Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Tips from Dave Ramsey on saving money for your upcoming wedding

In a recent article from Dave Ramsey, he lists a variety of creative ways to save money on your upcoming wedding.

According to the top wedding sites, the average wedding can cost between $20,000-$30,000.  And that's from a one-day shindig.  Recent college graduates, who went through the whole student loan route, have roughly this amount after four years.

From the venue to the honeymoon, Ramsey lays out tips to save money on your special day.  Check out the article here.

Along with the article, I also have my ebook Debt Free I Do: 99 Ways To Have A Memorable Wedding On A Shoestring Budget where I lay out more tips.

Here's a link for my site, where you can pick up the ebook from your favorite e-retailer.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Tales of a diabetic father: be overly prepared when traveling

During the Christmas break 2013, my family and in-laws took a long vacation to Walt Disney World and Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.

And with two diabetic kids to pack for, this was quite a feat.

I will expand on this in the near-future, but there is one thing I must advise right now: over-prepare when packing supplies for diabetics.  I can't stress this enough.  Whatever you think you need, pack a little more.

Both of my diabetes kids have Medtronic insulin pumps, and the various pieces of equipment needed is mind-boggling.  I thought I had packed enough reservoirs for the trip--a little tube to hold insulin inside the pump.  But, on our first day out, my son's needed changing because he ran out.  Now, luckily, I packed two full bottles of insulin, but I stupidly only packed two reservoirs.  I thought I had packed more.

Needless to say, I was able to reuse the reservoirs by utilizing the detachable pieces that go onto them, but that doesn't excuse the fact that I should've been more prepared.  We have another big trip around mid-February and I will make a note to bring with several extra.

A rule of thumb I now use is this: whatever I think I need, either double the amount or at least increase by fifty-percent.  If you think one full bottle of insulin is enough, add another one just to be safe.