A reader emailed me recently to say that she found a strange frugal hack for her wedding: Amazon.
She needs two tents for the occasion, and just one costs $540.
Horrified, she checked Amazon, purely as a joke. There she found $135 tents that include side walls. No shipping through Amazon Prime. She can buy sandbags for less than $6 each, rather than renting $20 weight bags (which are less sturdy anyway).
She also frugal hacked the tent setup/breakdown. It would have cost $65 for each. She reached out to a local animal shelter. She’ll donate the tents, and in exchange, the shelter will take away the tents for her. She saves $65 and gets a tax write-off.
Personally, I’d pay the $65 so I could resell the tents. If people are charging that much for rentals, some bride would be thrilled to get it for $200. But she’s one of those good people who actually cares about others.
Even so, she’s looking at some pretty impressive savings. Which got me thinking about what other wedding necessities you can find on Amazon.
One wedding rental site charges 35 cents for flatware. Another wants 40 cents. For the same price, you can get some (admittedly basic) flatware on Amazon. A set of 36 spoons is $13.99 ($0.39 each) and 36 forks are $12.43 ($0.35 each). Plus you can recoup some of the cost by selling the dinnerware on Craigslist.
A rental site charged $9-15 for various sizes of white tablecloths. Amazon has the same sizes in the same price range. And again, you can sell the ones from Amazon. Rental companies get very grouchy if you try to sell theirs.
I’m guessing that rental companies won’t let you pay with Amazon gift cards either. Use Swagbucks to save up for Amazon GCs and make your wedding even cheaper!
Has anyone else used Amazon to defray wedding costs?