Well, my Wedding on a Tight Budget, Part 2 was to be about crayons but I was not able to get the photo I needed yesterday, so I am postponing it until I do. Today’s post will be about stocking up on paper and plastic products for the Reception. Hubby asked me to give him an idea of all the things we still need to pay for before the May wedding. My mind started turning and I wondered what all I could get out of our regular grocery budget so that it would not have to be added to that wedding budget for him. As I thought about the Reception, I realized that I could start getting all the paper and plastic products we would need for the Reception out of my regular weekly budget. By doing it a little bit at a time each week, my grocery budget would not scream and I could get everything we need by May. So, here is my plan:
Each week, I will stop by Sam’s and purchase ONE box or bag of paper or plastic products that we will need. This last week, I purchased a bag of Clear Plastic Cups for $7.96. This 196 count bag of 9 ounce cups are perfect for Punch. Well, being that my daughter wants a Southern Style Reception, we will be serving Sweet Tea instead of Punch. Yes, we will have unsweet tea (or leaf water, as my daughter calls it) for those who don’t like sugar, but I digress… As you can see, $7.96 is not that big of a chunk out of my regular food budget. As I looked at all the paper and plastic products at Sam’s, I got really excited as I realized that I could do this! I can get all of the cups, dinner plates, dessert plates, forks, spoons and napkins way before May! An extra $10 out of my weekly budget is not going to make much of a difference but it will make a huge difference by May when we don’t have to fork over $120 – $140 all at once to get all paper and plastic products we need for the Reception! So, start now! Get a little at a time. Sometimes, we look at $7.96 and think, that’s not going to help, but when you look at the big picture in the end, the $7.96 each week adds up and will make the final weeks of wedding planning a whole lot less stressful!
I can’t help but think about the tortoise and the hare…the tortoise may be slow, but he wins because he is consistent and does not give up. Remember, first get a plan. You can’t start purchasing items for the Reception early if you do not have a plan of what you will serve. Then, get going. Shop early, shop often and stock-up and remove lots of last minute preparation stress by being prepared.Pin It