Once the wedding planning begins, it’s all too easy to watch tens, hundreds and even thousands of dollars fly out the window, into vendor’s pockets and out of yours. Even the most budget-savvy brides will agree, you can never have too much cash when it comes to wedding spending. With these four every day savings tips you can pad your wallets and add to your wedding budget without feeling the pain. We promise!
Cook at Home
We know all too well that wedding planning can be super stressful and take up much of your free time — including time in the kitchen. Unfortunately, all those “I’m so busy/tired/stressed and can’t cook” types of nights seriously add up, and fast. By meal planning, prepping and strictly budgeting for your groceries, you’ll not only be more in charge of your weekly and monthly grocery budgets, but also of your nutritional intake too. To make it a bit easier and fun, try turning cooking into a couple’s activity. Light some candles, open a (affordable) bottle of wine and make date nights at home something you look forward to, all the while saving big bucks.
While we don’t recommend you give yourself a full head of highlights or at-home balayage, some beauty treatments can be (semi-easily) done at home and will save you some serious cash. Manicures, body scrubs, face/hair masks, waxing and more are all available at your local drug store, as long as you feel comfortable taking the tasks on. By doing so, you’ll save on costs as well as service fees or gratuities, and maybe even reveal skills you didn’t know you had! As long as you’re not trying anything permanent or painful, you don’t have much to loose. By saving the professional pampering for your big day, it will be even more special, too.
Reevaluate Monthly Expenses
When you add it up at the end of the month, gym memberships, house cleaning services, cable, Internet and energy costs amount to some serious cash. Take a close look at each bill and see if there is anything you can cut down on — or even eliminate altogether. If you don’t watch that much television, consider the trend of becoming a “cord cutter” and using a single, affordable service like Netflix or Hulu instead. If you’re not going to the gym regularly, the only thing you’re losing is cash — so opt for at-home workouts or outdoor cardio, which is free. You should also try calling your credit card companies, cable company and other service providers to inquire about renegotiating rates. A simple call here and tweak there can amount to a lot of savings at the end of the month.
Instead of saving what you don’t spend, spend only what you don’t save. By setting attainable savings goals and automating them you’ll be left with pre-planned discretionary income — and nothing more. Whether you aim to save $100 or $1,000 a month for wedding purposes, set up an account that will directly deposit the funds, leaving only a predetermined amount left for spending. This ensures you’ll be saving consistently, and eliminates any temptation to go over budget.