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Posted by on Aug 12, 2014 in Hotel, Marriott, Miscellaneous | 0 comments

Destination Wedding Tips and Guide

Previously, I shared a tip on how to save a bit of money when doing a destination wedding in Hawaii. I’m sure, however, that cost is only one of the many factors that need to be considered when planning a destination wedding. As a result, I thought I’d share this infographic I came across, which provides good destination wedding tips courtesy of Marriott.  ...

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Posted by on Jul 24, 2014 in Miscellaneous | 0 comments

Lower Time Warner Cable Bill Via Retention Department

After you get married, you’ll be faced with a lot of expensive utility bills, such as Internet access, cell phone, etc. Even if you just get Internet access and no cable TV from Time Warner Cable, for example, it can still cost you an arm and a leg. Fortunately, lowering your Time Warner Cable bill is very easy to do simply by calling their retention department and asking for a discount.   Lower Time Warner Cable Bill I’m using Time Warner Cable as an example, because that is the cable company we use, but calling the retention department to get your monthly bill lowered works for almost all cable companies and even non-cable utility companies. The fact is, many utility companies have an entire department dedicated to making sure they don’t lose customers, because acquiring a new customer is so much more costly than simply keeping an existing customer happy. For example, here are some current job postings for Time Warner Cable’s retention department: Retention/Sales Representatives Job, Promo Retention...

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Posted by on Apr 9, 2014 in Miscellaneous | 0 comments

Writing a Great Best Man Speech

In a couple of days, one of my longtime friends is tying the knot and as best man, I’ll be giving a best man speech, which should not only cause the audience to kneel over in laughter but also emote immeasurable joy. It’s especially a daunting task, because my friend was also my best man when I got married last July, and his speech was pretty close to what I described. I’m happy to say that I’ve written an acceptable speech over the past month or so and in the process, I’ve also learned a few pointers. As a result, I thought I’d share with you some advice on writing a great best man speech.   Tip #1 – Write for the Bride and Groom, not the Audience I think we often associate a great best man speech with one that elicits a response from the audience. In doing so, it’s easy to lose focus on why you are giving a best man speech in the fast place. The speech...

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Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in Miscellaneous | 0 comments

Change Back to Old Google Maps

I use Google Maps for everything especially planning our trips, vacation, and honeymoon. In minutes, Google Maps will tell you how to get from the airport to your hotel in a foreign city or how to navigate traffic to reach your restaurant reservation in time. If you are like me, however, and think the new Google Maps is horrendous then good news, because it’s very easy to switch back to the old Google Maps.   Change back to Old Google Maps Maybe they know that people will hate the new Google Maps, but Google has provided easy instructions to change back to the old Google Maps. To summarize, you click the question mark icon at the bottom and select “Return to classic Google Maps.” If you want to permanently switch back to the old Google Maps like me, then have Google remember your preferences as well.     The Main Point We all know Google Maps is awesome and great for planning trips, vacations, and a honeymoon, but the...

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Posted by on Mar 5, 2014 in Barclays Arrival, Credit Cards, Miscellaneous | 0 comments

A&S Foreign Exchange Has the Best FX Rates in NYC

When traveling internationally for your honeymoon or other trips, I highly recommend getting a no foreign exchange fee credit card, such as the Barclays Arrival credit card, which offers a fantastic signup bonus. You should also exchange for some foreign currency ahead of time, because it’s easy to get hit with ATM fees overseas or worse yet, get gouged by currency services providers, such as Travelex. If you are based in New York City, I recommend A&S Foreign Exchange for your FX needs. They are conveniently located near Penn Station at 357 7th Avenue and in my opinion, offers the best exchange rates in NYC.     A&S Foreign Exchange From the outside, A&S Foreign Exchange looks nothing like a foreign exchange service provider. It’s actually located inside a souvenir gift shop, but there is a large banner at the top that says, “A&S Foreign Exchange.” Feel free to get 5 New York T-Shirts for $10.99 while you are there! Near the door is also an easel sign claiming...

