Don’t go broke for a wedding gift
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.