4 Alternatives to a Typical Wedding Registry

For almost a year, we’ve been planning our wedding. Since we’re a bit of an unconventional couple, as well as being pretty well-established, a typical wedding registry didn’t really seem to suit us. We originally tried to do the “normal” thing, scanning items at the local Target, but then it just seemed like we were asking for stuff that we had no place for in our current living situation (an apartment with not much storage space). So, of course, I started researching alternatives. I’m not one to really be sold onย having to do something for the sake of tradition. If there’s a tradition, I want it to be meaningful, and frankly, registries just aren’t that meaningful to me. If you’re a couple that is looking for something a little different, here’s what I’ve found:

Honeymoon Registry

 

This is a controversial one. Some think it’s a great opportunity to support experience over stuff, while others think it’s tacky. I happen to think it’s a great idea. I think if you frame it as a, “we’d rather have money spent on experiences rather than stuff,” it’s more approachable and authentic. If you come off as, “We’re broke and want somebody else to pay for our honeymoon,” it’s a little more jarring and awkward, I think. Just a personal observation though. ๐Ÿ˜‰

E & I are using the Honeymoon registry through Disney, since we’ll be spending 10 days at Disney World (Eek! Yes, what can I say? We really are obsessed with WDW!) Here are some links to reputable Honeymoon Registries:

Disney Honeymoon Wishes

Honeyfund

Traveler’s Joy

Gift Card Registry

 

So, I had found a a gift card registry, but for whatever reason, they are no longer accepting new registries. ๐Ÿ™ I was super bummed because I think this is a BRILLIANT idea. Especially for couples that are already established or the indecisive couple that isn’t ready to pick the type of china they want (or doesn’t want china to begin with…) So, since the actual registry site wasn’t available anymore, I created a Target registry, but only listed gift cards on it. ย I am the queen of flexibility, and gift cards offer that. By registering at a place that is convenient for nearly everyone, it allows people to access the gift cards easily. You can choose gift cards to Target for housing items, or experience gift cards (ie. Disney, just about any restaurant, Apple, Amazon, Southwest, etc..)

 

Donate to Charity

 

This is one of my favorite options. There are a few ways to do this – you can just pick a charity and request that people make a donation in your name. Or The Knot has a great option to choose a charity and if your friends and family purchase items on your registry through The Knot, they will donate a percentage to the charity of your choice. E and I chose to support the CASA organization. Or there’s the I Do Foundation, which creates a registry that allows your guests to make direct donations to the charity of your choice.

 

Screw the Registry

 

This is also a great option. No one is forcing you to create a registry. Just about every wedding website will tell you a must-do, but it’s not. Your wedding is YOUR wedding. Do it the way you want. If you do forego the registry, just be prepared for whatever gifts may come your way (which could be great!)

 

Did you use an alternative to the normal wedding registry? Let me know in the comments!

4 Alternatives to a Typical Wedding Registry // Cue to Cue Mama

3 Money Saving Apps & Plug-Ins When You Don’t Coupon

I’ll admit, I get easily frustrated and frazzled when it comes to couponing/scouring ads..etc. For me, the least amount of work I have to do, the better. When I’ve tried couponing, I’m always frantic as I go through the store, making sure I mark everything off and get the correct amount of whatever I need. Seriously, my heart beats fast, I feel overwhelmed, it’s not pretty.

All that being said, I still love saving money. I’d venture to say that saving money is really a necessity on our tight budget. So, I’ve found a happy medium. I have a few (super easy!) money saving apps and plug-ins that have saved me a ton (okay, maybe not a ton, but they’ve saved me — that’s what matters, right?!)

 

3 Money Saving Apps & Plug-Ins When You Don't Coupon

 

Shopkick

 

I’m often really shocked at how little Shopkick is talked about in the blogosphere. Am I missing something? Or do people not resonate with it like I do? Basically, you can earn “kicks” that will eventually earn you gift cards (500 kicks gets you a $2 gift card at Target or Walmart, but there’s plenty more). You can earn these kicks by scanning items on the app, and sometimes just for walking in a store. Z loves to help find the kicks (it’s like a scavenger hunt), or if I ever have some time (hahaha, wait, when is that?) I’ll swing by a store and quickly do scans. They’ve also started giving extra kicks for buying certain items (called Kickbates), but I’ve only used this option once as I don’t usually have a need for the items offering this. I use my kicks as sort of a savings account. I just keep building up kicks until I’m able to earn the bigger gift cards. I’ve been able to pay for birthdays, Christmas presents, and plenty more using gift cards from Shopkick.

 

Honey

 

Oh my goodness, Honey is an absolute dream for anyone who shops online. It’s a nice little Chrome plug-in that you run every time you’re going to check out online, and it will run active coupon codes to try and save you money. It also has this great feature when shopping on Amazon (which I’m addicted to….) that will tell you if there’s a better deal. You click the icon, and it will take you to the same item at a lower price.

I printed my Save the Dates as postcards through Vistaprint and was able to take 50% off my total checkout price. A-MAZ-ING! Whenever we order pizza (which we do all too frequently..sigh), it runs coupon codes and saves us money there as well. It’s easily become one of my favorite money saving strategies.

 

Cartwheel

 

We spend a lot of time at Target. A. Lot. Of. Time. So, it makes sense to use their money saving app: Cartwheel. I use it one of two ways. First, sometimes, I’ll look through the deals on the app before heading to Target and base my shopping trip around what I can save money on. Majority of the time, however, I go with my list and then, scan the items as we go along. I normally go for Market Pantry (Target’s brand) items because those are the ones that will normally have deals. And you may want to scoff at 5%, I’ll be honest, I scoff at it a bit, but saving money is saving money. Also, the deals aren’t always 5% off, I’ve gotten up to 25% off certain items before. The best is when you can pair an earned gift card from Shopkick with your savings from Cartwheel. Pure magic!

 

I’ve used a lot of other apps and plug-ins (Ibotta, Swagbucks, Walmart Savings Catcher, Ebates) and they’ve all been helpful and useful. I’ve just found that the 3 above are the three that I rarely forget about and are easiest to use. My goal is get on the Ebates train since I shop so much online. I’ll keep you updated on that one!

What are your favorite money saving strategies and/or apps? I’d love to try some new ones out!