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Sickness, Grocery Score, and Wedding Updates

March 1st, 2016 at 08:14 am

I've been ridiculously sick these past two weeks. Here's hoping it goes away soon. I went grocery shopping Sunday with the money set aside for March's groceries. I spent $143 out of the $300 set aside for the month, but I think we may actually be pretty close to $300 because of an amazing deal. DF and I are carnivores. We're well aware that cutting meat out will make our grocery budget more manageable, but neither of us feels full without a meat in the meal. One of my local grocery stores occasionally runs a deal with 4 family meals for $20. This time, it was two huge chicken breasts, beef tips for stew, 5 burgers, and lemon pepper wings/drumsticks. I bought two multi-packs for $40 and repackaged it into smaller Ziploc meals for the two of us. All told, we'll get 18 meals out of it. The chicken breasts were also half off, so I got another pack of those for 5 more meals. That with the tuna and emergency pizzas should more than get us through March.

Looking at the wedding budget, I'm feeling more and more confident that we can handle it. All told, we'll have spent way more than I ever would have thought on a wedding (pushing 30k), but I'm at peace with it for two reasons: 1) I only get one of these suckers, so I'm going to make it super memorable and 2) it's a great feeling to know that DF and I made it happen almost entirely on our own. We did receive one very generous cash gift from DF's parents and they gifted us our accommodations for the week saving another several hundred. I know that whether it's a big to-do or a more intimate ceremony, we'll still be married, but I'm very pleased with the way it's shaping up, even if it is expensive.

5 Responses to “Sickness, Grocery Score, and Wedding Updates”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Sorry you are not feeling well. May you heal quickly.

  2. Jenn Says:

    It makes me cringe to think of you spending that much money on your wedding when your EF could use it, but personal finance is PERSONAL, and if you think it's worth it, then it will be for you. I hope you feel well soon.

  3. Debt-free by Thir-ty Says:

    Jenn, I'm not going to lie. Some days I still cringe at how much it is, but DF and I are ready to take this next step and want to do it our way. Our first goal after the wedding is to tackle the rest of our consumer debt and beef up the emergency fund. We both agreed that we wouldn't build a family until we were in a much more stable position since we both just leapt into the wedding.

  4. klarose Says:

    I'm with Jenn. I could almost pay off my house with that much money. lol. I can't even image what a 30k wedding would look like, or how I would spend that much. Mine was about $3,000 I believe, and I had a full catered meal for 250 people, decorations, etc. I just don't understand what costs so much. Would you be willing to post a budget for the wedding? I am super curious at the expenses are, it would be neat to see and compare to my own expenses. Hope you feel better soon!

  5. Debt-free by Thir-ty Says:

    I have no problem posting a breakdown. Our wedding is destination, so there's also flights, car, and lodging. I don't have my budget on me, but from memory, the venue is about 8k (includes cake, flowers, officiant, tables, chairs, and dishware), catering is 6k, photographer is 1600, videographer is 1100, DJ is 1020,dress is 200, alterations 500, gifts were about 1k. Rentals were 1k. There's a lot more I'm missing. After the wedding, I'll post the final numbers.

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