Wednesday, October 7

Top ten Tips and Tricks for the Budget Bride. Oh, Wait! That's Me!

OK....no panic here, but it's exactly one month before my wedding, and I've been trying to work out too many details.  I've been pinteresting it up (is that a word? lol), reading every online article for my interests, as well as other brides hopefully, and muddling through what I can actually afford.  There's so much information out there that my head almost exploded.  So, I'm having to learn how to breathe and carving out what I want for my big day.  I am hoping that some of my incites will help other brides, or even those who need help planning other life events. This is a big focus for me, because I've never had the big formal event, however; I don't have a lot of $ to spend, so this prepper has had become a budget bride.




My top 10 tips and tricks stem from a lot of resources, and consist of these few:
  • Find a cheap venue through a friend, or family member or even airbnb.com. However, watch out for homeowners who want to charge you a "event fee" just for having your wedding at their home, & Yes! That happened to me.  So, I thank God for my Matron of Honor, Rhonda, who found my venue, which honestly was exactly what I was looking for.  It was literally 1/4 of what most venues start at near where I live, and my Mom offered to pay for it. Score! There's even a gazebo outside, and I have access to a kitchen and a few bedrooms for 2 days.  It is also where I will have my rehearsal dinner and practice. 


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  • Find someone you know to preside over you ceremony, if you do not have a pastor you trust. Evidently, it's easy to get ordained online these days.  However, I ask a family friend, we call Bobby, who I've known since I was five, and had in recent months gotten his license before he officiated his youngest daughter's wedding. 


Find wedding favors through a website like ruffledblog.com or handmade through etsy. Also, search the web for deals and discounts, while maybe thinking outside the box for ideas.  I had some created through Label Daddy.  I designed them myself with Label Daddy's help and it's a great product.  Most of their products are for labeling kids items and are awesome.  You can help kids or adults keep up with special items with ease.  I just put my own little twist them.  Here they are!  Aren't they cute?!

Right now you can Save 20% on Label Daddy labels!  These labels are extremely durable peel-and-stick washable labels, and they are even washer/dryer, microwave, and dishwasher safe, while being UV resistant! Label Daddy labels are also fun and attractive.  It is your design and your choice of options. Get creative!

Save 20% on your entire Label Daddy order - this is the best discount available anywhere. Use code USFAMILY20 at checkout. http://www.usfamily20.labeldaddy.com.


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  • Find specific decorations you want through eBay or even Craigslist, and guess what even Oriental Trading Co has tons of stuff you need. Even the Dollar Store will do in a pinch! Look over my Dollar Store Awesomeness on Pinterest.



  • Find an online seamstress, yes even ebay, for your dress.  You can actually find a vendor who can copy the exact dress you desire, but for about 1/8th of the price you saw from your favorite designer.  You may need to get another seamstress locally to take it in, but this option is so worth the money you'll save a ton of money overall.


  • Find shoes, that you can always dye and even add touches to, like bling, flowers, and sparkle.  Don't make a big deal of buying on the cheap.  No one else will know (wink..wink), or should really care.



  • Find inexpensive cake options, like cupcakes, cake pops, and small cakes, and tiered ones, through Groupon.com and other deal sites.  These are usually 1/2 of what you pay most bake shops. 


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  Hint: If you buy from Groupon.com, buy more than one certificate and take someone else with you to shop for the purchase of your order.  Just divide the order into two, etc.  In addition, maybe a family member or friend has already offered to help out or make something or buy for something you want.   I got lucky because one friend, Joy, is going to be buying at least 1/2 of my cake needs as a wedding present, and less than two days ago, I had another friend, Silvana, offer her husbands cheesecake (Bob who is also a close friend too) as a groom's cake. Yay! I've tasted it before and it's AWESOME!
  • Invitations don't have to be expensive.  I literally got mine from Michael's and used a 40% off coupon on different dates.  I am printing them from home to save on costs as well.  Most of the invites I saw online, started out at the very least closer to the $2 mark and that's not including envelopes, postage, or any extras you might want to include in the envelope. I'm mailing out at least 100 invites, so that would not even fit into my budget, even with the online options. 
These are the ones I went with. 

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  • As far as food, there are a few options to help save.  Costco and Sam's are great for appetizers and mini deserts.  A family member who can cook is always a great option.  Pasta and other items can be purchased for cheap, especially if you are a coupon user.  You can also find a caterer who will deliver to you or allow you to pick up and serve yourself via a buffet style.