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Posted by on Feb 19, 2014 in Miscellaneous | 0 comments

Filing Taxes as a Newly Married Couple

I’ve been a bit MIA lately since my wife and I were in Miami Beach for a weekend, but also because I’ve been busy filing our taxes for 2013. Filing taxes as a newly married couple is particularly challenging, because you’ll encounter new rules, and a lot of numbers change. That’s why I recommend changing your name properly as quickly as possible to minimize headaches come tax season.     I’m old-fashioned and do my taxes manually via the IRS recommended Free File Fillable Forms, but that’s only because I like to understand every single number on the tax return. For most newly married couples, I recommend using a tax software or a good accountant, because they will most likely do your tax return as if you were married filing jointly and as if you were married filing separately to arrive at the lowest tax for a couple. Nevertheless, I’ll offer my own thoughts on filing taxes as a newly married couple. Please just keep in mind I am...

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Posted by on Jan 2, 2014 in Miscellaneous | 0 comments

Free Wedding Magazines and Other Magazines Via Reward Survey

Happy new year! As you kick off this year planning your wedding, I want to share one tip that can save you money with almost no work involved. I know lots of couples (not just brides!) enjoy looking through wedding and bridal magazines for ideas, and that’s great. I also know, however, that a lot of these couples pay for their wedding magazines. If you are paying for magazines, you should stop, because you can get free wedding magazines and other magazines for life via Reward Survey.   Reward Survey Reward Survey is a survey company that offers you rewards for filling out surveys, hence the name! Every time you fill out a survey, you instantly get $20 credited to your Reward Survey account. These credits can only be redeemed for various magazines, which price at different levels. First of all, Reward Survey is completely legitimate. I’ve personally used Reward Survey and have never failed to get a magazine I ordered with credits. Secondly, the surveys are extremely short...

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Posted by on Dec 19, 2013 in Miscellaneous | 0 comments

Merry Christmas from the Bug and Bee!

  Merry Christmas from the Bug and Bee! May your Christmas be filled with love as ours is through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Every year, I watch Charlie Brown Christmas multiple times, because it is my favorite Christmas movie, it has all my favorite Christmas songs, and Linus is awesome. Most importantly, the movie shares the message of what Christmas is all about!     Luke 2:8-14 (King James Version) 8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12 And this shall be a...

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Posted by on Nov 4, 2013 in Miscellaneous | 0 comments

How to Change Your Name after Marriage

Trying to change your name after marriage can feel like pulling teeth. It’s painful and annoying, but the faster you do it, the less you’ll have to worry about issues, such as filing your taxes properly or being able to deposit a check made out to your new surname. My wife and I just successfully completed changing her name in New York so I’ll document the step-by-step process along with the cost to try and save you both time and hassle. I’ll cover the big three – Social Security, state ID/driver’s license, and Passport. And while our experience is in regards to New York, these general instructions should be a good guideline regardless of what state you live in. The only difference I would imagine is a couple of different forms.     How to Change Your Name I’ll quickly mention that your name is legally changed on the day of your wedding when your pastor or wedding officiant signs your marriage license. When people say, “change your name,”...

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Posted by on Oct 18, 2013 in Miscellaneous | 0 comments

Trevolta and Crowd-funded Free Honeymoon?

I recently came across Trevolta, a new startup that promotes crowded-funded travels. Like Kickstarter, the concept of Trevolta is to seek Internet funding from people on the Internet who are either inspired by your travel plans or just feeling very generous. Unlike Kickstarter, however, Trevolta focuses solely on travel. Currently, they are still preparing for their private beta launch, but you can sign up and be placed on the waiting queue. If you then refer three new members, you’ll get $50 off your first trip. Furthermore, the more people you refer, the higher up you’ll move in the waiting queue.     The Main Point I have no idea if Trevolta will even launch in the near future or not, but I thought it was interesting to highlight anyways. I’ve seen people promote travel projects and ideas on Kickstarter, but Kickstarter is really meant for art, technology, and other creative projects. It’ll be interesting to see if a startup that focuses solely on crowd-funded travel will take off. In...

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