Wine & Wine: Said Yes to the $90 dress !

Happy Valentine’s Day! I’m gorging myself with some delicious chocolates and watching the Olympics tonight, as my partner is working. I’m not a big Valentine’s kinda gal, but I do love the sweets. So, even if he was here we would probably doing much of the same!

Today, I have a very Valentine’s Day appropriate Wine & Win! It’s all about how I got my wedding dress for $90. Yep, you read that right NINETY DOLLARS.

So you guessed it, I’m getting married ! Nope, no date set. Not a venue yet either. I won’t have a bridal party or a shower or a bachelorette too. In fact, we’ve decided to buck most traditions. The wedding itself will be limited to immediate family members + one of my fiancé’s best buds, that might as well be immediate family too. We know it will be at a local hotel, hopefully near the water, and other than that there’s quite a bit that is TBD.

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Wisdebther Weekly Spending 10/22/17-10/28/17

My third weekly spending has arrived! I’m liking the process and routine of it all. I block out some time every Sunday to review—usually with some wine! Then, I pay off my credit cards, tally my weekly expenses, add expenses to the month’s total, and reflect on where I am in terms of my debt. Each tiny little step is becoming slightly more exciting, liberating, and also a little scary. I think I’m finally getting to a place where I’m good at monitoring the cash flow and now I just need to get the budgeting piece down (ideally, before the debt is gone!!). I’ve mentioned previously that the food/drink area of my spending is where I struggle most. For next week’s report, you will hopefully see that I’m being more cognizant and learning from my mistakes. Without further ado, here is this week’s spending …

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Summer 2017: It’s a wrap!

 

Now that it is officially Fall, I figured I better jump my butt into gear and tie up all my Summer loose ends.  First up, personal life, followed by $$$$$! Disclaimer, this post is a ‘hodge podge’ of sorts and much heavier on the personal stuff than money.

Personal Life: 

August was a high point of the summer. There was 2 weddings + Vacation!

The first August wedding took me near my hometown and alma mater up in the Boston area. I took off Thursday and Friday in order to have ample time to visit with family and childhood friends. On Friday, my mom threw a casual get together with our close family friends and their “kids”. “Kids” because they are definitely not children anymore. In fact, one of my friends is expecting her first baby this upcoming winter. I’m so excited for my friend and her husband <3!! The rest of the weekend was a whirlwind of fun. We saved some $$ by bunking with one of my college buddies in the hotel and off we went to seriously one of the most beautiful weddings. The weather was iffy with clouds and a few sprinkles, and I kid you not that after their first kiss… the sky opened! How romantic! We danced and drank the night way and less than 24 hours later we were back in Tampa.

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Wine and Win: Saying NO to clearance

This Wednesday is my Friday! Winesday is feeling extra special in my neck of the woods. Tomorrow I head north to Boston to visit family, friends, and then attend a wedding of one of my first college friends. She is super sweet and adorable and has been dating her husband to be for nearly 10 years—WOW! It’s true love y’all. I was planning to write about my latest money fail, but hey that can wait ‘til later. Instead, I want to focus on my small, but mighty money “win”. The money win is actually related to weddings, but does require a bit of backpedaling.

A few rainy Sundays ago, after drinking just a little too much the night before (recovery periods for this 29 year old are approximately 48 hours), I realized that there was no way in hell I was making it to the mall. I was however, completely capable of shopping from my couch. I was failing hardcore until my boyfriend saved the day and found a dress on clearance from Rent the Runway. I had never used Rent the Runway previously. Honestly, I was always pretty frightened given that my short stature and lady curves make shopping of all kinds tricky. To top it off, the dress was final sale. It was a risk, but I did due diligence. Luckily, the site provides tons and tons of reviews and a plethora of pictures, so I was able to make the $100 purchase with confidence, albeit shaky.

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Summer wardrobe + Student debt

The clock is ticking. The unofficial start to summer, Memorial Day, is almost upon us. The Type-A, planning type that I am means that I’m revving up for the season to come. Personally, this equates to a few upcoming work trips, but more importantly THREE weddings of college friends + ONE bachelorette. It’s going to be a great summer!

My clothing spending has been slim since 2017 began. I invested in a new pair of running sneakers and a pair of workout pants in January, and a replacement black cardigan in February (a wardrobe staple!!). Aside from those few things, I spent nothing! Part of this has to do with the fact that I recently started a job where I work from home. I have the luxury of rolling out of bed and wearing whatever I want.  But, to be honest it usually feels good to change into something somewhat civilized. I don’t know what it is, but it just gets my mind in the game for work mode. “Civilized” for me is nothing fancy, a t-shirt, jeans, casual dress, some sandals, etc. Regardless, I’m totally winning in the work wardrobe department.

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