is really practical. Check it out 🙂
I vote looking for a part-time job.
Post # 22
Do you have any special skills that someone else may be interested in (graphic design, architecture, hairdresser, etc.)? If so, there are websites where you can exchange services with others. I’m afraid I don’t have the site I’m thinking of bookmarked on this computer, but I can get it for you if you’re interested.
The way it works is you search out a photographer for your wedding, let’s say, and offer to exchange your skills for free photography at your wedding. If you do graphic design, as an example, that may entail creating a new logo or look for the photographer’s business cards and website. You hammer out the details together until you’re both satisfied is a fair exchange.
This could be one way to get some of the wedding essentials without paying cash for them.
Post # 23
Tutoring is a good way to make money, advertise your services around the local high school and be sure to list any adademic degrees you have. I would imagine you could charge $10-12 per hour. Even if you only did 4 hours per week for the next 4 months, it would add up.
Post # 24
My sister donated plasma on a somewhat regular basis for some extra cash and that helped her out. It also helps people in need, so its good karma points as well as extra cash! I would say try out a yard sale, or ebay to get rid on unnecessary items around the house. Plus it makes room for your new wedding gifts! hehe… My friend recently started looking into hosting a facial party where somebody comes in and showcases/samples/sells their products and she gets a cut (i think). Maybe that is an option for you too…? Either way in this tough time, its important to stay positive and be creative about new ways to make/save money. Whatever you do be sure you have fun with it! Good luck!
Post # 25
Here’s the website I was thinking of if you or anyone else is interested:
Post # 27
I definiete heard of some people clearing out and selling things to lower debt, I’m sure a garage sale or ebay and craig’s list listings would give you a good start.
Keep your eye out for bargains and keep things simple–a cocktail hour, dessert reception or brunch are all cheaper than an evening meal. I hope it all works out for you! Times are tight right now for a lot of people :-/
Post # 28
There is a website called Flexjobs.com where you might find freelance or pt jobs for extra $. They post jobs like writing articles for blogs and websites (they pay by the article) or jobs that you can do from home. You do have to pay for an annual subscription, but I think you can use a promo code of “HARO” for a discount.