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Wedding Budget Savings Secret #4: Recycling Saves More Than the Planet

Excerpt from the Dream Wedding on a Dime; 7 Secrets for the Budget-Savvy Bride ebook at

Choosing items you can use in everyday life, buying pre-owned, selling products, and donating to charities all have a positive impact on the bottom-line cost of your wedding.

Typically, one buys everything new for the wedding, and most of it is used exactly once, which is impractical on a dime. Fortunately, there are several ways to save by thinking about the reuse of items. Buying pre-owned, selling or donating after the wedding, or using something from everyday life are all ways to “recycle” a wedding. Here are the general guidelines.

• Buy as much as you can used. Many used wedding items are in like-new or nearly new condition. Find several with free shipping at

• Choose items that can be used later, in your day-to-day life.

• Sell your wedding products after the big day. At the time of this writing, the two most popular arenas for selling are eBay and Craigslist. In my opinion, eBay, with its free Buyer Protection and Buyer/Seller Feedback programs, is the most trustworthy route.

Throughout the Dream Wedding on a Dime; 7 Secrets for the Budget-Savvy Bride ebook I have marked select tips with “(Secret: Creative recycling).” These are topic-specific recycling tips. Go to for more information about the ebook.

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