Tips for Saving Money on Your Honeymoon

Your honeymoon is supposed to be a memory that you cherish for many, many years. It’s a memory that you’ll want to share with your children and their children. Your honeymoon should be just as romantic as the story you tell of how the two of you first met and fell and love, and how the proposal took place. But sometimes money can get in the way of things, slowly stripping away your ideals of what you wanted you honeymoon to be like initially. To help you save money for a memorable honeymoon, follow these tips.

Look for Last-Minute Deals

If you’re not aware of the last-minute deals that are offered for cruises, then you are definitely missing out. Those who would like to spend their honeymoon on a gorgeous cruise line can afford to do so if they don’t mind waiting until the last minute (which is typically weeks away from departure date) to book their tickets. Also, the room you get won’t likely have a view, but at least you get to enjoy all of the same things that everyone else does!

Book Your Travel through a Deal Site

You can find deals on hotels, rental cars and even airline tickets by using travel sites like Hotwire.com. By booking everything in one place, you save the headache of keeping track of everything. This type of site also allows you to shop for the best rates, so that you can go as cheap as you want, without sacrificing quality.

Take a Road Trip

If you don’t mind hitting the road with your new spouse, you can plan for a road trip getaway, rather than flying across the nation or world. Depending on where you live, the two of you can head to the mid-west or to the coast to enjoy beautiful beaches.

 

Your honeymoon is what you make of it. So keep in mind that it’s not about where you go, but who you’re going with — and that’s the love of your life. Enjoy your trip and nothing else will matter. To find further discounts for hotwire.com and other travel businesses, visit Groupon Coupons to browse through over 50,000 coupons.

Free Activities that are Free to Do

Are you on a tight budget and have cut out so many pay-to-do activities? Check out these nine free activities that are, well, free!

Participate in a Library Event

No matter if it’s for education or entertainment, the library has hosts of activities free to the public. Some city libraries have free passes for family’s to enjoy a day at a museum, zoo, or other city educational attractions.

Go to the Concert in the Park Night

Many cities offer a free concert or movies in the park night. Here, all you’ll need is to bring your blanket and a few snacks to enjoy a free night out. These are typically held in the summertime, and many are open for kids to enjoy as well. Either way, it’s plenty of room for them to run about should they get bored.

Host a Movie Marathon

If you don’t want to travel far, consider hosting a movie marathon at home with a group of close friends. You can supply a movie from your collection or stream free movies online. Your friends can all bring a dish or favorite snack as well.

Host a Clothing Swap Party

Another free activity is to clean up around your home. You can get rid of old clothes you no longer need. To make it a fun activity, invite a few friends over. Make it a clothing swap party. This is perfect for friends who have kids in various age ranges.

Host a Beauty Day

You and your friends may have many talents. Each of you can think of the perfect makeover you specialize in. Each person can partake in giving facials, manicures/pedicures, massages, or applying makeup.

Start a Blog

Are you interested in expressing your feelings? Start a blog for free today. It takes only a few moments to get a free blog set up on Blogger or WordPress. It’s fun to do and you can even monetize it in the future should you choose.

Work on a DIY Activity

If you love crafts or just want to get a few things accomplished around your home, go ahead and work on a DIY activity. A few craft ideas include:

  • Painting furniture
  • Wall art
  • Storage space ideas

Learn a New Skill Online

Since you have free time, why not learn a new skill? Check out online sites such as YouTube, Khan Academy, and Udemy for free videos that teach you how to do practically anything. Learn how to draw, brush up on a particular software skill, or learn how to start a business.

Prep Meals for the Week

Are you looking for a way to be more productive with meal time? How about prepping your meals for the week. If you have most of your items, freezer meals make an excellent choice. These meals include preparing soups, casseroles, and meat dishes. If you plan them right, the meals are healthy and affordable.

The above nine activities are perfect to do when you need to save some serious money. You can find more advice in this article here. They are fun, don’t require much work, and something you may do.

Why Paper Checks Aren’t Dead and a Great Place to Get Them

Hardly anyone I know uses paper checks unless it’s absolutely necessary anymore. In fact, it takes me several months to use a pad of 30 checks even though I have many regularly occurring monthly bills to pay. Despite my only occasional use of paper checks, I don’t think they’ll be going away entirely anytime soon. Here are a couple of reasons why the paper check isn’t dead yet.

Floating Your Account

Lots of people, myself included, use paper checks to “float” their account for a day or two. The time between when you write and mail, or hand over, a check to when the transaction is recorded to your checking account can be as much as 5 business days, or more if it’s somewhere that doesn’t deposit to the bank very often.

This can be helpful if you have a troublesome monthly cash flow. For instance, most people’s home mortgage is one of the biggest bills they pay and it’s due on the first of each month. But some employers pay bi-weekly rather than on the first and fifteenth of each month. This means that sometimes people haven’t gotten their paycheck yet when their mortgage is due. If payday falls only a day or two behind the first of the month, they can usually successfully float their account while still having paid their mortgage bill on time.

A Paper Trail

Some people prefer to have an exact paper trail to follow for all of their transactions. Writing paper checks is a good way to create a paper trail that you can follow later, especially if you have duplicate checks. Duplicate checks allow you to have an automatic copy of every check your write. They also allow you to wait before recording your transaction on your check register without having to save your receipt or remember the exact total you spent.

Now that you know why paper checks can still be helpful from time to time, let’s talk about how ordering checks online rather than through your banking institution is something to consider.

Self-Expression

I no longer order checks directly through my banking institution because they are very limited in what designs you can choose for your checks. I like to have fun printed checks that allow me to express myself every time I write one. There are also checks you can purchase to help support various charities or causes you believe in. Sometimes banking institutions don’t offer all of these choices.

Price and Speed of Delivery

Another reason I choose not to order checks through my bank is because they are way more expensive than when I order checks online through a check printing company. Oftentimes these companies offer special discounts for ordering multiple boxes of checks, or they throw in some free return address labels that match your new checks. Plus ordering checks online seems to get them to my home faster than when I order them through my bank, which is great if you procrastinate and wait to order until you are nearly out of checks.

Do you still use paper checks? Where do you order yours from?