What a headache
July 15, 2008, 7:35 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

I was going to write about the wonders of figure modeling as a way to make some extra money on the side today, but I came down with a nasty migraine this afternoon and am still trying to shake it. I’ll try again tomorrow.


The first few weeks of wedding planning
July 13, 2008, 10:05 pm
Filed under: Frugality, Wedding

I adamantly resisted planning my wedding for a good 6 months. A few weeks ago, though, it dawned on me that it’s possible Jake and I can swing a wedding for next summer, like we originally wanted, and I got down to planning. Believe it or not, I actually really enjoy it! Here are the frugal things I’ve come up with so far:
-We’re going to have the wedding in upstate NY where Jake’s family lives. His uncle owns a restaurant on Lake Champlain and he gave us a really good deal for the reception. He also owns 6 cabins on the water and he gave us a great deal on these as well (one for us and the rest for out of town guests).
-We’re either going to have the ceremony at a small park close to the restaurant or have it outside of the restaurant on the water.
-I’m only having a maid of honor.
-Peonies grow everywhere in that part of New York and so I will have peonies in my bouquet, my maid of honor’s bouquet, and in the centerpieces. We’re going to get the flowers from Jake’s relatives’ backyards. Jake’s mom is going to be making all of the flower arrangements.
-Jake’s mom is going to make our cake and Jake’s aunt is going to decorate it.
-We’re going to use our iPod as the DJ and Jake can loan audio equipment from his work for free.
-We’re going to have a buffet instead of a served meal.
-We’re probably going to buy the alcohol at a liquor wholesaler in New York and have the bartender serve it at the reception instead of using and being charged for the restaurant’s alcohol.
-We’re probably going to go to Maine for our honeymoon instead of going to Italy like we originally planned. I think we’ll save Italy for our one year anniversary.

I would love to hear more ideas you all have for ways to keep wedding costs down.

CVS and a bit of Kroger
July 11, 2008, 7:28 pm
Filed under: CVS, Deals, Kroger

Yesterday, I realized an ECB was expiring that day, so I ran into CVS after hitting the post office. I grabbed:

2 Sure deodorants $5.38 minus 2 $1 coupons= $3.38
Bic Soleil razor $6.99 minus $4 coupon= $2.99
4 pk Soleil cartridges $6.99 minus $4 coupon= $2.99
Minus $10 ECB that was adjusted down to $9.36
Total out of pocket (tax) $.50
Got back $8 in ECBs and $1 ECB for my spring spending
I will also be sending in the Sure Buy One Get One Free rebate to get $2.69 back

The only coupon queen moment I had at Kroger this week was getting an 8 pack of DanActive for $1. It was clearanced down to $1.99 and I had a $1 coupon. Maybe next week will prove to be better for couponing.

Jake and I are going to walk to 7-11 after dinner to get our free slurpees. What a nice treat for a hot day!

Inexpensive birthday present
July 10, 2008, 10:46 pm
Filed under: Frugality

My mom’s birthday is this weekend and I, of course, don’t have gobs of money to spend on her, so I started brainstorming inexpensive ways to show my love for her.

I remembered that I have a sketchbook full of drawings that I drew when I was younger. There was a possibility that there was a drawing that featured my mom in that book. I hunted around and found it at my dad’s house. We looked through the sketchbook as well as other sketchbooks he had saved of my brother’s and my artwork. We not only found a drawing that I did of my mom when I was about 6, but we also found a hilarious drawing my brother did of my mom when he was about 9.

I sealed them up, along with a card, and mailed them to her today. I’m sure they are going to make her laugh, cry, and feel loved. What better present could you ask for?

Ups and downs
July 8, 2008, 8:40 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

+I modeled today for 3 hours= $36
+I will be modeling two more times next week= $66
+I applied for a job today and will apply for at least one more before the week is out
-Jake informed me that he didn’t have enough money to pay his student loans and now has to pay a late fee
+Jake has a strong lead for a better job
-Wedding invitations are expensive
-I haven’t studied for the GRE in weeks
-Our old landlords still haven’t gotten the unjustified fee cleared up and will most likely deduct it from our security deposit
+I sold a shelving unit= $20
-We’re still not completely unpacked yet
+Thank you for the wedding encouragement

Wedding day blues
July 7, 2008, 6:54 pm
Filed under: Frugality, Wedding

I had my first good cry over the wedding today. Damn it.

We need to figure out a way to have this wedding on a budget without having it seem like we’re on a budget (read: no beans and weenies, no metal folding chairs, no casual family reunion feel). I hate to be so picky about this, but it is my once in a lifetime wedding, after all, so I’d like it to be remotely nice.

A few dollars made today
July 6, 2008, 8:51 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

I managed to sell 2 DVDs, a CD, and a futon cover today for $19. That brings our total of money we’ve made from selling stuff because of the move up to $264.20. We also got $4 back from Kroger for returning our glass milk bottles. Now, if only I could sell the two pieces of furniture and large stack of DVDs and CDs we no longer need too…