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  • Your honeymoon should be what you've dreamed of, but I still has to be realistic.  Again, sites like Groupon, may have what you are looking for at a much lower rate.  Signing up for travel discount cites (just google), are a great place to start.  I have a family friend who has access to a 7 day trip for me and my Hubie to be, but we still have to find a way to get there and provide money food, excursions, etc. lol.  So, it will be planned when we have the time and money to take advantage of this gift.  If you already have kids, you will understand why you may have to wait. 



Last little things......

  • Take  your time, even if it's limited.  
  • You're probably going to cry, so lean on your family and bridesmaids. 
  •  Reach out because you never know who wants to help. 
  •  Keep your sense of humor, because sometimes that helps you keep your sanity.
Please comment below if you found anything helpful for you or a bride to be you may know, and share often.  It is always appreciated.




*Part of this post was sponsored by Label Daddy and its advertiser, yet all opinions are my own. #LabelDaddy.com


Wednesday, September 16

The Pampered Prepper is Getting Married! Savings on a set of 36 Chalkboard Label Stickers Only $2.72 Shipped!

The Pampered Prepper is getting married!  So, along with my other posts on savings, preparedness, organization and travel items, I'm going to post additional savings from this budget savvy bride(me), and how you can apply to every day life.  I'm excited to explore this avenue with you! 

So here we go!




  • Fancy frame set of 12 pieces
  • Oval set of 12 pieces
  • Rectangles Set of 12 pieces
  • Size: 34mm*48mm
 

Use for labeling dried goods & herb potted plants.
  

  Add them in order to label glasses, treats,  and other items for parties, and/or celebrations!



As you can see, there are so many awesome possibilities for using  these chalkboard label stickers.

Click here to get this awesome deal.  Comment below if you snag this deal!  Also, please feel free to comment on how you would use these.   I would love to hear your ideas.

Thanks for stopping by!  Please return soon for more tips, tricks, and savings :)








Saturday, August 22

PRICE DROP: Cute Lunch Bag (Lots of Designs – I like the Flowered One!) Only $0.99 (was $15.99)!


Amazon deal – Prices can change at any time.

Check out this super Cute Lunch Bag! Lots of Designs to choose from. I like the Flowered One!

Only $0.99 (was $15.99)! 

Length27cm * height17cm * width 12cm
 

Shipping is $2 but still a great deal!

This lunch bag is great for adults and students who need to carry food and snacks for the day ahead of them. It can also be used as:

 

  • Lunch Box
  • Travel Lunch Bag
  • Travel Camping Bag
  • Meal Bag
  • First Aid
  • Sewing Kit
  • School Supplies
  • Art Chaddy  

The possibilities are endless! Comment below if you snag it!

    Saturday, August 1

    Baby Infant Waterproof Zipper Wet and Dry Diaper Bag for Baby Carriage, travel, or bug out bag = $2.59 - $3.59 plus FREE Shipping


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    Great deal on this washable reusable baby cloth diaper bag innovatively sewn with hidden seams, tote

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    Could easily be used for older child, teen and/or adult travel or bug out bag to help organize 

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    Price range for this item is only $2.59 - $3.59 depending on style chosen. There are several styles to 

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     Smart design with function in mind. 

     Click here to get this deal!  Comment if you snag it :)

    EZ Hand Peelers for FREE!


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    The EZ Peel Vegetable Peeler is a small palm-size tool that slips over the finger 

    for easily peeling fruits and vegetables. The peeler tucks into the palm, allowing 

    a gentle easy motion instead of a striking motion. The stainless steel blade is 

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    Shipping is only $4.99!

    Use them for your kitchen preps at home, camping,  or bugging out!

    Comment if you snag it :) 



    Wednesday, July 8

    Amazon.com Vintage Style Leather Bound Notebook $6.99!

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    LOVE this!  This would make a great travel journal & it’s an Amazon best-seller, too!



    Don’t forget, Amazon prices can change any time, so HURRY :) Ships free with Super Saver 

     Shipping or with Amazon Prime (Get a free Amazon Prime trial here).



    Monday, June 15

    FREE Samples of Emergen-C Emergen-Zzzz Drink Mix








    ** Freebie Alert **


    Comment if you snag this freebie!

     :)
       Enjoy!