5 Ways to Save on your Wedding

Weddings can be expensive. Ridiculously expensive.  This weekend my husband and I are celebrating our first wedding anniversary, so I thought it would be a great time to share some suggestions for how to save money on your big day.

  1. Wedding Dress 5 Ways to Save on your Wedding (2)We all know the biggest choice to make when it comes to a wedding is the dress (well maybe your partner, but the dress is a close second!). My advice is don’t feel you have to wear a proper wedding dress. Instead of a dress, I actually wore a beautiful tutu and lace top on my wedding day. I felt like a Princess, no-one knew I wasn’t wearing a “wedding dress” and it actually cost less than my husbands suit!
  2. Groom’s suit  –  Shop around and buy on sale if you can. My husband wanted to wear a simple black suit so we looked online at all his options (I say we but I really mean me, he only saw my top choices), until he found one he liked. Then we (again mostly me) weighed up renting versus buying. Renting seemed like the more affordable option, until the suit came on sale for 40% off. In the end, we purchased it for about the same price hiring it would have cost, and  my husband now has a black suit for any future formal occasionsHow to save money on your weddinging.
  3. Flowers  – Buy fake and DIY. We actually saved on our wedding flowers in two ways. The first was I bought beautiful fake roses online for mine and my bridesmaids bouquets which saved as quite a bit.  Secondly, we grew and decorated our centre pieces ourselves, well with some help from my Pop. The few days I was left in charge of them I actually almost killed them. But thankfully on the day, we had beautiful pots of white and purple flowers everywhere. Thanks Pop.
  4. Transport  Is it something you need? We had our ceremony and reception at the same venue so transport was something we decided to skip. I had my Dad drive me to the Church in his car which was lovely, as it gave us some time alone before he walked me down the aisle. Then at the end of the day, my husband and I drove away in our car. It seemed fitting really.
  5. ReceptionSaving on your wedding Think outside the box. I knew pretty early on in our wedding planning I didn’t want a traditional sit down dinner for our reception, although my husband did take some convincing. In the end, we decided to have afternoon tea in the Church Hall, which worked out a lot cheaper and was much more our style. Instead of just going with what you think a wedding reception should be, think about what you and your partner would enjoy. Maybe a buffet, or a pig on a spit. Perhaps just simple canapes, or a picnic. The ideas are endless, so choose something that will make you happy.

I know weddings are an exciting time but I think it’s important to keep in mind that it’s just one day. So long as by the end of it you and your partner are married, the day is a success, no matter what else happens.

Are you engaged at the moment and have any more suggestions? Or if you are already married, how did you save money on your big day? I’d love to hear about your plans and weddings in the comments below.

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5 Ways a Spring Clean Can Help You Save Money

A few weeks ago I posted 5 Ways to Save This Spring, but did you know a good Spring Clean can be good for your budget too? Today I am sharing 5 ways a Spring Clean can help you save money. To see my other posts with ways to save click here.

  1. Clean your appliances – I mentioned in my spring ways to save post, now is the time to clean and service your air conditioner to prepare for the coming months and help keep you electricity bill down. The same goes for other large appliances. Giving your fridge (especially the vents), dishwasher and washing machine a thorough clean (check your instruction manuals for instructions), will help lower your energy costs and save you money.
  2. Dusting – This one is especially important if you or your family members suffer from health issues such as asthma or allergies. Dirt, dust and mould build up during winter triggering such ailments. Giving your house a good old dust can help relieve these types of health conditions, which in turn, means less money spent on medicines and medical treatments. I’m not saying it will solve all your health problems (and I am definitely not a doctor so do make sure to follow your health care professionals advice!), but every little bit helps.
  3. De-clutter – This isn’t as much a way to save as a way to make a little extra money. We all have things in our home we no longer want or use for whatever reason. Why not sell them and make yourself some cash? You can list items on your local buy, swap and sell pages, Gumtree or eBay. Added bonus, having less stuff in your home means less stuff to clean!
  4. Organise – Having a place for everything, and everything in its place, makes life so much easier to find things. When we first moved in together, I can’t tell you how many times my Husband swore we were out of something I was sure we had, gone out and purchased more, only for me to find an excess of it tucked in a drawer or cupboard somewhere later. These days he knows where most things in our home live and we no longer end up with 62 million rolls of sticky tape lying around.
  5. Clean out your car –  Did you know that carrying extra weight in your vehicle actually increases fuel consumption? Driving around with things you don’t need in your car, like 62 million toys in the back seat, unnecessarily raises your vehicles weight and uses more fuel per kilometre. Clean your car out of anything you don’t need and save yourself some dollars. Side note: does anyone else’s child just HAVE to take a toy with them, you know. in case they get bored or something, where ever they go and then just leave them in the car? No? Just mine then.

So there you have 5 ways a Spring Clean can help you save money. Do you Spring Clean your home and if so, do you find it helps save you money? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.

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5 Ways to Save This Spring

Today is the first day of Spring! This year is just zipping by so unbelievably fast. As scary as that is though, I  must admit I am looking forward to some warmer weather. I don’t hate Winter but by the end I am definitely glad to see the back of it. Today I am sharing a few tips to help you save as the weather warms up again. To see my other posts with ways to save click here.

