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7 Ways to Save on Wedding Venues

7 Ways to Save Money on Wedding Venues

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Everyone wants that “perfect” wedding. Our culture promotes extravagance when it comes to wedding planning, and it can be hard to give up the dream of getting married the “fairy tale” way. However, the reality is quite different, especially when you have a limited wedding budget. In fact, the average cost of a wedding in the United States is well over $20,000. This is a sizable sum when you’re trying to stick to a tight budget.

One of the best ways to trim your budget is by getting creative with your wedding venue. The wedding venue is typically the largest of all wedding expenses so it makes sense to try to cut costs there. If you are currently thinking about where to get married, here are a few suggestions to save money on a wedding venue:

1. Focus on Your Priorities

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How To Monetize Your Cat’s Internet Fame

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You’ve been posting your cat’s photos on Instagram, Facebook and other social media sites. You’ve uploaded videos to YouTube. You’ve established a following. But so far, this hobby has cost you time and money and you’d like to make a little something back to pay for your expenses…and maybe turn this hobby into a career.

How to turn your cat’s Internet success into a money-making venture.

 

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How the Upromise MasterCard Helps Build Your College Savings

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I don’t know about you, but paying for my kids’ college education is the kind of thing that keeps me awake at night.  With tuition rates at record high levels, saving enough for even state schools can sometimes feel like mission impossible.

So when Upromise reached out to me with information about the Upromise MasterCard, I was excited to learn more. If you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to put more into college savings, the Upromise credit card is a great tool to give you a jump-start on reaching those goals.

Five Things You Should Know About the Upromise MasterCard

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12 Places to Find Inexpensive Jewelry

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Score beautiful jewelry for discount prices. Via Shutterstock.

With Valentine’s day just around the corner I’ve been indulging my love of jewelry by visiting tons of discount jewelry websites. There are so many options to choose from but it’s hard to differentiate from good quality sites and scams. Here is a list of 12 websites that offer great deals on everything from costume to designer jewelry.

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Why Sports Are a Great Investment in Your Kids

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Signing your kid up for a sports team will mean signing more than a few checks or credit card receipts, but it’s an investment that’s worth making.

Of course the chances of your kid getting a college scholarship to play at a university is small, and the idea of them making a career of it is even slimmer. But the upside of sports and the value they gain goes far beyond these financial qualifiers.

Keeps Them Active and Healthy

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7 Valentine’s Day Gifts for Pets and Pet Lovers

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Pets give so much love – now it’s time to show them how much we love them. With pet-themed Valentine’s Day gifts for us and for them. (Okay the ones for them are really for us, too.) Whether you have warm, fuzzy “felines” for a cat or you think dogs are pawsome, we’ve got the gifts for you.

7 Hissterical Valentine’s Day Gifts for You and Your Pet

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Understanding the Importance of Net Worth

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Net worth is a topic rarely talked about by savvy shoppers. The truth is that net worth isn’t just a term used by rich people; it is an important topic that is often overlooked by the middle class. Understanding your net worth allows you to gain a better understanding of where you stand financially. Use this quick guide to learn more about the importance of net worth and see how it can affect you financially.

What is Net Worth?

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5 Ways to Save on Your Wedding Gown

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Choosing the perfect gown for your wedding is a tough thing to do. In the best of circumstances it can take hours of searching and trying on dresses.  When you’re on a tight budget it becomes significantly more stressful. Designer dresses are very tempting when you are a bride, but it’s easy to overspend. When shopping you need to have a clear idea of what you want in a dress and what you want to spend on it. Every bride wants a beautiful dress, but not at an astronomical price.

Here are a few tips on how to shop for a wedding dress without breaking the bank.

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How to Sell on Etsy For Fun and For Profit

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For years, I’ve love shopping on Etsy. I’ve bought all kinds of terrific handmade items – from jewelry to clothing to prints that hang in my office. And for years, I’ve thought about selling on Etsy. After all, who couldn’t use some extra income? We have boxes of beautiful handmade stationery designed by a relative who passed away. We thought a great way to honor her would be to sell this stationery on Etsy, with a portion of profits going to animal charities she supported. So I finally got it together and started my own Etsy shop.

How I started selling on Etsy – and how you can, too.

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Refinancing Student Loans is Easier Than Ever

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Are you drowning in student loan debt?

In 2015, student loan debt in the United States reached a staggering $1.3 trillion.  Nearly 71 percent of students who graduated in 2015 carried student loans, at an average of over $35,000 per borrower.  For students graduating with professional degrees that number can be substantially higher. 

You May Be Able to Pay Less.

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How to Prevent Overspending by Using a Prepaid Credit Card

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One of the most commonly recommended strategies to prevent overspending is to leave your credit cards at home and only carry cash. Once the cash is spent, it’s impossible to make more purchases.  The problem with this is that cash is easily lost or stolen, and there’s little hope of ever getting it back.

How A Prepaid Card Can Help

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Do You Need Pet Insurance?

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The million dollar puppy.


I have had cats nearly all my life and I never considered getting pet insurance for any of them. Maybe it’s because our cats rarely needed medical care, but pet insurance just seemed like overkill. You get your pets their vaccinations and flea meds, and then you sorrowfully say goodbye when they get old, right?

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5 Beauty Supplies You Can Make Instead of Buying

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Today we have a guest post from Janelle Curtis of SewMuchCraftiness.com. 

Hello everyone! If you’re on a budget, no doubt you’re always looking for ways to save yourself some money. If you’re spending more on beauty items than you’d like to be spending, why not try making these items yourself? In this article, I’m going to explain how to make 5 basic beauty supplies from ingredients you probably already have in your home so you can keep a few bucks in your wallet. Here we go!

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Making Your Rental Feel Like Home

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More people rent than own these days and decorating a rental on a budget can be a struggle, especially when landlord restrictions make it hard to really make your apartment feel like home. I’ve come up with a variety of budget-conscious design tactics you can use to make your current pad look like the home you’ve always dreamed of, even if it’s just a temporary space. You don’t have to spend a fortune to make an impact on your décor. With these temporary design fixes, your friends will be oohing and ahh-ing over your home in no time.

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