Wedding season is upon us. Many couples who had planned to get married in 2020 put their nuptial plans on hold because of the pandemic, so 2021 has seen an increase in weddings. Budgeting for weddings is different these days, with couples planning unusual wedding venues, bigger or even multiple receptions, and more extravagant weddings to compensate for COVID-19 claustrophobia.
Spring is the time when the weather gets warmer, flowers bloom, and people get married. Spring is traditionally the wedding season, which means you may start receiving wedding invitations from friends and family. You also may be asked to be part of the wedding party. Attending weddings when you are on a budget can be challenging. However, with the right planning and a little creativity you can attend those weddings without breaking the bank.
After the pandemic lockdown of 2020 everyone is anxious to get out and explore. The vacation travel plans canceled last year are back on the calendar this year, and families are planning summer excursions. At the same time, the travel industry has changed following the COVID-19 pandemic as well. Air travel is more challenging, and hotels and rental car agencies are adjusting their fees to make up for lost revenue. If you are planning travel this year, it’s still important to know how to travel on a budget.
Summertime is family time. In the summer, the weather is fine, and the kids are out of school. It’s the ideal time to plan a family trip, but what are the best places to travel on a budget? Summer travel can be expensive, and you want to choose a destination that will please everyone but won’t break the budget.
Summer is coming, and after being cooped up indoors as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, you will undoubtedly want to get out again as soon as we're all able and enjoy the great outdoors, especially if you live in the Pacific Northwest. Those of us who do live here know that life in the Pacific Northwest has much to offer, and if you are looking for outdoor fun and summer adventure, then you have come to the right place.
Student loan debt has become a fact of life for many college graduates. Many who are planning to attend college these days will have to borrow to accommodate rising tuition fees, but statistics continue to show that a college degree gives you a career advantage. However, for many, it’s still harder than ever to prepare to pay off those student loans when you graduate and are just starting out in your chosen career.
The family vacation is the highlight of the year for many people. It’s a time to explore new places and recharge. For many people, planning a vacation is almost as fun as the trip itself, and with travel planning comes travel budgeting. Accounting for your expenses in advance and saving enough money so that you can enjoy your trip instead of worrying about how you will pay your travel bills later is important.
When changing careers, planning is everything. Whether you’re making a planned leap into your dream job or searching help wanted ads under less fortuitous circumstances, budgeting for a career transition and having some savings ready and waiting is a shrewd financial play.
Many people love making travel plans. They think of an exotic destination or a dream trip and then start planning, using the web to research airfares, hotels, restaurants, and attractions. After doing some online fantasy shopping, they may even become obsessed with finding the best deals to make that trip a reality. However, without travel budgeting, they may find that they have overspent on their vacation, or had to cut so many corners that the trip wasn’t everything they hoped it would be. Although travel planning may be exciting, travel budgeting may be the last thing you want to do. But if you take the time to calculate your spending in advance, you can have a better travel experience without worrying about emptying your bank account.
Have you always dreamed of owning a home but felt you couldn’t afford it? There are many possibilities, and owning a home is within reach! Chances are that even with your current household budget, you can put aside enough savings for a down payment on a house in one or two years, maybe even less. It’s all a matter of how you manage your money.