(Closed) What little things are you doing to save for your wedding?

posted 6 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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357 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I am just trying harder to stick to our budget for misc spending,we are eating out less and going out less. We also wont be going to Vegas this year (we usually go twice a year), instead we are planning one  small trip over the summer, a cabin rental that won’t cost much. 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We set a budget and sticking with it. I feel people lose track of the BUDGET because they want what they want. I have bought so much stuff on eBay, I go to Michael’s every weekend and buying items week by week to help with our budget. Also, I have been living on Wedding Bee to find templates and DIY tips to save on our big day. Also, we have been paying the venue on a monthly basis (like rent, lol). They are pretty good with working with us. We also have been cutting back on eating out and hanging out. In the end, it will all be worth it so I am not even mad to make these changes to our budget.

Post # 6
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363 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We had a bride piggy bank that played the bridal march everytime we put coins in. We put away our coins for our engagement and saved a lot which took some stress away! We also lived off DH’s wage and everything I earned from getting two jobs (I was just doing university and not working until I finished 6 months before the wedding) went towards our wedding and honeymoon. We could keep track of everything then and knew how much we had to work with.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

@sherryberry: That’s a really good idea, I never knew you could do that!

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We got rid of cable.  Saved us $80/month and we just watched Netflix instant and stuff on the computer.  We were going to grad school at the time so we didn’t have a ton of time to watch TV anyway. 

I also stopped coloring my hair, which saved a good amount of money.

Post # 10
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171 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

cut out eating out. That saves you so much. Also, budget your everyday life if you have not already done so. Lastly, looks for deals for the wedding stuff. eBay is a huge help! I scored my dress for $75 NWT on there! And look for good deals. I found that it was cheaper to buy wine glasses then renting (surprise!) with delivery from the rentals. I scored great deals on Black Friday and got all the wine glasses for cheaper then renting. Also, same with lighting. Black Friday deals were key and I got alot of stuff 50% off. Just keep an eye out for sales and plan ahead with what you need to buy. Stay organized and don’t make impulse purchases. We are doing our wedding on a 5k budget. And we are doing great with it so far! Lots of DIY is key too! Good-luck!

Post # 11
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363 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@sherryberry:

At times it was tough – more for me than him as I like being independent and not using my money, but using his, even though he’s all about it being ‘our’ money, was hard for me. But it was worth it, when it came to paying for everything we knew how much was there and didn’t have to think about how much we needed for rent, bills etc before paying. It also just meant we didn’t splurge on things like going out for dinner or movies as much to make sure there was enough.
Once we buy a house we’ll being doing the same thing because it worked well for us – one wage for living on and one wage for paying off our house and possibly other bills that come up.

Post # 12
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2759 posts
Sugar bee

We’re not going out to eat/ordering out more than once a month. I am ditching alcohol and caffeine, which cuts down on my spending for those. We don’t have cable and I am ditching my netflix subscription for Hulu. Mostly, it’s just little things. I spend WAY too much money on little things, and without that I can save a ton every month. I’m trying to get a few loose ends tied up before I start really saving, but my plan is to have that all taken care of by March so I have a solid 17 months of saving ahead. Our goal is to save $10,000 for the wedding and stick to spending JUST that.

Post # 14
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893 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Doing my own manicures, finding a more affordable hair stylist, and bringing my own lunch to work.

I also have a bank account that automatically deposits $1 for every debit card purchase to a savings account.

 

Post # 15
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310 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We dont eat out much or go out much at all..maybe once every 2 months or so. Ive decided to DIY a lot of the wedding projects. Save the dates, invites, programs, menus, etc. Just by doing a lot of research for things and cutting out small things saves a bunch.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Here’s a good getting in shape/ saving money thing that I thought of:

I’m a runner, so for every mile I do, I give myself a dollar. I also hate weight training, but I know it’s essentail. So everytime I lift weights for over 15 mins, I give myself $3. You can mix and match it to your fitness/workout needs. Like, everytime you go to the gym, give yourself a dollar. Or if you hate swimming, but want to learn, give yourself a dollar for every 2 laps you swim.

The money adds up fast! I did this last year to save up for vacation (had about 6 months of savings). I ended up raising about a grand!

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