**This is a collaborative post
Being a parent is awesome. We all recall that feeling of instant and irrevocable change when we first laid eyes on our children for the first time. There’s no denying that our kids are an infinite source of joy… But do they have to come with such a hefty price tag? At last estimate the cost of raising a child to the age of 21 comes at a cost of nearly a quarter of a million pounds. Read more
Next week is our fifth wedding anniversary – we were very lucky in that my parents paid for most of our wedding. But even though we weren’t paying we did our best to keep our budget to a sensible level. I think we spent about £8,000 altogether – which is way less than the UK average of nearly £25,000!
I don’t mean to ruin it for the romantics, but did you know what one of the biggest causes of divorce is? Debt, and financial problems. And spending a small fortune on your wedding is the quickest way to get yourselves off on the wrong foot financially.
It’s a fine line to tread, but there is a solution: trimming the costs of your big day, without impacting on any of the fun, enjoyment and memories. Here are some of the best ways to do it: