We’re heading into fall wedding season, and while it’s one of our favorite times of year, it can be expensive for wedding guests. The holidays will be here before you know it and with travel, gifts, and attire the costs can really add up.
According to a recent survey by Bankrate, wedding guests can spend anywhere from $400 to $1000. Here are some tips for you to navigate wedding season without going broke to do so!
Start Saving Early
You definitely shouldn’t wait for the save-the-dates to roll in to start saving cash. As soon as the engagement is announced, start putting money away monthly. Engagements typically last 15 months, so that gives you plenty of time to save! Having a budget in place will alleviate a lot of the financial stress that can come later on.
Booking Travel & Hotel Arrangements
Just like with saving, you should also book your travel and hotel early. While the couple may already have reserved a room block, definitely do your own research to find hotel deals, it may end up being cheaper. Be sure to pick a hotel close to the venue so that you can avoid pricey transportation costs.
If you have a credit card that gives you points, redeem your travel points for flights and hotels. You can also get great signup bonuses from cards like Chase Sapphire Preferred that’ll give you 50,000 bonus points towards travel. Just use the card responsibly!
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Search For Extra Savings
Although you should stick to the wedding registry, it doesn’t mean you can’t find the items elsewhere! Shop around and compare product prices with other stores.
You should also utilize online money-saving tools like Cently. The browser extension automatically applies coupon codes so that you don’t have to search for deals yourself! You can also download Ebates which will give you cash back on your purchases.
Contribute To A Group Gift
A great way to save on wedding gifts, while still giving something thoughtful, is to get a group together and contribute to one or two big-ticket items. This way you can still get something the couple really wanted while saving some money in the process. If you’d rather skip the tangible gifts, contributing cash to their honeymoon or cash fund is a great option to!
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Don’t Be Afraid To Say No
If you’re a close friend or family member, expect to not only be invited to the wedding, but the bachelor/bachelorette parties, showers, and other events. Although you don’t want to let your friends and family down, it’s important to be realistic about your finances. If you can’t afford attending multiple weddings or parties or being in the wedding party, it’s okay to say no.
What are some ways you’re saving this wedding season? Let us know and share your tips in the comments. Thank you to Coupon Follow for this great information!