A Productive Nine Weeks!

Finish Line | Source: jayneandd on Flickr via CC BY 2.0 LicenceOn June 7th, I launched myself into a 9-week productivity challenge. The challenge was to complete 9 tasks in 9 weeks. I wasn’t sure that making the list would motivate me but I figured it would give me some goals for the summer. Last week marked the end of that 9 weeks, so I thought I’d take a moment to recap how I did.

  1. Get married with a minimal amount of stress. Result: DONE! I took her finger and I put a ring on it, on budget, in a sustainable way and with minimal stress as planned. It turned out to be one of the best days of my life!
  2. Finish the first draft of my thesis by mid-July. Result: DONE! It was a slog, but I finished my thesis on time, and now I defend today! Continue reading
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Planning a Green Frugal Wedding for Less Than $5000

Bride and Groom | Source: mags20_eb on FlickrWell folks, its official…I’m married! The wedding was absolutely perfect! Perfect weather, perfect setting, perfect guests – perfect day! We couldn’t have asked for more. Oddly enough, my fiancee-now-wife and I planned almost identical surprises for each other during our vows. If that’s not made-to-be, then I don’t know what is.

Over the last few months, I’ve posted about some of the decisions we made regarding invitations, food, the venue, guests and dishware. Now that the wedding is done, and we’ve added up all the expenses, I’m going to break it down for you and show you how we threw a green wedding for 75 people for less than $5000. In actuality, our final amount is closer to $6000, but that’s only because we received a few financial gifts in the weeks leading up to the wedding, and so I decided to buy completely new wedding attire from head to toe, and we decided to stay in a bed and breakfast the night before and after the wedding. If not for the gifts, I would have worn a suit I already had and we would have slept at home and the wedding would have cost less than $5000.

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Earth and Money is on Vacation

Dear Loyal Readers,

Unfortunately, as you’ve gathered in my many posts on the topic by now, wedding planning is very time consuming! We have decided to do elaborate, manual labour-intensive decorations. As a result, I have thought it best to declare Earth and Money on vacation for 2 weeks. I will return with a post on June 27th outlining my wedding budget, and how I got married for less than $5000 (hopefully).

Thanks for coming by and I hope to see you back here in two weeks!

Earth and Money

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The 9-Week Summer Productivity Challenge

Task List | Source: J Dueck on FlickrA fellow blogger, Economically Humble, has proposed a 9-week summer productivity challenge, and I’ve decided to get on board! As you’ve probably gathered by now, from reading my last few posts, I have a busy summer ahead of me, so any chance to help my productivity is welcomed! The goal of the challenge is to list 9 things that I will complete in the next 9 weeks to increase my productivity – so here goes!

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Planning a Green Frugal Wedding – Dishware

Dishes | Source: Emily Carlin on FlickrThe wedding planning continues! Most people book a ‘wedding venue’ and with that, they get all the little details taken care of for them, including all the dishware and glasses that the guests use over the course of the night. But when you’re trying to be frugal in planning a wedding, you have to do all the little things yourself – including buying or renting dishes. Based on the experience we’ve had with this, you can save a lot of money here depending on the decisions you make – paper, plastic or china; rent or buy; one of everything for everyone or get lots of extras. All these decisions can represent vastly different price points, and each decision has an underlying environmental impact to keep in mind.

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