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February 2016



Sometimes Money Doesn’t Matter

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Yesterday I had to put down my beloved dog, Max.

Max had been by my side during some of the most difficult parts of my life, including my divorce and the first time I had ever lived alone. He was always around to comfort me when I felt sad or scared. He was also content to lay by my feet while I spent hours doing homework. He loved to be as close to you as possible.




September 2015



Unique Places to Get Your Wedding Dress

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Wedding dress shopping? Here are several different and unique places to find your special wedding dress! via @shoeaholicnomore

If wedding bells are in your near future, you are probably starting to look for some places to get that your wedding dress. And if you are a no-ordinary type of bride you probably wish to get it from somewhere unique and not a traditional bridal salon. You are not the only one, for sure. So to help you out a little bit, today I am going to give you some unique and alternative places where you can find a dress for your special day. This will help you enjoy shopping and make your wedding day even more special with a unique and amazing dress!




March 2015



10 Budget Friendly Date Ideas

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Most couples admit to arguing about money. In fact, financial stress unnecessarily dissolves too many relationships.  Creating and sticking to a budget can help prevent financial strife from occurring in your own relationship. Budgets are a wonderful tool, but if you aren’t careful, other aspects of your relationship may crumble. When setting up your monthly expenditures, make sure to allocate a portion of the budget to cover at least one date night.

You may feel like date night is completely out of the question since you are trying so hard be smart about your finances. You feel as though you can’t justify the expense of a night on the town or a trip to the movies when you are desperately trying to pay off debts. The thing to remember is that your credit card debt will always be there. Even if you neglect it entirely, it will be waiting for you. Your partner, if neglected, may not be.

Don’t neglect your credit card debts in favor a cash-spending free for all, but don’t neglect your partner either. Find inexpensive ways to spend time together so that you can maintain the health of both your finances and your relationship. To get you started, here are ten dates you can go on for $20 or less.




August 2014



Why I’m Saving for my Wedding BEFORE I Have a Ring

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Some people think it's crazy to plan for a wedding before you're engaged, but not me! Here's why I'm saving for my wedding before I have a ring!The following is a guest post from my blogger friend, Downstairs and in Debt. I hope you enjoy it!

With the growing popularity of shows like Say Yes to the Dress and Four Weddings I’ve noticed a growing trend of a BIG wedding budget. While $5,000 dresses and $3,000 cakes are a little too rich for my blood, I will admit that I want my wedding day to be beautiful and not break the bank. I am currently NOT engaged, but I live with my boyfriend and our cat in the suburbs. If/when we get married, I want to have a jump on the wedding budget before I’m half way to the altar.

Here is the trouble with not saving before you get engaged: let’s just say on July 1st (or the 4th if you’re an American) you’re standing watching the fireworks with your wonderful partner and they proceed to propose as the fireworks are going off and BAM you’re engaged. According to a recent survey, the average Canadian wedding is going to run you about $20,000-$30,000, which is a little on the high side for what I’m planning. This is for a wedding size of about 150-200 people. I think most ladies like to get married about 1-2 years after they become engaged; I know I couldn’t come up with that money in one year unexpectedly when still trying to pay off debt! I do not want to go further into debt because of my wedding. This is supposed to be a celebration, not a burden. Also some caterers/venues offer discounts if you can pay upfront and in cash!

Currently I work part-time at a large diamond retail chain. I see it all the time, guys come in wanting to buy a diamond for their lovely lady and then get slapped across the face by rising prices of gold and diamonds. I would love to choose my diamond but I don’t think “Well little Johnny, when Mommy and Daddy got engaged, Mommy picked out a ring on eBay and Daddy handed her his Mastercard” has the same pizzazz to it as my previous scenario. Engagement rings and wedding bands have to be budgeted for too! Boys, if marriage is for you, start saving BEFORE you meet that perfect girl.

While I don’t think I can have the entire wedding paid for before I get engaged, getting a head start on it seems like a good idea to me. I have decided to take my income from my part-time job and put that into my wedding savings. I both get paid into and save at a bank with this job that is separate from my full-time job/bills bank. I plan on following a budgeting plan similar to one created by Gail Vaz-Oxlade when the time does come. I look forward to not being AS stressed out about making sure the caterer is paid!

What do you think about saving for your wedding before getting engaged?

Downstairs and in Debt is a 20-something reformed shopaholic living in the Canadian Maritimes. She started her journey blogging from her parents’ basement.

Some people think it's crazy to plan for a wedding before you're engaged, but not me! Here's why I'm saving for my wedding before I have a ring!