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How To Save Money As A Wedding Guest

During the summer, some folks, especially Millennials, will spend their weekends at countless weddings, which means shelling out lots of money, and we’re not talking just on the gifts. A recent American Express Spending & Saving Tracker reported that wedding guests will likely shell out $703 per wedding, while Millennials will spend $893.

Wedding guest expenses run the gamut from the actual gift, to clothing, dining out around the wedding, not to mention travel expenses. So, how do you get through wedding season without breaking the bank? Here are a few tips:

  • Just say no – Believe it or not, it’s okay to decline an invitation, whether it be to a person’s shower, engagement party or the actual wedding. Look over your finances, and if you simply can’t afford all the celebrations associated with someone’s big day, politely decline. Even if you still decide to send a gift, it will be cheaper than if selled out all the other expenses.
  • Don’t stick to the registry – Sure, brides and grooms register for gifts so they get exactly what they want, but why should that keep you from shopping around to get the best price for that item. It’s okay to do some bargain hunting to see if you could get the same gift for a cheaper price, or use coupons or discounts to save you some bucks.
  • Don’t wait until the last minute to book travel – If you know you’re going to have to travel to a wedding, don’t wait until the last minute to book your accommodations. Start looking into ways to save money on airfare and hotels. While couples may hold a set of rooms at a hotel, no one says you have to stay there. Try looking around to see if you can find something in the area that’s cheaper, or maybe look to see if there’s another guest you can share with to cut down on the cost.

Source: USA Today

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