Wedding ceremony bills | ‘Hints from Heloise’ | Columnist

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Expensive Heloise: I lately learn that the typical marriage ceremony prices near $30,000, and that doesn’t embody the honeymoon. I discover that absurd! Why are weddings so costly now?

We’re getting married subsequent yr, and I plan on spending not more than $7,000 to $8,000 max! — Carol and Dave, Buffalo, N.Y.

Carol and Dave, all of it will depend on the place you get married, the season and the model of your marriage ceremony. The typical price of a marriage in San Francisco is $45,552, whereas San Antonio weddings run about $18,353 on common. Boston’s common marriage ceremony is $27,946, however Denver’s common is $25,702.

Make a price range and keep on with it it doesn’t matter what occurs. An excellent marriage was by no means primarily based on an costly marriage ceremony, and lots of completely happy marriages had been carried out on the metropolis corridor or in a small household gathering. — Heloise

SURPRISE GUESTS

Expensive Heloise: We now have 4 teenage sons who’re continuously bringing dwelling their mates for dinner. I do not actually thoughts as a result of I’ve discovered to be ready for extra dinner company. I’ve sizzling canines and a stack of hamburger patties made and prepared within the freezer with wax paper separating every patty. I freeze hamburger and sizzling canine buns, and every thing could be cooked on the grill outdoors. Pickles, candied crabapples and onions are all the time in my pantry. I am by no means with out salsa and chips, and I can whip up potato salad very quickly. Add a couple of leftovers, and you’ve got a household meal. — Ellen N., Leesburg, Fla.

UNCLOG SHOWERHEAD

Expensive Heloise: I needed to have a leak within the rest room fastened, and whereas the handyman was there he instructed me a couple of neat little trick he discovered from Heloise. To unclog my showerhead, he instructed me to fill a plastic bag with plain vinegar and soak my showerhead in it in a single day. I simply slipped the bag of vinegar over the showerhead and tied it on with ribbon, though you can use a rubber band. The subsequent morning there was a noticeable distinction within the energy and quantity of water! Such a simple concept. — Terry A., Liberty, Pa.

RAKING LEAVES

Expensive Heloise: Each time I raked leaves or used a backyard hoe, I developed blisters. Lastly, I coated the entire gardening software handles with these foam noodles they use in swimming swimming pools. No extra blisters! — Todd L., Bayonne, N.J.

CUP HOLDERS

Expensive Heloise: I all the time hated cleansing out the automotive cup holder. I spotted at some point that if I put a paper cupcake liner in there I may hold it clear. Now I place about 5 at a time in there so I do not run out. — Susan B., Omaha, Neb.

SCISSORS IN THE KITCHEN

Expensive Heloise: I’ve nerve harm in each of my arms, which makes utilizing a knife very harmful. I discovered that if I take advantage of my kitchen scissors as an alternative of a knife to chop up issues reminiscent of small carrots, tomatoes, cheese and different simple issues, I am so much higher off. No extra reduce fingers! — Frances H., Mobridge, S.D.

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