Casey Slide Casey Slide lives with her husband and baby in Atlanta, GA. She graduated from the University of Florida in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering and worked for a prominent hospital in Atlanta. With the birth of Casey’s son in February 2010, she decided to become a stay-at-home mom. Casey’s interests include reading, running, living green, and saving money.
When my husband and I were planning our wedding, we wanted to keep it simple, elegant, and most importantly under budget.
So we were a little shocked when our caterer quoted us her lowest price of $35 per person for dinner – not including alcohol. With 160 guests, we were already at $5,600, and with an open bar were looking at a total bill of more than $10,000 just for food and drinks! Our total budget was around $10,000, so we needed to find a few ways to scrimp and save when it came to the dinner and alcohol.
When I got married, my crafty aunt handmade my wedding invitations as a wedding gift. Though they were exquisite and I got multiple compliments on them, I didn’t realize quite what a gift it was until I learned that the average amount that a couple spends on wedding invitations is $650 – and lots spend upwards of $2,000 or $3,000.
Who knew that paper cost so much? But it’s not just the paper – there are envelopes, second envelopes, response cards, response card envelopes, tissue paper, and postage, for starters. Money also goes into the design of the invitations as well as the actual printing of the message.
During my son’s recent one year check up, the pediatrician talked to us about many things, such as what to introduce into his diet, what skills we should be working on, and up-coming potential vaccines. None of these came as a surprise to me since the information is commonly available in nearly any baby book.
However, as we were nearing the end of the appointment, the pediatrician told me to make sure I continue to breastfeed approximately four times a day until my child is two years old. Uh, wait a second…isn’t breastfeeding supposed to be stopped once a child is out of infancy?
The average cost of a wedding in the United States is well over $20,000. But if you’re planning your big day, don’t let that number scare you! There are plenty of creative methods to implement budget wedding ideas without sacrificing what matters most to you.
One of the best ways to save is with your wedding venue. A wedding venue could be many things, but for most weddings, it means a place for the ceremony and a place for the reception. Planning the wedding venue is really the first step in planning a wedding – everything else hinges on the location.
I have a good friend who is currently in an entry-level position for a major corporation. She loves her job, and she does it very well. Her boss knew she wanted to move up in the company and encouraged her to apply for a position within another division.
After she submitted a resume, she landed a phone interview. Because of all the encouragement she had received from her current boss, she believed she was a shoo-in for the position. She went into the phone interview unprepared but feeling confident.
I find myself constantly needing to make appetizers. Between parties, big games, various meetings, and daily life, I am always on the hunt for simple, quick, and frugal appetizer recipes that also happen to be delicious too.
As a stay-at-home mom, I’ve found that it’s important to always have a stockpile of recipes that I can quickly whip up with things I already have in my kitchen.
Here are some of my favorite frugal appetizer recipes.
The term “spring cleaning” probably conjures images of retro housewives in aprons and handkerchiefs, scrubbing the grout with toothbrushes. These days, we often use the phrase in reference to a variety of things, from clearing out the garage to going through your work inbox.
If you talk to anyone from an older generation, however, you’ll hear about the days when every nook and cranny was scrubbed and polished until the whole house gleamed. Spring cleaning was not a phrase to be taken lightly, and it was not a choice. It was an arduous task taken on every spring without fail.
It is starting to feel like spring across most of the U.S., and now is the time to start planning your summer vacation if you haven’t done so already. My friends and I are discussing various options for group travel, since we all have similar interests and budgets. Traveling with a large group can be a great way to lower expenses – and add to the fun too!
When you’re about to become a parent for the first time, it can be very intimidating thinking about buying all the necessary baby gear for your little one on the way. Looking at the list of recommended baby items, it may seem as though you are looking at a foreign language: layette, bassinet, boppy. Baby costs can add up very quickly.
You may question if some of them are actually baby items you don’t need or if there are any ways to save money on baby expenses. Then as you look down the list, you see something you recognize: strollers. Sounds simple enough, right? You need a carriage on wheels to transport your little one. But since there are so many different types of strollers, how do you know which one is the right one for you?
Restaurants are great places to gather with all your friends and family, but they can get really expensive rather quickly!
That’s why I love hosting a good old-fashioned game night. It’s so much fun to get together with family or friends and laugh the night away – without spending a dime. Sure there are board games that cost $30 or more, but you don’t have to buy a new game every time you have people over. There are plenty of ways to keep the cost of game night low while keeping the laughs abundant.
Since I enjoy using discount grocery coupons, I usually end up with a surplus of Coca-Cola in my home. While I’m usually brand-blind when it comes to carbonated beverages and usually buy generics, some would argue that Coca-Cola is the ultimate brand. And since I live in Atlanta, it’s basically a sin to buy anything other than Coke. I get it at a decent price, and it is by far my husband’s favorite beverage, so I stock up when I see deals. But I don’t drink a lot of soda, so I’m in search of some practical uses for Coca-Cola so I can get a little more value out of my purchase.
When I first found out I was pregnant, I was excited and a little nervous (OK, a lot nervous) at the same time. My sister had severe bouts of morning sickness during her pregnancy and I wondered if I would go through the same thing. I got my answer 7 weeks in, when I was overcome with nausea, headaches, and a general feeling of miserableness night and day (whoever came up with the term “morning” sickness has clearly never had it).
My husband and I recently did our taxes, and we were shocked by the amount of money we were being refunded by the government. At first we were elated because it was enough to pay off our car, so that we would now be able to live debt free. At the same time, we were kicking ourselves for not having this money available for use during the past year.
In most American suburbs, sports are a big deal. Kids go to practice almost daily, and the fields are full of excited and dedicated players while parents and fans cheer from the stands. Similarly, adults take tennis lessons and practice their golf swings at local country clubs.
While these activities are great for you and your children’s health, they can wreak havoc on your pocketbook. Lessons, equipment, greens fees, gas to and from practices – the price of sports can add up in a hurry.
But it doesn’t have to. Here are 12 ways you can save.
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