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mailing lists to subscribe to while planning your wedding

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mailing lists to subscribe to while planning your wedding

It’s no surprise that weddings are expensive, and any way to reduce spending is well appreciated by everyone. (Well, everyone except perhaps this bride.) To protect my inbox (and my sanity,) when I started planning, I set up a dedicated inbox to use for communicating with vendors or people involved in planning to keep everything better organized and all in one place. I highly recommend doing this! Whether you have a domain-based email for your wedding website, or just create a new, free Gmail address, it cuts down the disorganization and crazy-making promotional emails in your main inbox.

Especially with Black Friday/Cyber Monday coming up, it’s a good time to set that inbox up and subscribe to any stores or vendors you’ve been eyeing products from. You never know if they’ll choose this month to deeply discount your perfect wedding band or aisle rugs!

Be sure to sign up for eBates as well to earn cash back on all your online shopping!

Dresses, Suits, and Shoes



Stationery (Save-the-Dates, Invitations, Thank You Cards)

Some others that are worth subscribing to would be your venue, caterers, or photographers you’re interested in – you never know when they might get in the promo code for wedding game!

What mailing lists are you subscribing to to save some money on your wedding or reception?

October 27, 2019

helpful holiday shopping hacks

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Holiday shopping season is in full effect now, and it can be an expensive for last-minute shoppers. I thought I’d share some of my new and old favorite ways to save both online and in-store. These tips are great all year – no need to save just during a few winter months each year!

I’ve no doubt blogged about Swagbucks ad naseum at this point, but it’s because it’s my favorite way to save not only on Christmas presents, but on every day purchases all year. When you use them as your search engine (or take advantage of their other points-earning opportunities, like taking surveys, watching videos, playing games, or online shopping) you have the chance to win points, which you can then redeem for gift cards, cash back, or prizes. I almost always go for the Amazon gift card (although I do occasionally opt for a little Starbucks treat) and use my gift card balance to buy gifts or groceries (PrimePantry is a must-have, folks!) Start searching at Swagbucks now – when you sign up with a referral code, you’ll get additional points added to your account. this is a newer one for me, and to be honest, I’d forgotten that I’d even set it up until they sent me a message letting me know that there had been a price drop on the laptop stand I ordered at Amazon. It works by scanning your email inbox to look for online prices, then reaching out to the retailer on your behalf when there’s a lower price available for a product you’ve purchased. I was a bit surprised that it took so long to see a refund because I order from Amazon fairly regularly (but maybe because I often use camelcamelcamel, I order when the prices are low anyway,) but hey! A few more bucks back in the Amazon gift card bank to churn somewhere else.

eBates is my first stop when online shopping, because it’s a super easy way to get cash back on purchases just by starting your shopping trip through eBates’ link, rather than the retailer’s direct website. Because they’ve started airing commercials on TV, this one isn’t such a little secret anymore, but it’s still a great one – I’ve gotten nearly $200 back over the few years I’ve been using it! They also display lots of promo codes for additional savings as well. (If you’d rather accumulate this to be wrapped up in your Swagbucks balance, they offer a similar “points”back system when starting your shop through their search.)

RetailMeNot has gone downhill a bit for me in the past year or so, or maybe stores aren’t offering as many discounts as they did previously. At any rate, it’s easy to whip out your phone while waiting in line to do a quick search on their mobile app or website for an in-store or online coupon!

What are your favorite ways to save, at the holidays or anytime? I’m always looking to pad that savings account!

November 9, 2015

FabFitFun Summer 2014 First Impressions

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fabfitfun summer 2014

This summer I decided to splurge on my first two subscription boxes, and the first arrived while I was away in Michigan: the FabFitFun VIP box. To be honest, this one was a real impulse buy – I have been wanting the MustHave box, but found a better coupon for FabFitFun, so I ordered it. I thought I’d give a quick first impressions post since I probably won’t break open a lot of the products until after I move to prevent leaks. Off we go:

Sonya Dakar Flash Facial: At $95, this was the “big ticket” item in the box and nothing I would ever splurge on in real life. I won’t use this until I move, but I was almost out of my facial cleanser anyway, so it was a nice inclusion.

pur~lisse pur~protect SPF 30: Let’s first address how much I hate the use of the “~” in branding. Now that that’s taken care of, I have used this and do like it. It’s light enough to wear under makeup and kept my face from getting sunburned out on the lake. Again, I would never spend $55 on sunscreen (it’s hard enough for me to spend $10 on it,) but I liked getting another useful item.

Thursday Friday Away Mini Clutch/Makeup Bag: Here’s where things began to go off the rails for me. I have always thought these things were HORRIBLY tacky, and when this was one of the “revealed” products, I tried to cancel. However, the print I got is actually pretty cute, and they aren’t so offensive when they’re the small clutch style vs. a large tote. The retail here is $35, and we also got $30 gift cards for the Thursday Friday website. (Since it has to be used on a $35 purchase, I will likely not use this, or I’ll save it and use to knock a Christmas present out.)

