Why We Prime

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Happy Monday, all! It’s a wee bit early (6am, which is early for me), but I wanted to make sure I got this post scheduled for you! I’ve had a few emails asking about whether or not it’s worth it to have Amazon Prime. Garrett and I chose to have this service a few years ago, and it has been more than worth it for us! It does cost $99 per year, but you receive free two-day shipping on all Prime products.

This may not fit into your family’s budget right now, and that’s completely ok! If this seems like something you’re interested here, here’s a link for a free trial for Amazon Prime. In addition to the free shipping, we also love their movie and television options that you receive to the point that, between having Prime and Netflix, we’ve decided that we’re cancelling Dish Network. *jaw drop* If you know us in life, you know we likely watch waaay too much tv. I LOVE Food Network, and I have most of Giada’s and Ree Drummond’s shows recorded. My goal for our family right now, though, is to become more purposeful. For us, this includes reducing tv watching. By having two lower cost options (Prime and Netflix), we’ll still have plenty of tv-watching opportunities for family night, friends, etc. But by reducing our options, I hope to find we’re more purposeful with our time and spend more time together as a family.

Thank you for reading! I have more posts scheduled that I wrote this weekend when I was more awake that are a bit longer. 🙂

For the Bride

I know the picture doesn’t go along with the title, as the book is a guide for bridesmaids, but in all honesty, they actually go quite hand-in-hand. I received this book from my mother-in-law as encouragement bridesmaid1for this blog. Overall, I really enjoyed the book. There were a couple of modern twists mentioned, though, I wish would fall by the wayside, particularly regarding money.

For a bridesmaid, there will be a lot of costs involved with being in a wedding. If you’re unable to incur these expenses, you should politely decline far enough away from the wedding the bride is able to find a replacement. The costs range from a wedding gift (no, not required, but it is more than polite to get one for the bride and groom) to travel expenses, which can add up quickly if you don’t live in the same town as the bride. However, anything required by the bride beyond travel is on the bride, regardless of she’s actually the one writing the check. In short, the dress, required shoes, any required hair-do is all footed by the bride. This is where I get a little old-timey.

I just believe people should have a wedding they can afford and not expect others to pay for their wedding for them. Traditionally, this is what occurred. However, in keeping with the trend of placing more emphasis on the wedding than the marriage, expectations have grown to unattainable heights. At least they’re unattainable if you’re the one footing the bill. So, in order to achieve more with no more cost, the trend leaned towards having your guests pay to be part of the wedding.

Don’t want to pay for the bridal party’s attire? That’s no problem, actually. Simply don’t require a specific outfit for them to wear in the wedding. Another way to cute costs: pay for a dress, but let them wear shoes they already have. Don’t have them style their hair a specific way. There are plenty of ways to cut costs, if that’s the concern. Remember, though: anything you require should be paid for by you. This extends to the groomsmen’s tuxedos or suits, the flower girl’s dress, the ring bearer’s suit, etc. There is 100%, absolutely NOTHING shameful in having a wedding you can afford. In fact, I think you’ll find people think more of you for doing it.