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Planning your wedding on a budget? Read this post

If you’ve been to a few weddings lately, it may be easy to assume that the only way to have an incredible day is to spend in the region of $30,000 to $50,000. This is a myth though, and you can definitely have an incredible day without spending all of your savings (or worse, taking out a loan). Here are some tips if you’re planning your wedding on a budget: Actually set a budget You’d be surprised how many people haven’t sent a firm budget for their wedding. If you don’t set a budget, you don’t know what you’re working with, and it can be easy to say yes to things you can’t really afford. Confirm how much family members may be able to contribute, and work out how much you can spend as well. Prioritise Now’s the time to think about what you consider the most important things to…

Top ways to make travel easier for your next trip

Travel is one of the best ways to grow as a person, and it’s also incredibly fulfilling. But it’s not always the fairytale you see on Facebook in Instagram. Often, travel is delayed flights, rude cab drivers, lost passports, jetlag, and exhaustion. This doesn’t mean you should stay home. But it does mean that you should do everything you can to control the things you can and make travel easier. That way, you’re not down to your last nerve when you miss your connecting flight or can’t figure out the public transport system. Here are some top ways to make travel easier for your next trip: Make it a stopover If there’s one thing I’m not doing anymore, it’s long-haul connecting flights between Europe and New Zealand/Australia. These days, I always book a night in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Hong Kong, or Bangkok. Even if you’re not flying for that long,…

How to travel for less this year

While it’s easy to assume that travel is only for the rich and privileged, the truth is that travel has never been more accessible for people of all incomes. If you’re reading this, you’re already doing better than 90% of the world, and there are plenty of ways you can make the most of that privilege and get out and see the world. Here are some top ways you can travel for less this year: Be Flexible Maybe you’ve always wanted to go to Mexico. While Mexico is cheap once you get on the ground, it can be an expensive place to get to if you’re not flying from North America. Think about why you want to go to Mexico. Is it the beaches? A chance to interact with a different culture? Or the idea of lying next to a pool in a swanky resort? You can find all of…

Carry-on packing essentials

Whether you’re heading off on a six-week adventure, or a long weekend away, your carry-on luggage should always contain in-flight essentials, that are strategically chosen to make your journey as comfortable as possible. We all know that packing can be stressful, so we’ve put together the ultimate list of carry-on necessities, to help you be more organised on your next trip. The Bag Before you even start packing, you need to decide on a bag that is suitable for your in-flight essentials. If you are travelling with a lot of technical equipment (laptops, cameras) etc. then you might be best off with a multi-compartment backpack, so you can access your electronics with ease. Backpacks are also great for long-term travellers, as it can double as a day bag for excursions! If you’re heading for a weekend away with your friends and you’re happy to pack light, then a small wheelie…

Including Your Junior Bridesmaid In Your Wedding

Including a junior bridesmaid in your wedding adds a certain beauty and charm. When there is a girl in your life that is too old for the position of flower girl, you can include her as a junior bridesmaid. The age of a junior bridesmaid is usually between 8-years old – and 12-years old. What does a junior bridesmaid do? The real answer to this is, whatever you want her to. You will dress her in a dress that is an age-appropriate duplicate of the other bridesmaids. If you want to put her more in the spotlight, she can be dressed as a junior bride. She walks down the aisle as the last bridesmaid just before the bride enters. Depending upon the theme of the wedding, she can carry a single flower, a basket of flowers, or even a sign that reads, “The bride is coming!” Keep her in mind…

Looking At Your Financial Future

When life happens, it can bring just about anything with it. Disasters will strike at the most impromptu moments and there really is not much that you can do about it. You have to take whatever it gives you and roll with it, however, you may need to get a little extra help along the way to get you back on your feet. You may not always be able to meet your every day needs living from one paycheck to the next after an emergency hits. That’s when you need to find a lending institution that will be willing to help you out and give you the boost that you need to get you by until you can get back on your feet. What you need to find is an alternative to payday loans. Know When to Get A Loan Many people often wonder what reasons there are for getting a loan.…

Steps in Renovating a Bathroom

If your bathroom needs some work, you may be ready to give it an overhaul. But you can’t just jump into a renovation- you first need a plan. Whether you’re doing it yourself or relying on bathroom contractors, here are some tips for renovating your bathroom: Step 1: Make your budget Before you begin renovating, you need to have a good idea of the steps you need to take. The first thing you need to do is determine your budget for the renovation. Consider how much you’re willing to spend, and ensure that this includes a few hundred extra, just in case you go over your expected costs. Write down this number, and be prepared to stick to it- it’s easy to go over this when you’re looking at different options. Step 2: Find inspiration If you’re the Pinterest type, now’s the time to start a board with the bathroom…

Talkspace Brings in a New Era of Treatment

This is a new era of treatment. The old way of diagnosing someone and then putting them on medication is going away because people are seeing that there is more to getting the right treatment than just taking in s set of side effects. One particular change that is occurring is based on convenience. Back in the earlier days, the only way for an individual to get therapy was to take a drive to a nearby office. Thanks to Talkspace, there is a newer way to get treatment. A growing number of people are opting for this mobile way of getting therapy. With mobile therapy provided by Talkspace, people are able to save a lot of money from what they would’ve gotten with therapy. They can also get online therapy at a higher frequency than with the older way of therapy. For one thing, going to the office takes a…

Top 5 Health Insurance Secrets

Saving Money On Healthcare Politics have made healthcare a greater nightmare than it has ever been in the United States. The ACA was a disaster, thankfully it’s on the way out—but it’s not gone yet. What you want to do is look for health insurance you can afford. Following are several tips to help. 1: Alternative Solutions Many don’t realize there are still quite a few healthcare solutions that aren’t of the ACA variety. In the Christian community, many use Medi-Share, which can cut monthly healthcare costs in half. If you were paying $1k for healthcare every month, you might save $6k a year with such a solution. Other groups characterize additional healthcare solutions across the market. If your current healthcare costs are too high, start looking for less expensive solutions. Most healthcare expenses have an artificiality to their high cost. As in: pharmaceuticals and politics falsely inflate them. You…

Budgeting like a pro: how to successfully keep costs down

Deciding how and when we spend our money can be difficult — especially when there’s so much out there to buy, from fancy dinners to the new and latest fashion trends. Not only that, but we all make New Year’s resolutions, and they can often be disastrous, with 80% of people failing by February and regretting it instantly — have you managed to stick to yours? One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to cut down on spending, and although this sounds achievable, if you don’t have a fully-pledged strategy in place, the likeliness of failure spirals out of control. Our spending patterns all add up, especially with the amount of unexpected expenses that occur throughout our lives — from broken boilers to a hike in our car insurance. It all adds up. For that reason, we’ve made some assessments on how those extra savings can come in…

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