Last week when I shared my engagement photos and mentioned that I may turn this blog into a non-PF blog, I got some concerns from readers who expressed that they would really like me to continue with my financial posts. Well, no worries, I’m not going anywhere. I may not share my net worth in all its detail anymore, but I won’t be turning this into a “This is the real MPP” anytime soon.
The truth is, ever since I moved here and got engaged, it’s been hard to write about my financial journey because frankly it’s really boring. I am the robot who, like clockwork, gets paid twice a month, automatically transfers money to the wedding account, and try my best to use what I have left. I personally don’t think it’s as fun as hard-core paying off debt (c’mon, that just was awesome), but I suppose I should approach it that way since I am hard-core paying for the wedding and trying to be as frugal and smart with the purchases.
So, in an effort to bring back ol’ MPP times, here’s a chart of my weddings savings since Day 1 of our engagement:
I started with my own $2,800 savings in order to cover some upfront costs (like the venue, which we paid soon after we got engaged). Every 1st and 15th of the month, $400 goes into the account. There’s a little more beyond the last green line with expenses left to purchase, but I’m not sure if I want to share my wedding date yet. My parents graciously paid for other things that aren’t on this chart, such as the dress, the alternations, and reception decorations. If I get any extra money, like my holiday bonus, or my dad reimbursing me for the invitations, then I enter it into the addition column. Pretty simple.
Right now I have about $4,000 left to spend to hire glorious a tipi, caterer, photographer, flowers and about $2,000 income to save. My hope is that I can break even with $2,800 left, which is what I originally took from my Emergency Fund.
So there you have it! My wedding saving chart. I also have a Wedding Budget tied to this sheet where I update how well we are doing according to our original budget. But that’s another chart for another day. :)
Any questions? Comments?
PS- If you’re curious what J is doing while I save for the wedding, he’s busy paying off his debt to his parents and helping me out with apartment expenses. Read more on how we came up with this plan.
I’m happy to see the return of the charts :) I’m a long-time reader, and I’d love to exchange links if you’re willing. Best of luck with the wedding planning!
Looks great!! I had a small wedding, but they sure do add up fast enough! It’s great that yours isn’t going on cc’s!
I think do whatever you want with your blog, people will read it, or not. ;) Mine is some of this and some of that. Just anything really… I figure if people want to read, they will! lol!
I’d still like to see your net worth and other financial posts that make this blog so great to read. Maybe you could introduce a personal life post once/twice a week depending on how much you post? Keep the focus on the finance if you please :)
Just my two cents. After all, it is your blog, do with it what you will.
Thanks for sharing!!! :) Gotta love charts :D
Oh and I second what Louise said – the financial stuff is great to read.