How To Save Thousands On An Engagement Ring

How much to spend on an engagement ring Set A Budget!

Over the weekend, Wes and I celebrated being together for 9 years. We reminisced with others about our fun wedding and also talked about how expensive weddings can be. This then led to a discussion about crazy expensive engagement rings. Before you buy an engagement ring, read this post!

Determining how much to spend on an engagement ring can be a hard thing. This is especially true due to there being many different engagement ring buying rules out there.

The most known engagement ring budget rule is probably the three month rule. This is where the engagement ring buyer determines how much to spend on an engagement ring based on what they make over a three month period.

So, if a person makes around $3,000 a month, that would mean that the engagement ring “should” cost around $9,000 according to the three month ring buying rule.

That is a ton of money for someone to spend on an engagement ring, especially when that’s just a total income of around $36,000 a year!

I am going to say OUT with this old ring buying rule.

Spending 25% of your annual income on an engagement ring just seems crazy.

Insane even.

I know I’ll probably get some flack for saying that, but I think busting your budget for an engagement ring is usually not a good idea…

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Bad Money Mistakes Couples Should Avoid – They May Be Making You Poor and Stressed Out

Bad Money Mistakes Couples Should Avoid - They May Be Making You Poor and Stressed OutOne thing I’ve always been happy with is how me and Wes have always been very open about money.

No, we haven’t always done things the “normal way” (we combined finances YEARS ago and often receive flack for that), but in the end things worked out well for us. I think that’s because we make sure to be open about money.

I have witnessed many people around me make several money mistakes. I know people who have never once discussed a budget (even budgets that suck!) with their significant other, even though they are married. I also know others who have broken marriages/relationships because of secret debt, financial infidelity, and more.

No, life isn’t all about money, but money does play a big factor in a relationship.

I’m all for people doing their own thing in life, but, in general, the money behaviors below can lead to big mistakes when in a relationship. Money mistakes can lead to debt, delayed retirement, stress, heartache, and more.

Who wants all of that? Not me! [Read more…]

Our Wedding Dessert and Candy Buffet

For our wedding, we knew we wanted to have a wedding dessert table and a wedding candy buffet. Yes, we wanted TWO candy/dessert tables at our wedding, and we actually did it. Each table was six feet long, so you can only imagine the amount of sweets we had at our wedding.

We got our wedding candy buffet jars from Save On Crafts. This website was pretty much my go-to wedding website when I was looking for decorations for our wedding. [Read more…]

DIY Wedding Ideas – Worth It Or A Waste Of Money?

DIY Wedding Ideas - Worth It Or A Waste Of Money Wedding Dessert Table PictureMore and more couples seem to be going the DIY wedding route when it comes to their special day.

Some want to save a little money, some want to be more involved in their wedding, or some have a certain plan they want to follow and DIY is the only way for them to do that.

There are many things you might want to think about before you decide to go the DIY route for your wedding.

You will want to think about why you want to DIY the project, how much money it will save or cost you, how much time it will take, whether you actually have the time to complete the project, and if you are even creative enough to do it.

The last part is what stopped me from DIYing too much for my wedding because I know I’m not creative enough.

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Wedding Pictures

It’s finally here. I received my wedding photos the other day and I’m excited to finally share some of them with you. I won’t be sharing all of them because there are over 1,000 pictures!

I also included little reviews and links (this is not a sponsored post) for some of the items I bought for our wedding. I know some of you were interested in the vendors we used, so I thought I would make it easier that way. This is probably my last wedding-related post for awhile, so enjoy!

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I Need To Get Back On Track and Weekly Update

I Need To Get Back On Track and Weekly Update

We received one more sneak photo from our photographer, and it is above. I am in LOVE with it! Some of the bridesmaids and groomsmen aren’t in the picture, but it’s still a good one :)

I also find it funny that there are FIVE people holding up my dress so that it wouldn’t get dirty, but in the end it still got really muddy and dirty. I still need to get it cleaned and stored away. How much does that usually cost anyway?

Wes leaves soon and he is hiking a few segments of the Colorado Trail with a friend. They plan on doing around 70 miles in one week. It will be his longest hike, and we are hoping to go back together one day and hike the whole Colorado trail together (I believe it’s around 400 miles).

My sister is also leaving soon. She is moving to Chicago. I can’t believe the day is almost here for her to leave. I am so sad! I really didn’t think I would be THIS sad, but I am. I will miss you Lexy! I’ve pretty much been raising her these past few years since my dad passed away, so it’s like seeing a child away off to college. AH! :(

Also, make sure to come back on Monday because I will be celebrating my 3 year blogiversary with a BIG giveaway. Can you believe it’s already been 3 years?!

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