Tips on Saving for your Wedding
Saving for your wedding can be tough! So I have pulled together a few tips on how to save the pennies and help you put away some extra cash towards your dream day.
Make Your Lunch
We have all fallen into the supermarket meal deal trap! A sandwich, crisps and a drink for £3! Sounds like a bargain, but spending £3 a day on a lunch deal adds up to £15 a week, which is around £60 a month. So that’s approximately £780 a year. If you make your own lunch and take it to work this could be money to spend on your wedding!
Your Takeaway Coffee
Whilst we are on the subject of takeaway food for lunch, how much do you reckon you spend on takeaway coffee? On average a takeaway coffee costs over £2 a time. Why not buy an insulated cup and make a coffee before you leave home in the morning.
Sorry, we’re banning your bottled water too. We are lucky to live in a country that has perfect drinking water on tap! So again why not buy a fancy re-fillable flask with a filter. You don’t need to spend £1 or more on a bottle of water each day and you are helping the planet too!
De-clutter & Sell
Getting married is the chance to start fresh and what better way to do this than having a good old clear out! Be ruthless and ditch anything you haven’t worn or used in the past year then sell it on eBay, Gumtree or your local Facebook marketplace. This is your chance to make a few pounds and then you could even buy some new clothes for that all-important honeymoon!!
I am not a smoker and I know this idea might be met with disapproval! But really there is nothing to be gained from smoking and with the cost of a pack of 20 around £10, you’re literally throwing your money away. Think how much healthier you will be for this new journey that you are about to embark on!
Avoid Doing Things You Don’t Want to Do
We have all been there when you’ve agreed to go to post work drinks and you are silently hoping someone will cancel so you can just go home. Just say no to all the things you don’t really fancy. Saying ‘I’m saving for my wedding’ is the perfect excuse. If your friends don’t understand, just explain it means they will have extra treats on your big day!
Stop Paying to Exercise
Honestly how often have you used your gym membership this year? If you use it regularly make sure you are getting the best deal, this may mean changing gyms! If you can count on one hand how many visits you have made then cancel your membership and either buy a workout DVD to do at home or get your friends together and go walking. It’s a great way to have a catch-up and exercise at the same time.
Read More: Staying Healthy Before your Wedding
Your Credit & Debit Cards
With the introduction of contactless payments, it’s far too easy to swipe your card and walk off with a new pair of jeans or shoes. The best thing to do is to stop taking your credit card out with you and then the temptation to spend is removed. In terms of your debit card, set a budget and at the start of each week take out what you consider to be enough cash to get you through, and only use that.
Talking of credit cards, give up those impulse purchases. We know it’s tough but when you want something ask yourself, Can you live without it? Will you be miserable forever if you don’t buy it? This can be applied when buying items for your wedding also. Take time and think before you buy.
Plan Your Meals Before Food Shopping
Write a meal plan for the week before you go shopping then write a list and stick to it. Stay away from the special offers unless it really is something you will use. Take carrier bags with you too, all those and 5 and 10p’s soon add up.
Have you and your other half fallen into a habit of having a takeaway on a Friday night? Why not try cooking for them instead, you’ll be healthier and richer. This might be something that you take turns at and you might uncover an amazing cooking talent too.
Batch cooking your favourite Chili or Bolognese can save you money and time, just split it up and freeze it. This way you’ve got quick and healthy meals to reheat for lunch and dinner, it’s amazing how far you can make a couple of packs of mince stretch.
This will be a tough one for some of you that enjoy coming home after a long day and relaxing with a glass of wine or a beer! Try to stick to having alcohol only for special occasions or on the weekends. You’ll save money and be healthier.
We are not saying that you have to become a total recluse but if you meet with your friends on a regular basis it doesn’t always have to be a night out. You could always take it in turns to go to each other’s houses for food and drinks. This will be much cheaper for everyone involved and when you do head out it will be extra special. Also, this is the perfect opportunity to get your friends to help with any DIY projects you have for the wedding!
By eating a good breakfast, you are set up for the day and will be less likely to feel the need to buy snacks. If time is tight in the mornings why not try some overnight oats, they are easy to make, healthy, will keep you going all morning and you can even take them into the office with you to eat at your desk.
Read More: Breakfast Ideas for Your Wedding Day
When was the last time you actually compared suppliers for gas, electricity, your mobile phone etc? Why not do a price comparison check to make sure you are getting the best deals, and if you’re not, switch. You might be surprised at how much you could save.
Use Your Loyalty Points
Most supermarkets have a loyalty scheme and you really should use it as your points will add up and you can use them to save money off your food shop, or trade them in for vouchers so you can treat yourself for less!
These are just a few ideas on things to cut back on that will help you achieve the day of your dreams.
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Based in Ballyclare, Northern Ireland
Paul is married to Patricia (who helped him write these Wedding Hints & Tips posts!!) and the proud Dad to 2 fantastic sons.
A full-time professional photographer since 1990 and been privileged to have photographed well over 1300 weddings since then.
He worked in his own High Street Photography Studios up until December 2010 when he decided to downsize and work from home. He now splits his time between running Photography Courses and Wedding Photography, limiting himself to 30 weddings a year to maintain the quality and high level of customer service to each of his couples.
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