Don’t go broke for a wed­ding gift

Cecil Whig - - & & -

COM­PARE PRICES ON REG­ISTRY ITEMS. It’s wise to ref­er­ence a reg­istry to see what the cou­ple wants. But it’s even wiser to then com­pare prices of a reg­istry item at dif­fer­ent stores. On­line re­tail­ers like Over­stock sell pop­u­lar wed­din­greg­istry brands for less than most high-end stores.

USE GIFT CARDS. If you’re plan­ning to give a gift card, or you’re plan­ning to buy an item off the cou­ple’s reg­istry, save money by pur­chas­ing dis­count gift cards from the Gift Card Granny web­site. The site of­fers gift cards for less than face value, such as a $100 Macy’s gift card for $80. KNOW WHERE TO FIND COUPON CODES. Most stores of­fer coupons th­ese days. You just have to know where to find them. By sign­ing up to re­ceive an e-news­let­ter from Pot­tery Barn or Wil­liams-Sonoma, for ex­am­ple, you’ll get a coupon code for 10 per­cent off a fu­ture or­der.

HEAD TO A WARE­HOUSE CLUB. Big stores like Costco and Sam’s Club sell some pop­u­lar wed­ding gifts like blenders, food pro­ces­sors and other house­hold goods for at least 30 per­cent less than other stores.

GO IN ON A BIG GIFT. If the cou­ple regis­tered for an ex­pen­sive item that is out of your price range, get a group of friends or rel­a­tives to­gether to split the cost.

GO TO THE DOL­LAR STORE. While the costs of gift wrap and a card seem in­signif­i­cant, you may tack on an­other $20 to an al­ready pricey present. Ev­ery dol­lar counts! Head to the dol­lar store to buy both of th­ese items for a buck each.

OF­FER YOUR SER­VICES. If you are tight on money, of­fer to help the bride and groom pre­pare for the wed­ding in­stead of giv­ing a phys­i­cal gift. Whether it’s do­ing hair and makeup for the bride and her maids, putting your pho­tog­ra­phy skills to work, or dogsit­ting while the cou­ple is away on their hon­ey­moon, any of­fer is sure to please.

MARY HUNT

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