Avoid Overspending on Wedding Gifts

When your friends start walking down the aisle, the bills for wedding gifts can really add up. But you can keep costs to a minimum with our tried-and-true advice.

Shortly after I graduated from college, one of my childhood friends got married. I was invited to not one, but two, showers for her and the actual wedding. On my miniscule reporter's salary, buying three gifts put a dent in my budget. She even commented that she felt bad that I had to get her so many presents.

It's been more than a decade since then, but now I'm watching the young woman who babysits my children go through the same thing -- only worse. She's a bridesmaid for a sorority sister and has to pay for a dress, plane tickets and a hotel room on top of what she'll be spending for gifts.

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Cameron Huddleston
Former Online Editor, Kiplinger.com

Award-winning journalist, speaker, family finance expert, and author of Mom and Dad, We Need to Talk.

Cameron Huddleston wrote the daily "Kip Tips" column for Kiplinger.com. She joined Kiplinger in 2001 after graduating from American University with an MA in economic journalism.