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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

5 Free Resources You Can Use To Plan Your Wedding Smartly

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The best way to have a stress-free wedding is to plan ahead. I did the same. I planned ahead. Not only all the functions went without any hiccups, my family enjoyed it too. We danced, wept, regaled, and we did all that in style. I got married in 2009. My planning was limited to what I knew or what I learned from others.

The world has changed a lot in the last 8 years. Pre-wedding photography, lavish mehndi ceremonies, and theme weddings are not limited to the who’s who.  With proper planning, any girl can have her dream wedding. As a modern girl, ditch your worries and use technology to stay on top of your wedding preparations. Get it done in style with the help of technology. Make it large but personal. These DIY tech-tools would make your wedding fun and would take the stress away.

Download the Right Apps



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Leave the jittery feelings aside. Don’t know where to start - download a wedding planning app. An app is the answer to all modern day issues. Make the to-do list, guests list, budget and more using the app. Need to delegate the wedding tasks or need help in narrowing down the wedding theme - all this can be managed with the help of an app. Search for vendors, fix vendors meeting and select the wedding dress. Looks like a lot, right? Share the burden with an app.

Use Pinterest Boards
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Pinterest is not a website for artists only. You can curate your own wedding on it. Create boards - wedding dress, theme, jewelry, decor or anything you want. Share these boards with your friends and family. Get their valuable opinion. Use that to take an informed decision. Keep confusion at bay with the help of Pinterest boards. Participation of your loved ones will make the process a lot easier. It would create happy memories, too. You can also take ideas from some of the well-curated Pinterest boards for bridal lehengas, wedding décor, or bridal hairstyles.

Surf Wedding Portals and Blogs
Have no time to visit stores to check what’s in fashion? Don’t fret. Relax with a cup of coffee and read. There are many good online wedding planning sites online like Wedmegood.com. It’s just great. You can search for wedding venues in Delhi, Mumbai and all parts of India on the site. Not just venues, you can also find top wedding photographers, bridal makeup artists, caterers, décor, cakes, bridal stores, and mehndi artists online. Read their reviews, compare prices, shortlist and then contact them to book. It lets you plan your wedding at your convenience without wasting time and money in visiting several vendors and not knowing who is the best.

Make your own Wedding Website
Wedding websites are free. You can collect all the information at one place, update the changes and keep the guests informed. It’s a chic way to RSVP, give directions and manage the guests. It saves time, too. I recommend - TheKnot, it’s one of the best in the market. Wedding website would also come handy while managing your photos. Ask your friends and family to upload the pictures they have. You can get more candid moments using this one medium.

Use Free Services, Keep Track of Your Budget and Save Money
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Save money where you can. And use it where you need. There are a few services that are available for free. Make use of them. Don’t use professional services for all ceremonial invites - use Shutterfly. They provide tons of themes that can be used for making invites of the wedding shower, mehndi or small pre-wedding ceremonies. Keep track of your wedding budget on one of the top money-management apps - Mint. Use Postable to send free ‘thank you’ cards.

There is no limit to ideas. Once you would start the research, you can tweak and adapt them to suit your needs. The main point - enjoy the process. Use technology and make your dream wedding a reality.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

17 Easy Changes That Can Save You Thousands Every Month

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Last night I was reading about calories. Empty calories to be specific. Even if one consumes a measly number, say 100 calories a day, it adds to 3000 in a month. Nearly the same we have to burn to lose a pound. That made me realize how even a small change can bring a big impact in the long run. I was reviewing our monthly budget later and I decided to bring small changes in my monthly expenditure as well. I’ve been doing a few things to cut my expenses and added few more on the list. Here are the easy changes that can help us save thousands every month.

Shop on assigned days unless it’s an emergency
The best way to stick to your monthly budget is to shop on pre-assigned days. We tend to spend money every time we go to the market. Some of the items we buy are not even necessary. We see, we buy. We think later, though. Correct this by shopping on specific days of the week.

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Kaunse wala blue? When he replaced greeting card with a shade card.

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A long time ago, a boy liked me. I am tempted to say loved me but he never said it loud. Poor chap! One day, he decided to fast-track the romance. He came, broke the ice and said, 'You look nice in blue.' Instead of accepting the compliment graciously, I asked, 'Which blue - sky blue, navy blue, or turquoise blue?' Perplexed, he stared at me. 'All!' - was his one-word reply. We stood in silence for a minute or two and parted ways. I thought that was the end of his feeble attempt - one compliment, one-word answer, and one daring encounter. Well, I was wrong!

