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Around the blogosphere, in your backyard

Happy Friday friends and readers. My email got way backed up while I was away last week and when I was cleaning out the inbox tonight, I found a quick note from my buddy Raul with a tip on how to save money at the coffeeshop:

“Caribou Coffee charges $1.45 for ANY mug refill regardless of size (at least reasonable size), vs. getting a 20 oz large for $2.00. So greener, plus saving ~ $.55/day. Not a ton, but if you get coffee every day for a year like me, that’s $200.75 – more than enough to pay the $20 I spent on a nice good mug :).”

Thanks Raul … I know that some gas stations do that too, although last summer when I was roadtripping and filled my faux-Nalgene bottle up with Diet Mt. Dew, the guy at the counter gave me the strangest look. I just gave him a wide smile in return and paid .89 for my refill.


Even though I really don’t have a visually creative bone in my body, I’ve been really digging I’ll get a bit annoyed sometimes because I’ll see something really cool and think it will come with instructions on how to make said item, but then it will direct me to somebody’s Etsy site. I’m not in the mood to buy stuff folks – I just want to make interesting things! But what’s cool about the site is I have a ton of really neat ideas.

Love these votives: (I have soooo figured out how to make you).

The site also featured another recipe on homemade laundry detergent. To which husband said “Is it really worth it?” And probably not for a househould of two. It might be worth it when we have kids …


And finally … this one is interesting to me and I’ve been thinking a lot about this entry since I read it this morning. My Saving Advice blogging cohort David G. Mitchell wrote a very interesting and very timely article (for me, at least): “Are Weddings A Huge Waste of Money?”

Even Hubby asked me this afternoon if I had saw Mr. Mitchell’s blog and yes, I had. And yes, I’ve thought about adding a comment onto the awesome forum that has started around this question.

I’m having a hard time knowing what I would tell you guys if I had to write a rebuttal to Mr. Mitchell’s post. Our wedding was costly (and footed by my parents) and there are so many frivolous things that could have been purged from the day … And if I say that if Hubby and I had been footing the bill, it wouldn’t have been so extravagant, it almost sounds like I just do what my mother tells me. (Which is true, but only if she calls me by my full name – middle name and all. :))

I think I’m too close to the day itself to give an objective answer to Mr. Mitchell’s question. But today and for the foreseeable future, I can’t see any regrets. I just get this weird glow about me when I think about how happy my parents were, dancing with my in-laws, how my maid-of-honor told me she felt like she was losing a sister (this was during a Miley Cyrus song, mind you … I’m kind of trying to block this memory out or at least change the mental soundtrack) and just a ton of little inside moments that Hubby and I managed to sneak during the ceremony and the reception itself.

At the end of the day – we were married. And you can’t really put a price on that. And I am thankful for all of the things that were done and sacrificed by my parents for this day. (BTW – in case you were wondering, I am the baby of the family and the only daughter … there will be no repeats of this day.)

That was a pretty damn conflicted answer – my heartfelt apologies. It was one of the greatest days of my life, but it wasn’t frugal. But I like being honest with you guys whenever I can. 🙂

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3 thoughts on “Around the blogosphere, in your backyard

  1. If you argue that a wedding is a huge waste of money, then you have to argue that EVERYTHING that isn’t absolutely necessary for bare survival is a huge waste of money. Certainly you can save money on things in your wedding, and you can only spend what you really have available (thankfully for weddings, parents usually help out!)

    Yes, weddings are generally extravagant, more so than even most of the extravagant “extras” in daily life – but like you said, you can’t put a price on the memories and the experience and the people. I guess in the end, if that is not a priority to the people getting married (i.e. if you really both want to elope) then by all means, do, and save that money for something else! But if you want the wedding experience, people, memories, etc. then choose to spend your money on it and enjoy it and be happy that you did it.

    Frugality isn’t not ever spending money on non-essentials, it’s prioritizing and choosing within your means.

  2. Michele — Thanks for your thoughts on my article. I actually agree with both you and with Paul, who has commented before me on your blog piece. While it is important to think about how we spend, it is also important to spend on the things that are important to us. At the end of the day, for you it is hard to put a price on the memories that you made on your wedding day. I would never judge you or your family for spending the money that it cost for you to create those memories. Nevertheless, keep my article book marked and think about it if and when you have kids who want to get married!


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