Wedding shopping on a budget

If you are getting married and have a very tight budget then you need to be savvy when it comes to shopping for those all important items. Wedding favours, table decorations and flowers can all cost a pretty penny not to mention the dress and wedding rings.

Firstly you need to establish what your priorities are. Next when you know what items you are looking for, do not be tempted to book them all via the venue as often they will allow you to source your own items cheaper. Chair sashes for example can cost between £1.50 and £5 from the venue or a third party company, but buying them yourself through sites such as Ebay and Gumtree may allow you to spend as little as 50p per sash. If you total this up from a 100 guests that’s a huge saving to be had. Also shopping for your own items will allow you to personalise your wedding even more.

Always allow plenty of time for your order and if possible, try and order samples before committing to large orders of items, unless you know someone that has ordered from them before and trust their judgement.

 

Are you a shopping addict?

Shopping is one of those things that many people say they are addicted to. Shopping can be addictive for men or for women although there are usually more women than men. It is not actually the shopping that people get addicted to, it is the feeling. If you are out buying clothes or treats for yourself then it may make you feel good. You can feel valued and that you are going to look good in what you have bought. This can give you a happy feeling and feeling of satisfaction that you may rarely get from other activities. It may be that you enjoy shopping for presents for other people. Many people love Christmas shopping for example, allowing them to buy gifts to treat friends and family. This can fulfil a need to please others.

If you feel that your shopping habits are becoming a little out of control or you are spending too much money, then why not try and find other things that give you the same buzz and satisfaction as shopping does. It may be that if you like shopping for others, donating gifts to a local hospice or charity shop may give you the same feeling.

 

Taking control of the classroom as a supply teacher

Often supply teachers will find that they have a pretty hard time when it comes to classroom control. Some students see supply teachers as an opportunity to play up and try and get away with more things than they usually would. They often play on the fact that this is not their normal teacher and the supply teacher may not know what they are usually allowed to do.

If you are starting a job as a supply teacher you must quickly gain control of the classroom right from the start. It may feel like you are going in with a hard hand but if you do not control situations quickly and effectively then you will find it much harder down the line to get the children working as they should.

If the children try and tell you that they are allowed to do something that you don’t think they would be then you could either quietly have a word with one of the other teachers to see if they can help or simply say to the class that you are not allowing them to do that today. Showing that you are worried or don’t know what to do, will make some pupils more likely to push you that bit further. If you are working as a supply teacher through a teaching recruitment agency then they will often have someone that you can speak to that will offer you tips on how to gain back control and give you really helpful classroom tips.

 

 

Using audio books to get a child to sleep

Audio books have been around for some time now, but recently more and more famous titles have been released. Stories such as The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom have been bought to life in audio and can make beds a pleasant time for your child. Although audio books should not replace bedtime story reading, it can be a perfect way to sooth your little one off to sleep.

When choosing an audio book for your child you may want to listen to it yourself first, some stories which they may enjoy when you read them to them may become a little scary or get them too excited when in audio version.

Audio books range in price, you can get a CD of famous fairy tales for about five pounds but if you want to pick up some of the more modern stories in audio form you may have to pay between ten and twenty pounds. Always have a look at the running time as you don’t want to be up there every ten minutes changing the CD over. You can get audio books from places such as W H Smiths or online.

 

 

Considering your shopping purchases

Some of us love to go shopping, it can be a bit of retail therapy and can give many people a confidence boost finding new clothes. When it comes to shopping, it can be very easy to get a bit carried away in the moment and more often than not, many of us end up buying items that when we get home, we don’t actually need or want. You may well see clothes in a charity shop still with tags on, which often have been bought but never taken out of the wardrobe.

When you come back from a shopping trip, get everything out of your bags and go through them again. If you have bought outfits, check to see if you have shoes, handbags or jewellery to match and if you don’t, consider how much more you will have to spend before opting to wear the outfit. Over the next few days, do not remove any of the tags and try the clothes on again in front of your own mirror. Sometimes changing rooms have a way of improving the lighting to make you flawless but often when we try things on elsewhere we are not as happy with the end result.

If you have bought something, not worn it, still have the tags on (or at least still have the tags) then why not return it. You can often get a full refund with very little quibble or at least store credit to go towards your next purchase.