First off, congratulations to my lovely friend Clare who got married on Sunday – she looked amazing!
Secondly, I am writing this article at ten to one in the morning, having just finished writing up 5 articles for work. I am extremely chipper for this time of night and this is for a variety of reasons.
These past few weeks have seen both me and Steve take a step back and really assess our finances and see just how realistic we are being when it comes to giving ourselves enough time and money to plan our wedding. Although I especially have been focused on saving money and paying debts where possible (even starting KOS!), Steve has been a little reluctant. However, this all seems to have changed.
I have been getting frequent writing work and it is often well paid too. Steve, as I have mentioned before, recently got a promotion and he is, in fact, at an interview sometime today for an even higher position. This position is much better pay and closer to home meaning that not only would Steve be earning more but he’d also be saving more when it came to petrol! Steve had also been stuck on emergency tax since he started the job in May – he has now finally started to see some of it trickle back in which has come at just the right time! Our car has been off the road for a while now and we have been using my MIL’s car in the interim. Whilst it is good for getting Steve to work, it is quite tiny and also guzzles petrol like there is no tomorrow – so Steve is getting the car sorted once and for all.
We have also cut down on all manners of items – Steve managed to halve his phone bill and actually get unlimited everything compared to the caps he had on the more expensive bill! Our internet is cheaper now and we even managed to get our utilities down too!
Just writing this down is making me feel so positive about where my life is heading. We may finally get to start properly planning the wedding in 2014 and hopefully this series can reach its full potential!
30 weeks (give or take where I missed a few) of Wedding Planning Wednesday. Planning has stalled recently as I have been focusing my attention on other things, however that does not mean all wedding related things have passed me by.
Today I wanted to share with you some fantastic Pinterest boards to follow – these are definitely keeping me inspired!
It seems as though wedding fairs seem to shut down for the winter which I think is a shame, especially as I now have much more free time than I did in the summer. My best friend also goes on maternity leave on Saturday and we are going to be wedding planning buddies (she recently got engaged and is my maid of honour).
I have spent the majority of this wedding planning week perusing various wedding blogs, websites and Pinterest but have been good in the not pinning stakes – when I normally seek out wedding pins, I can be there for hours and probably irritate the majority of my followers by pinning so many things in such a small space of time.
I haven’t got anything new to report in the planning stakes – apart from adding a little bit to the savings pot (and I mean a very small amount), nothing much else has happened. I have, however, signed up to a couple of money making/money saving challenges on MSE that start on the 1st of November – since I am at home, I figured why not make use of every spare moment I get? I have Jack, housework and my freelance writing to do (and blogging, of course) but I still get those times when I’m slumped on the sofa and I could be doing something more productive like making some money somehow! That also leads me onto another point..
I want to introduce you to my brand new blog – Keene On Saving. This blog is where I will share our financial journey from saving money to making money and everything in between. There will definitely be plenty of wedding posts on there come the new year but don’t fear, I won’t be stopping Wedding Planning Wednesday on here!
I’d really appreciate it if you could support me and perhaps go and follow KOS? It is a brand new venture for me and I am excited to see where it goes 🙂
This week, I have done NOTHING in the way of wedding planning *shock horror*. Yes, I run a series called Wedding Planning Wednesday and haven’t done even the slightest thing in the past seven days.
What I have been doing is figuring a way to save for this wedding. You all know that life has been a little tough financially for us but we are finally setting ourselves on the straight and narrow and I’ve been focused on that – cutting back wherever possible. I found a great new blog: Budget, Budget, Budget – Claire has challenged herself to feed her family for just £25 a week. I have joined her Facebook group and it already has over 1000 members, each sharing their tips. I am now becoming quite the regular on the MSE forums (namely Swagbucks, I must admit) and am really taking inspiration from all of these things.
I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders and I can finally start planning this wedding with a clear head – it feels amazing!
Sorry for the quick post but since I haven’t got any wedding mumbo jumbo to say, I may as well not waffle on! One last thing to say though: I have been working on a surprise over the past few days and will be revealing it next week hopefully!
Time will tell!
Don’t forget to link up your wedding related posts!
Although we’ve had to push the date back (and still haven’t got another date set in stone), I am actually starting to feel a little more positive about everything. Steve has taken a promotion, we are actually managing to pay things off without going overdrawn – it isn’t as much of a struggle anymore. That doesn’t mean that we won’t still be budgeting for things but it does mean the stress eases off a little.
I am going to be setting up another savings account for our wedding fund. I do already have a savings account but the interest rate isn’t fantastic and since we will hopefully be saving up for a few different things (after paying off all remaining debts), then it makes sense to have a few different accounts to deposit money into.
I am also planning to do a few more budgeting/saving posts on the blog, I really hope you will be interested. I am also aiming to start getting some wedding related crafting done. My best friend goes on maternity leave very soon and since she is engaged as well, you can imagine what most of our days are going to revolve around.
This isn’t much of a post this week, as I really don’t have much to say. However, I would love to know what wedding progress you have made this week!