Good finds

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Lately, I am a traveling machine. This past week I was in Dallas for a client event, and this week I’m heading home for my sister-in-law’s baby shower and a family visit. I’m definitely tired, but the upside is that I’m a pro at airports now. Plus I’m glad I get to visit my family in November while avoiding the crazy Thanksgiving travel congestion. I don’t know about all of you, but I’m looking forward to closing out 2015 and starting fresh in 2016. This has been one crazy year.

P.S. Exactly one year ago this weekend was my bridal shower & bachelorette party – time flies!

Here are 5 good finds from the past week:

  1. How to Ace Your Side Hustle: The Ultimate Guide: Side hustles have been all the rage in 2015. Here’s everything you need to know about starting yours and using it to supplement your income.
  2. The Do’s and Don’ts for Cooking Thanksgiving Dinner: I don’t know about you, but we’ve never cooked our own Thanksgiving dinner before. I’ll be perusing this little guide for a smooth Friendsgiving.
  3. 7 Things You Should Do *Now* to Fend Off Holiday Debt: Holiday marketing is already in full force! I’m so excited to start buying gifts for everyone on our list; however, it’s never worth going into debt buying presents. This article has seven ways to save some green this season.
  4. 5 Ways to Be Memorable in 30 Seconds or Less: While wedding planning, MPR used to tease me because our vendors never remembered/recognized me if I was by myself, they only knew us as a couple. Needless to say, I got a little self conscious that I was forgettable 😦 This article has great tips to make sure no one ever forgets you again!
  5. Maison Jules Long-Sleeve Heart-Print Sweater: I’m obsessed with this sweater! So adorable and perfect for holiday gatherings πŸŽ„β˜ƒοΈ

Enjoy!

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How we hacked $10k off our wedding budget

How we saved $10k on our wedding

Photo by Upstate Photographers

When MPR & I first started planning our wedding, we suffered from severe sticker shock. We couldn’t believe how expensive everything was, or how quickly it all added up. I knew we had to take a step back and look at the big picture. That’s when I developed my wedding budget planning and management worksheet. Using inspiration from other wedding resources and my account management and media planning skills from work, I built a beautiful spreadsheet that we have held near & dear over these past two years. Using this system, we were able to cut $10,000.00 from our wedding budget. How did we do it? The short answer is that just as you should live below your means, you should plan below your wedding means. The long answer is detailed below.
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10 tips to plump your piggy bank

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I often refer to MPR as painfully practical. He likes things that are black & white, he asked for underwear & a bookshelf for Christmas, and he purchases everything he can from Aldi. I’m convinced that if he won the lottery, he’d spend the whole thing on a house (not too big), vinyl records, and Miller High Life – after all, it is the champagne of beers.

Me, on the other hand? I love the finer things and have an affinity for all things pretty. Dresses make me drool, handbags make me happy, and vintage teacups make me tingle. Before we got engaged, I had grown accustomed to spending my money on whatever I wanted, but all that stopped when we opened a joint savings account. It was time to save up.

Whether you’re also trying to save up for your wedding, are looking to build a nest egg, or simply need a vacation, here are 10 tips that I’ve used to help me save money.
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