Category Archives: Budgeting + Advice

Keeping the Spark While Planning a Wedding

Keeping the spark while planning a wedding -- some tips for keeping your sanity and staying in love

For those of you who haven’t ever planned a wedding, this might seem like an unusual post. A wedding means you’re getting ready for one of the most exciting days of your life, ready to confess your love in front of all your friends and family. You should be closer than ever and crazy in love.

Keeping the spark while planning a wedding -- some tips for keeping your sanity and staying in love

While that’s all accurate, it’s also true that planning a wedding is incredibly stressful. You have to make decisions on minute details (what type of chairs do we want? Who will hold onto the rings?). There is seemingly endless work, and you really want both families to be happy. Don’t even get me started on amount of money you and your family invest in this one day.

Staying organized while planning a wedding

Staying organized while planning a wedding -- practical tips and advice

With less than two months to my wedding, it is now “go time.” Every single little detail needs to be decided upon—and there’s no more putting it off. I told George that he’s not allowed to joke about any wedding mishaps or fake ideas, like creative first dance ideas and cake smashing. It’s even more important now that we stay organized so we remember to pay all of our deposits, make important decisions, and finish any DIY projects. Here are my tips for keeping everything organized to reduce stress and keep it all in order.

Staying organized while planning a wedding -- practical tips and advice

Start a system
It’s easier to tackle everything if you have a system and a place for all your ideas, information, and contracts.

Creating a monthly budget and sticking to it

How to make a monthly budget and stick to it!

How to make a monthly budget and stick to it!

I live and die by my monthly budget, and I love it.

I carefully crafted my budget when I was living on my own, and it has carried me through very lean times to be in slightly more comfortable times now. I definitely think that everyone should have a budget of some kind. It helps keep you on track, on top of expenses, and allows you to save for future goals. It’s the only way I can do what I am doing: saving for a wedding, while at the same time paying down loans and going on mini vacations!

Here’s how you can craft a master monthly budget of your own. This particular method works best if you’re on a reliable income (the same amount of money each week/month).

My Natural Cold Solutions

Natural Cold Solutions to make feel feel better while your body fights illness

Natural Cold Solutions to make feel feel better while your body fights illness

For the past week or so I have been battling some sort of cold. The symptoms keep morphing, but it’s a sore throat/cough/congestion/fatigue sort of thing. I prefer to stick to natural and basic remedies when treating my symptoms. Here are some of the things that have worked to lesson my head cold or make me more comfortable while sick. I don’t have any vested interest in these products; they are just what works for me!

The best cough drops -- Fisherman's Friend

Tips on buying your first DSLR

Advice on buying your first DSLR camera // on The Thrifty Ginger

This past summer I purchased my first digital SLR camera. Prior to that I was using an advanced point-and-shoot by Sony. It really wasn’t working well for my blog photos or personal photos, so I decided to buy a DSLR. I’m not a camera expert, but I can share my experiences purchasing my first DSLR.

Advice on buying your first DSLR camera // on The Thrifty Ginger

Figure Out What You Want
So you know you want a new camera, but why? Are you looking to take better pictures of your family? Are you looking to learn photography? Do you want to take videos as well? It’s easy to fall into the trap of wanting the newest, greatest thing. Plus, cameras can get very expensive. Get to the root of why you want a DSLR camera and that will help you in your search.