Eat Your Weeds

Eat Your WeedsWhen we were extending our driveway, the construction guys dumped a big pile of TN clay dirt right next to our house. At first we thought it might be useful to fill in holes or ditches, but now it has become quite an eyesore.

If you can see that little carved out spot on the right, that shows where Al and I labored in the heat, sweat running down our faces in torrents, just so we could start moving that ugly pile of dirt and hide it behind the pond. Here it is in the beautiful golden hours of the morning after my jog looking its best: [Read more...]

Everyday Investing

Everyday InvestingInvesting.

What is it?

A quick browse online will quickly reveal a bevy of news outlets, finance blogs, and other websites discussing investments ad nauseum. Stocks! Bonds! Gold! Real estate! Bitcoin! It can be a bit daunting to wade through for sure.  So I thought I’d share a few thoughts on investing and how investing principles can be applied in our everyday lives to help us save those crumbs. [Read more...]

How I Got Married in a Cheap Wedding Dress

Cheap Wedding DressEvery bride wants to look beautiful on their wedding day. Radiant, vibrant, breath-stoppingly gorgeous. But perhaps the biggest dilemma that plagues many brides, sometimes up to the week before the wedding (horrors!), is finding the right dress. How in the whole wide world, among the thousands upon thousands of dresses hanging in bridal shops and listed online, will she find the perfect, most dazzling wedding gown that will:

    – make her look slender

    – fit her personal “style”

    – have the right neck cut, waist cut, train length, and sleeve style

    – be approved by her mother, mother-in-law, and grandmother

    – and oh….did we mention….it has to be cheap

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6 Unconventional Ways to Save Money on Your Wedding

Save On WeddingIn our previous post, Planning a Wedding for Less Than $3,000, we gave you a broad overview of how much weddings are costing today (average of $30,000!) and how we managed to spend less than 10% of that ($2,515, to be exact).

Of course, there are as many ways to save money on weddings as there are to spend money on weddings, so here are just a few money-saving strategies we implemented for ours that you might find useful as you plan yours. [Read more...]

Planning a Wedding for Less Than $3,000

Planning WeddingEvery little girl dreams of her wedding day. From the day they were born, most little girls are already practicing walking down the aisle and are planning every facet and detail with very vivid imagination:

~ Will it be peonies or roses?

~ If I pick Jane to be my bridesmaid, uh-oh…what about Jill?

~ Should I go with a traditional tiered cake or…maybe cupcakes?

~ Will the reception be elegantly romantic with candles and a live string quartet or more natural with wildflower centerpieces outdoors?

~ I can’t decide if my hair will look better made up or left down!!!

~ And of course…Will I find the perfect wedding dress? 

It’s not nice to burst little girls’ bubbles, but it’s hard fact that one thing is usually missing in little girls’ dream wedding plans…the cost. [Read more...]

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