  1. Make your own cleaning products  – The start of Spring means it’s time to give the house a good old Spring Clean. Store bought cleaners are generally full of nasty chemicals I don’t want in my house, and can cost a small fortune. Home-made cleaners are much  less toxic and far cheaper. Save yourself some money by making your own cleaning products. If you’d like a post with some of my favourite homemade cleaners let me know.
  2. Plant a veggie garden – This isn’t something I have ever done very well with. I am by no means a green thumb, but if you are, plant yourself a lovely little garden now and reap the rewards in the coming months. Things always taste better when they are homegrown!
  3. Clean your air conditioner – While we might not be up to turning the air con just yet, those hot days are coming! Do yourself a favour and prepare now by giving it a thorough clean (check your manual for instructions). This will help save your power bills when the temperature soars.
  4. Dry your laundry outside – I mentioned in my very first ways to save post that skipping the dryer and hanging your clothes out to dry will help you save but sometimes in winter the sun just isn’t up to the job. As it gets warmer and the days get longer, take advantage and save your power bill by drying your washing outside.
  5. Get Outside – In Winter, when it’s cold and dark outside, it’s lovely to snuggle up on the couch for an evening of Netflix. Take advantage of the extended evenings as the days get longer, turn the TV off and get outside. Have a BBQ, go for an evening walk, watch the kids play. It’s only a little thing, but it will save you a bit in power, which will add up over time.

So there you have 5 Ways to Save This Spring. What are your best tips for saving money as the weather warms up? I’d love to hear them in the comments below!

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Another 5 Ways to Save on Groceries

A month or so ago, I noticed our grocery bills had been slowly rising. To be fair, we had been celebrating a few birthdays and special occasions, (including the week of beef), so I  had been expecting to exceed our budget a little bit some weeks, but we seemed to be going over most weeks. I decided I needed to rein our spending back in, before it got out of hand. I’ve written before about ways to save on your groceries and today I thought I would share a few more of the ways I save money at the supermarket, including some I’ve only just started using. To check out some of my other posts that include ideas for ways to save click here.

  1. Meal Plan – Those of you who have been following my blog for a while will know I’m a huge fan of meal planning. If you’ve only recently found my blog you can check out my weekly meal plan posts by clicking here. Making sure I know what we’re going to eat each night for the coming week saves me making random purchases and hoping for the best. To find out more about how I meal plan each week check out this post.
  2. Write a shopping list (and remember to take it) –  It’s all well and good to have a meal plan but you also need to know what you need to pull that plan together. Check your pantry and fridge for what you need for the coming week before you head to the supermarket and try to stick to it. I like to use a list app on my phone to make sure there’s no chance of me leaving it at home when I go to the shops.
  3. Buy in Season –  I know this idea won’t work for everyone (especially if your family are as picky as mine about eating anything that resembles a plant) but it is much cheaper to buy fruit and vegetables that are in season than it is those that aren’t. They are usually fresher too as they haven’t been sitting in storage during transport from wherever they have come from. As a rule of thumb, fruit and vegetables that are in season should cost no more than $4 per kilo. Side note: If you have any hints or tricks for getting your family to eat more vegetables I’d love to hear them.
  4. Shop online – This one has been a fairly new way to save for me. When I realised that our grocery bills were slowly sneaking  up despite my best efforts, and stopped to consider why, I realised a big part of it was thanks to those sneaky impulse buys. You know those things that somehow find their way into your trolley when your husband thinks you’re not looking. Or that item that your kid just HAD to have. Or that chocolate that just looks too tempting to resist. Shopping online has almost completely eliminated them for me. I can take my time and check over everything in my cart before I commit to ordering and decide whether or not it’s something we really need. Even once I factor in delivery fees, we are definitely coming out ahead.
  5. Cash Rewards – This has been another new way to save around here and again, it’s been working really well for us. At the start of each week I purchase a Woolworths gift card through Cash Rewards. I spend both our grocery and petrol money, as the gift cards can also be used at participating Caltex petrol stations. Using my Cash Rewards account I receive a 5% off the total spend and a small cashback reward. At the end of the week, if there’s anything left over on the card, I can use it the next week, or save it for a week when we need something extra or to just spend a little less.  Sign up for Cash Rewards by clicking here.

What’s your best tip for saving money on groceries?

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5 Ways to Save This Winter

Yesterday marked the start of winter. Does anyone else feel like this year is disappearing at an alarming rate? I swear I only just wrote my 5 Ways to Save This Autumn post! I’m not sure how we made it here but the weather is definitely getting colder, so today I am sharing 5 Ways to Save This Winter. To see my other posts with ways to save click here.

  1. Set your ceiling fans to turn the opposite direction. I am one of those strange (wonderful) people that can only sleep with a fan on, even in the middle of winter. There’s something about the noise I find soothing. So we don’t freeze, when the weather cools down my husband switches our ceiling fan to blow the other way. This means that instead of blowing cold air down on us, it blows the warm air above it out. This helps circulate the warm air around the room, allowing me to sleep to the sound of it’s gentle hum while we stay toasty and snug.
  2. Set your heating to 18 degrees and only heat rooms you are using. Setting your heating to this temperature will help keep your power bill from skyrocketing. Just as paying to cool an empty house in Summer is a waste, so too is paying to warm areas of your home you aren’t using in Winter.  Keep the warm air in by shutting doors.
  3. Turn your heater off 20 minutes before you leave the house. I know some days it’s a win just making sure the heater actually does get turned off before you leave the house (no, just me?). However if you remember, turning the heater off in advance means that you still get to enjoy the toasty warmth before you head out, but you’re not leaving a super warm house empty.
  4. Only fill the kettle with what you need. I mentioned in my 5 Simple Ways to De-Stress post that I love a good cuppa, especially when it’s cold outside. Save energy, and money, by only filling the kettle with the amount of water you need. Heating 4 cups of water is a waste if you are only making one cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate. It’s only a small thing but it adds up over time.
  5. Utilise your blinds/curtains. Open your blinds/curtains during the day to let the sun in to warm the house. Just make sure to close them before it cools down in the evening, to keep the chill out. Thick curtains will also help keep warmth in.

So there you have 5 Ways to Save This Winter. What are your best tips for saving money as the weather cools down? I’d love to hear them in the comments below!

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