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 to Make Extra Money in Time for Christmas

With just over 10 weeks left until Christmas, I’m sure we’re all looking for a way to stretch the budget that little bit further. I have quite a few posts with a number of different ways to save money, but sometimes cutting back just isn’t enough. What do you do when you have reduced your spending all you can and you’re still not quite sure how you’re going to pay for Christmas? You add a little bit more money to your budget!

Today I am sharing 5 ways to make extra money, that take little, to no effort. Be warned, none of these will earn you big bucks, but they can help you pay for Christmas this year.

  1. Swagbucks – Swagbucks is an awesome site that offers aswagbucks-share-1480-v2 variety of rewards for doing simple activities online, some of which you probably already do, such as searching the web or online shopping. In exchange for doing these activities, you receive “points” that are referred to as Swagbucks. You can then exchange these Swagbucks for a range of different gift cards. To sign up for Swagbucks click here, and we will both receive a bonus 500 Swagbucks.
  2. Cashrewards – I mentioned Cashrewards in my Another 5 Ways to Save on Groceries post. It’s a great site that allows you to receive cashback on online purchases you make. It’s simple to use, you just sign up, search for the store you’re looking for and then shop online as normal and wait for your cashback to arrive. There are over 1,000 stores including ASOS, eBay, and my favourite, Woolworths. Cashrewards also gives you access to exclusive savings, coupons, offers and discounted eGift cards. To sign up for Cashrewards click here, you’ll get a $5 bonus in your Cashrewards account, and because I referred you, so will I.d2121a19aad84e729ca1c67de5c1c150-fe4e1edfbda84da984bd4464da944379_facebook_share_jpg
  3. PricePal Pricepal is another site that allows you to receive cashback on online purchases. Again, it’s super simple to use, just sign up, search the store you are looking for, click the link and make your purchase. Pricepal offers both cashback and discounts from shops such as Big W, Chemist Warehouse and Groupon. To sign up for PricePal click here, we’ll both receive a bonus $5 when you earn $5 cashback.
  4. Woolworths RewardsWoolworths Rewards is something I think most people know about, but not everyone cashes in on. It’s simple to use, you just sign up, scan your card every time you shop and then you earn 1 point for every dollar you spend in store and online at Woolworths supermarkets, BWS and Caltex Woolworths fuel outlets. You will also receive exclusive offers, bonus points offers and instant savings. Each time your balance hits 2000 points you will automatically save $10 on your next shop, or you can bank your savings for Christmas. To sign up for Woolworths Rewards click here5 Ways to Make Extra Money in Time for Christmas (1)
  5. Flybuys Flybuys is another loyalty program I think most people are familiar with, but again not everyone utilises. It’s similar to Woolworths Rewards, in that all you do is sign up and scan your time when you shop, but instead offers points, exclusive deals, bonuses and savings from a wider range of partners that includes Coles, Kmart and Target. Flybuys also offer a variety of rewards, from flybuy dollars (which can be used for in store purchases),  appliances and movie vouchers. To sign up for Flybuys click here.

So there you have 5 ways to make a little extra money in time for Christmas. Have you already started buying Christmas presents? Or is leave it to the last minute more your style? I’d love to hear in the comments.

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5 Tips for Living on a Single Income

At the moment my family are living on one income while I’m studying at University. While we are definitely not rolling in it, (There’s a reason I write about how to live a great life on a budget!) we make do, and never really feel like we are going without. I thought this week I would share some of my suggestions for making life on one income a little easier.

  1. Needs versus Wants – It’s so easy to get caught up in all things you think you have to have these days. But how many of them are really necessary? Sit down with your partner and figure out what things are needs and what are simply wants, and then make cuts to your budget where you can. Figure out what your family can live without and go with it.
  2. Set yourself limits – If there’s something you know you can’t all go without absolutely, but that is definitely more of a want than a need, try just cutting back. Set yourself limits on frivolous spending and stick to them. You can still have your cake and eat it too, just be sensible about it.
  3. Make sure everyone knows your budget – Sometimes when I think I have all the numbers figured out, my husband throws a spanner in the works by telling me he needs money for soccer or something I didn’t know about. After a few (maybe several), conversations about how I can’t just make money appear, he now knows to give me advance warning for such things so I can include them in our budget. I also try and make sure he knows what bills and things we have coming up, so it isn’t a complete surprise to him when I tell him there’s no spare money for something one week. Living on one income is much easier when we’re both on the same page as to where we are up to with our budget.5 Tips for Living on a Single Income 1
  4. Track your money – It’s easier for money to be frittered away when you don’t know exactly where it’s going. Keeping track of what you’re spending your money on will allow you to identify any problems as they arise, so you can work out a solution. The upside of living on one income is there is less money to keep tabs on.
  5. Remember why you’re doing it – When the bills are flying in and it all seems like too much, remember why you are doing this. Maybe like me you’re studying to better yourself and further your career. Or maybe it’s important to you for you to be at home with your babies. Whatever the reason, focus on that, and I am sure you will figure it out. If you need more  hints for living on a budget, take a look at my posts with ways to save, or some of my budget-friendly ideas.

What’s your best advice for living on a single income? I’d love to hear it in the comments.

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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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#36 Meal Plan Monday 2017

Happy Monday! We are all feeling a bit pooped around here today after a big weekend. It was wonderful to spend time with family though. I hope you all had a lovely Father’s Day with the Dad’s in your life.
This week we have something on at our son’s school Thursday so we will be eating out that night. Other than that it’s a pretty standard week around here.

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Monday – Fritters with leftover corned beef
Tuesday – Butter Chicken
Wednesday – Tuna Pasta Bake
Thursday – School Function
Friday – Pizza Party Friday Night
Saturday – Sushi
Sunday – Eggs on toast

What’s on your menu this week?

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