I have to admit, I’m not the greatest bargain shopper! In fact, I kind of suck at bargain shopping! Whilst shopping, a lot of individuals have a filter that say, “No, don’t buy it. It’s too expensive and not worth it.” My filter, on the other hand, says, “You like it so much, you better buy it before it’s gone.” And well, that obviously does not make for a good money saving technique. Eek!
While planning and saving for my wedding hasn’t fully shifted my money spending habits, it’s definitely helped me to be more frugal (especially since I’ve got eight bridesmaids to think about)! With that said, this Wedding Wednesday post are about my two favorite and go-to places for my online wedding shopping, ETSY & EBAY, and some other tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way.
ETSY // Ahh yes. :) I think every girl and their moms know what etsy.com is! If you look in my wedding binder, you’ll find receipts and invoices galore from dear old Etsy! The hugest pro to this site, in my opinion, is that they have very cute, unique, and one-of-a-kind items. When it comes to price, I find that it ranges, from dirt cheap to pretty darn expensive! BUT, my favorite thing? Because Etsy’s not some huge, corporate big wig and you’re dealing with actual individual “store” owners, it’s easier to work out a deal, or customize your items further.
While I haven’t ordered or worked out a deal that I’ve actually followed through on, I’ve messaged, or in Etsy lingo, started a conversation with a bunch of dress makers in regards to my bridesmaids dresses. And each and every one of them were happy to give me a discount of some sort! Whether it be $10 off per dress OR 10% off my entire order, I’m still saving. And that’s the beauty of it. :) Now instead of $100, I pay $90 and save $10 to buy something else. :)
EBAY // Similar to Etsy, eBay is great for bargaining AND finding items that are hard to find elsewhere! The eBay community is so large, someone’s bound to offer what you’re looking for. Last week, for example, I found this crazy, adorable photo on Pinterest. The bride and her bridesmaids had gigantic paper roses as their bouquets. I fell instantly in love. I found a blog on how to make the flowers myself and thus, went off in search for the needed materials. I think I literally searched every nook and cranny of the world wide web and for the most part, proved fruitless. :( And then, low and behold, I found ONE person who offered teal crepe paper sheets on Etsy! I lucked out, as each set offered 6 sheets of crepe paper (I needed four). Each set was $10.75 and the shipping was $1.75… So $12.50 total, for one rose. After doing the math, I was a little hesitant to order more sets for my bridesmaids, as the total would’ve run me close to $100. So I messaged the seller and asked if she would give me a discount, since I’d be ordering so many sets. She said she’d happily give me $1 off each set. Then, I came to the realization that I actually only needed to order 4 sets of sheets, since my bridesmaid’s bouquets would be smaller than mine. I asked if she would still offer me the discount although I would only be ordering 4 sets and she did! I saved $4, but with that $4, I was able to buy two rolls of washi tape for my guest books!
SHOPPING.GOOGLE.COM // When I’m having difficulty finding items that I need (it just dawned on me that I must be really picky, because I’m always having trouble looking for items!), I turn to shopping.google.com. Why? Because it’s a metasearch engine, that pulls from a million websites and shows you the results in one place. The other day, for example, I was looking for aqua footwear (for myself of course). And none of the sites I was looking at were really giving me results. FRUSTRATING! Finally, I jumped onto Google and aqua shoes galore! I found a few prospectives, pinned them, and went on my merry way! I promise, this site will save you from a huge headache! A couple more awesome things about browsing through this engine? It allows you to find similar items to what you’re looking for and it allows you to compare prices for same items.
RETAIL ME NOT // Coupons ARE YOUR BEST FRIEND. While it’s hard to find coupons for sites such as Etsy and eBay, more often than not, you’re bound to find coupons for other stores. While I was searching for my wedding fonts, I found one that I really liked on myfonts.com. While they were pretty inexpensive, I still wanted to see if I could save a buck and sure enough, I could. I ended up saving 10% off my entire order. Which equated to two bucks and change, but as I mentioned before, that two bucks could’ve boughten me more washi tape or even a sample of a wedding sash. I even found a coupon for 20% off on JCPenney.com which would’ve worked out perfectly, if I had decided to buy a pair of aqua shoes. :) retailmenot.com has literally, the loads, of coupons (both for in-store and online)! There are often restrictions, like $10 off a purchase of $50 or more, but HEY. A coupon is a coupon, and a penny saved is a penny earned. ;)