Next day he came holding an envelope. I was uneasy. It was a trend those days to propose with a greeting card. He was the most sincere boy in school. I never wanted to hurt his feelings. 'That's for you,' he said and handed me the envelope. Inside there was a shade card - with few tick-marks on the various shades of blue and a line at the bottom - you look nice in all of the above blues. I skipped a beat. I felt butterflies in my stomach. I felt loved.

A long time ago, a boy liked me. I want to say loved me but he never said it loud. Poor me!

P. S. - Blue, to me, is the color of love. My favorite, too!

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

With #ShipCrow Expand Your Business in the US

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Internet has changed the way we shop. It has also changed the way businesses operate across the globe. Physical boundaries have become irrelevant. Thus enabling better market scenarios for both buyers and sellers. Are you an entrepreneur who wish to expand your online presence in one of the biggest economies in the world? Good news! #ShipCrow is here to translate your dreams into reality. Their hassle-free, transparent and quick service ensures your entry in the US market is smooth. So much so, they have streamlined the transition in 3 easy steps. Yes, in three steps any business can foray into the US market!

Here’s how ShipCrow has made doing business in the US easy - 

Incorporate your Company in the US
Register your company in the US. This gives you a clear pass to operate and enjoy all the benefits that are available to local businesses. ShipCrow would assist with the following -

  • Getting a physical address for the company
  • Help with the paperwork for getting necessary licenses and fulfillment of tax requirements
  • Assistance with opening of bank account
  • Storing and managing your inventory in the warehouses

Send Products to the US

After your company is incorporated, all you have to do is pack the products and send them to the warehouse location in the US. Shipcrow would provide with the Customs and Federal Identification Numbers, which are to be used while shipping. From there, your job is done. Rest would be handled by ShipCrow. The inventory would be sorted, stored and managed by ShipCrow professionals. You can also track the inventory online in real time. This enables the businesses to operate and send products without worry.

Order Fulfillment by ShipCrow
At this stage, your job is to instruct ShipCrow. Upon your instructions, the sell orders would be executed. ShipCrow staff would -

  1. Pack the products and ship it to the customers using the shipping method of their choice.
  2. Handle the return of items which includes discarding the faulty merchandise or sending it back to the country of origin.

From the first stage of setting up the corporation to handling returns, the services provided by ShipCrow are the best by industry standards. Their motto is to provide a platform to entrepreneurs where they can expand their businesses and reach out to a bigger customer base. As US market in both in terms of numbers and revenues, expanding in this part of the world would surely add to the bottom line of your company. If you are a budding entrepreneur who relies on the Internet for sale, this kind of expansion would ensure quick growth. Also, operating in the US would add five stars to the credibility of your business.

So, what are you waiting for? Turn your local business into a global entity using ShipCrow.

For pricing, rates and other queries -  click and read more on www.shipcrow.com

You can contact ShipCrow on their Facebook Page as well.

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Monday, March 6, 2017

7 Traditional Money Saving Tactics Used by Women that Still Work

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Let’s rewind back to 20 years. There was a wedding in the extended family. My family was all set to attend the 3-day long ceremony. All of us had new dresses and a fat wad of money for shagun. Looking back I wonder how my mother managed everything. As a middle-class woman, she had all under control - school fees, tuition fees, monthly bills and even had a contingency fund. She was better prepared than most modern couples I’ve come across. Please note, if not more, salaries have tripled in the last two decades. How come my mother met all her obligations with a monthly income of 10,000 INR? Something we can’t achieve with our fat checks nowadays. After my marriage whenever I asked how she managed her finances - her answers were simple. And there lies the wisdom - passed from generation to generation. The traditional ways to save and manage money which I’ve incorporated and streamlined my finances. We all can use these traditional methods that still work and save thousands annually.

Recurring Deposits

My mother was a fan of RDs or Recurring Deposits. At any point in time, she had at least 2. The amount was often nominal. If I look closely, it was her way of ensuring she saved before spending. The moment RDs matured, she invested them. She planned for major events using RDs as well. If there was a wedding in the next 10 months. She used this method to save money for the ceremony. Result - she was prepared for all the occasions and also for the emergencies.


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