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How To Hire The Right Caterer For Your Next Event : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #2 Sept 12-18

THERE’S LOTS TO THINK ABOUT WHEN HIRING A CATERER.   I’m a guy who loves to cook but for smaller crowds. If you asked me to cater an event there’s no way I’d keep up because I simply can’t handle the stress of knowing I might mess up. This is where hiring a caterer comes in handy. The catering business is a big business all over the world because food is love and when there is a special event the caterer is there to ease the stress of the day. Catering is a hard-core business with competition fighting for top spot to take charge of your event. Over the last month I’ve received 2 emails from fans asking me about budgets and catering events they were planning so I thought I would address how to hire the right caterer and some budgeting tips. There are two types of caterers In-house or On Premises Catering (Food is prepared in-house) Off-Premises Catering (Food is brought in) The only reason catering may not be an option for your event is because of a low-budget or availability. Catering comes with a price tag similar to getting restaurant service or fast-food. You get what you […]

How To Save Money Buying Fresh Flowers

The Power Of Flowers Is Priceless   From roses and tulips to orchid’s and pansies, flowers have a powerful way of brightening someone’s day. Whether you are celebrating an anniversary, a birthday or you just simply want to make someone smile, the beauty and fragrance concealed in a single flower can easily turn a bad day into a better one. As with many gifts, unless you are pulling flowers from your garden, gifting flowers to someone will cost you some money. How much money you will spend…that is your choice.   Flowers ARE for everyone   As we all know, Valentine’s Day is the biggest sales day of the year for most florists. Showing others that you care does not need to be limited to your significant other or to only one day a year. Flowers are often sent to family and friends who are grieving the loss of someone, a way of saying congratulations or simply just to make someone feel better. Another massive event is a wedding and just about every wedding has flowers so it’s important to do your homework when searching for the perfect flowers to showcase and for your wedding bouquet and bridesmaid bouquet. Related: […]

Fondant Fancies- Iced Sponge Cakes

  FANCY UP ANY HOLIDAY OR SPECIAL OCCASION   This year for Christmas and New Years I wanted to make a few fancier smaller cakes so I decided to make Fondant Fancies. Fondant Fancies are individual sponge cakes also known as French Fancies back in the UK and Ireland where they were introduced in 1967 under the name Mr. Kipling. Mr Kipling is a brand of cakes, pies and baked goods marketed in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It was introduced in May 1967 (at a time when cakes were more often bought from local bakers), to sell cakes of a local baker’s standard to supermarkets, and grew to become the United Kingdom’s largest cake manufacturer by 1976- WIkipedia Related: Nicola’s Cinnamon Meringue Petit Fours These fondant fancies are small bite size sponge cakes that have marzipan on the top then covered in fondant icing. You can also drizzle icing designs on top of your fondant fancies to help distinguish what type of cake it is or what is inside the layered sponge cake. The great thing about the Fondant Fancies are that they are bite-size and you can be as creative as you’d like with them for any occasion. […]

Couple Cancelled Wedding and Used $3000 Stag Party Cash For Debt

EVERY GOOD PARTY HAS AN ENDING   Unfortunately for this guy his stag party ended with excitement but his wedding never brought him to the alter. Every year couples get married but before the big day they may hold a party to raise money for the wedding. Some people are against being asked to participate in funding a wedding by attending a Stag Party (for men), Hen Party (for women) or a party for everyone also known as a Stag and Doe or Jack and Jill. There are no shortage of names for these kinds of money-raising events which consist of lots of drinking and plenty of fun games. That’s only the first stage because there may also be a wedding shower, Bachelor Party, Bachlorette Party and so on mainly orchestrated by the wedding party, family or friends. Some pre-wedding events are merely just getting out for the last time as a single male or female and partying with your friends. Personally I didn’t go out with my mates or have a Stag Party. My wife and I were pretty low-key about our wedding and saved the money ourselves, although it was a frugal wedding to begin with. A Stag […]

Savings competitions helped couple save $20k to buy a house

MONEY COMPETITIONS CAN BE FUN   I’ll admit that I was always the competitive type growing up because I wanted to be successful at whatever I did. When I did participate in something I did it to the best of my ability and tried to surpass any goals that I set for myself. I could easily say money is a big part of my life in the sense that we need it to survive so I compete to keep earning it while building my career. I don’t challenge myself to earn a certain amount of money although we do set financial goals for ourselves. If it happens, it happens but we do live a frugal lifestyle and use a budget to help the process along. If I didn’t push myself to live each day to the max my life would be boring. My wife would never be surprised with the special things I do for her to make her day easier. Our son would not have the dad that goes above and beyond for him if I didn’t have some form of competitive nature in me. I want the best for my family so I work hard for them every […]

Engaged? Five money conversations to have before you say ‘I do’

IMPORTANT TALKS TO HAVE   You just got engaged. Congratulations! It’s a busy and exciting time full of planning for the future. But in the midst of choosing bouquet flowers and planning the honeymoon, the one thing you can’t neglect talking about before you tie the knot is money.For a lot of people, money isn’t something they enjoy discussing. As someone who is newly engaged, maybe you haven’t had many conversations about money with your partner before. It’s time to start talking. Financial stress is one of the leading causes of divorce, so if you want to retain the blissful happiness you feel as an engaged couple, it’s important to get on the same page about finances early.I got engaged in June 2013 and married my husband in June 2014. It was a whirlwind leading up to the wedding, but these are some of the conversations that we had before and during our engagement. Being open with one another about finances, knowing what each person expects, and understanding each other’s views on money has made our transition into married life fairly smooth.Have these five conversations while you’re engaged and you’ll help ensure a solid footing for your marriage.   The […]

How to plan your wedding flowers budget in advance

PLANNING YOUR FLORAL BUDGET   Wedding planning is an exciting time for a bride and groom-to be even though many girls have their dream wedding thought up years before the big day actually happens. Next to the wedding dress the wedding flowers are a big deal for any wedding budget. Proper wedding planning can end up saving money in some of the more expensive parts of your wedding budget. Take the time to know how much you have to spend and how much you are willing to spend in accordance with your personal tastes. There are so many things to think about when it comes to planning your wedding including your dress, the venue, guest list, menu, flowers and décor, just to name a few. If you have a tight wedding budget or simply don’t want to spend an outlandish amount of money on your wedding, making a couple of right decisions in the beginning may pay off for you in the end. My mom is a florist who over the years has worked with many brides-to-be and I am sharing below some of her tips for saving money on your wedding flowers.   Skip unnecessary planning costs   The […]

The Saturday Weekend Review #40: Nothing is free at a wedding not even being a guest

Money Can Ruin Relationships, Tread Carefully   Nothing in life is free but expectations put on guests when it’s party time especially for a wedding can get out of control like it did for these two ladies below. It’s another one of those wedding letters that a guest writes to the bride because she turns into some money hungry bride who wants her guests to pay for the extravagant wedding that they couldn’t afford. I’m always amazed at how the wedding gifts seem to be more important than the day itself. It’s probably why my wife and I never bothered with a traditional wedding or why some decide to jet off to the Dominican or other hot spot destinations to get married. I remember one of our guests gave us a hand painted tea-cup and plate and although it was simple it was a reminder of friendship and her presence at our wedding.   Wedding budget   We did not request any form of gifts from our guests and to be honest we wouldn’t have cared if they brought anything at all because we saved up the cash to pay for our entire wedding in cash with a realistic budget […]

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