Balanced Guru No Frizz Oil: I haven’t used this product yet either but I’m very excited to since my hair tends to frizz out a little. Happy with this inclusion since it has argan, jojoba, and tamanu oils and probably smells pretty fabulous – $25.

FabFitFun Water Infuser BPA-free Water Bottle: I have wanted an infusion bottle for awhile, so I was pretty pumped about this – except that the first time I tried to open this $15 bottle, I broke it. I was at least able to fix it, but I still sort of have a complaint: while the “Grab life by the gym balls” saying is cute enough, it’s not very work-appropriate.

Zoya Nail Polish: I’m a big fan of Zoya polish so I’m happy about this inclusion and the color. The color is very summery, but it seems like the box should have come in June instead of July, because now I feel like summer is mostly over. $9.

KISSTIXX Lip Balm: these are lip balms that come in pairs with flavours that are supposed to compliment each other, but my box only had one lipstick. Womp womp. The lemon flavor I got is very potent. The listed retail is $5.99, but I saw the two-pack on clearance at Kroger yesterday for $2.50. I do like that it has SPF and it holds up very well in heat – I had it by the pool in 100+ degree weather for two days in a row and it didn’t melt at all (that alone makes a purchase worth it for me.)

POPChips: I haven’t eaten these yet because I got the sea salt and vinegar flavor. Not a fan at all. Hopefully someone at family vaca will eat them.

Slimfast Have Your Cake Meal Bar: haven’t eaten yet. Supposed to taste like vanilla cake in a 180 cal bar.

Skintimate Travel Shave Gel: Another WTF item for me. I’ll use it I guess, but I don’t typically use shaving cream (I use coconut oil.)

Always Xtra Protection Liners: I don’t get periods soo… not useful.

fabfitfun summer 2014

Overall, I think the box was a good value, but I wasn’t overwhelmed by any of the items and I’ll probably cancel the subscription in lieu of the PopSugar box (which I am consistently impressed by.)

Here’s a special discount code for being one of my readers: use 1300656 to save $15 on the fall box!

July 16, 2014

How I Brought in the New Year {flu friday}

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2014 has not started out the way I had hoped.


I woke up around 3am on New Year’s Eve with a sore throat. No matter, I thought, it’s just scratchy. I also had body aches, but I had gone to BodyPUMP two days in a row and really increased the weight, so I tried attributing it to that, ignoring the fact that a friend had confirmed flu and I had seen her all weekend. By the time I woke up at 7, I couldn’t ignore it anymore, and just kept thinking about how NP described the flu to me. I knew I had it and called her. I ended up getting on Tamiflu quickly and beating the worst of it (I even found a Tamiflu coupon! who knew) but I still spent two days doing nothing but laying down and drinking water and Vernor’s (and eating everything in sight – when I’m sick, I get much hungrier than normal. I’ve always been this way, it’s strange). At least I had a full day of Michigan sports on New Year’s. My roommates saw a new side of me during the Winter Classic. I threw things. It was not cute.

I was excited to start a run streak, to go to classes on my days off that I don’t ever get a chance to go to because of work, and do a major grocery shop to get my food right before Tink and Dietbet. Alas, it was not to be. But it’s okay! I will feel better soon and be back in the gym and while I may not have a 31 day active streak for January, 2014 can’t possibly get any worse than it started… right? 😉

January 3, 2014

It’s electrifying! Electric Run Preview {fitness friday + discount code}

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Something I talk about a lot is my love of music and dance. I sing and dance everywhere I can – at work, at home, on the treadmill watching Glee… I also love EDM. Sometimes it gets a bad rap, but I had one of the best times of my life at the Electric Forest festival back home – so I was SUPER excited to find out about Electric Run: Electric Run is the Nation’s Premier Nighttime 5k run/walk experience, where the participants are an integrated part of the show. Featuring immersive “Lands” of light and sound that transport the participant into an electric wonderland, Electric Run promises to transport the mind, body and soul to a new world in a healthy and drug-free way. Participants are encouraged to join in on the art by lighting up with glow sticks, LEDs and anything else their imagination can conjure up. It’s like two of my loves met and had a baby and I get to dress up in anything that glows, listen to awesome music, and run through crazy worlds! Check out the video:

Unlike a lot of music festivals, Electric Run’s focus is on health and celebration which is perfect for me since part of my running philosophy is that it should be a joyful, celebratory experience! (I have no idea who I have become – a year ago I HATED running!) Walkers are welcomed and encouraged at these events, as well as strollers and kids. They offer a group discount for teams of 4 or more, so round up your friends, family, co-workers, or the person you compete against on the treadmill every day and sign up together!

I seriously can’t wait. Come run in Virginia Beach with me on October 11 and use the code “DESILOVE” at checkout to save 10% on your registration!

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

August 16, 2013