Why Now Is The Time You Should Start Saving For An Engagement Ring

For every young man, there comes a time when he will propose marriage, and the one thing that absolutely come with the proposal is a stunning diamond engagement ring. The very thought of buying such a valuable item is enough to send some men into panic, as they wonder how they will find the cash to buy their fiancée a suitable diamond engagement ring.

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If you’re planning to propose to the love of your life, here are a few good reasons why you need to start saving for the engagement ring as soon as possible.

  • What Should My Budget Be? – This is a question that many young men have asked themselves, and while there is no set figure for this, you certainly don’t want a ring that is considered to be cheap. Some say that 3 month’s salary is an acceptable figure for a diamond engagement ring, while others say it isn’t the cost that’s important, as long as she loves the ring. Once you have calculated the maximum amount you can spend on this very important symbol, there are affordable diamond rings NZ men can buy from Diamonds.co.nz, who are one of New Zealand’s best online jewellery store. Once they know your budget, they can show you an impressive catalogue of diamond engagement rings.
  • Start Putting a Portion of your Salary Away– If you have 6 months to a year, that is more than enough time in which to save up for a diamond engagement ring, and little by little, your nest egg will grow to the point where you can start to look at diamond engagement rings. If you can work overtime, then do whatever you can to add to your savings, or take a part time job to help pay for the ring.
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  • Discuss the Engagement with your Partner – Good relationships are all about communication, so talk to her about the engagement ring, as she might say the cost isn’t important, and by ensuring the ring is one she likes and you have the right size, you can choose the ring with some confidence. The last thing you want to happen is for you to go into debt to buy an impressive ring, when she would rather have something a little more modest. There is also an article that focuses on saving money for the engagement ring, which might help you.
  • Look for Good Deals from Online Jewellers – In New Zealand, there are online jewellers who have special offers, and by keeping your eye on their catalogue, you might get lucky and save a fair amount on the purchase of an excellent diamond engagement ring. Special offers do come along, and keeping your eye on their website might prove to be a wise move.

The most important thing is that your bride to be likes the ring you have chosen, and with online jewellers who have diamond engagement rings to suit every budget, you are sure to find something that is more than suitable.

Three Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Move in With Your Partner

So you’re in love. You both like pizza and Vampire Weekend. Your stars align in the bedroom. Now you’re thinking of moving in together. Amazing! But this is not a decision to take lightly. While it might be a thrill to think of waking up together every day, and you can’t wait to split rent two ways, moving in can spell disaster for otherwise healthy relationships. Before you take this big step, it’s wise to put your realist hat on and ask yourself these three tough questions.

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Have We Had The Hard Conversations Yet?

If not, have them now. You know those tough conversations: children or no children? Marriage or perpetual freedom? But also: holidays with family or movies and Chinese take out? Clean the bathroom once a week or once a year? Home-cooked or eat out? Netflix Fridays or friends around to watch sport? Before you move in together is when you need to start raising these issues, big and small, to understand whether the two of you are ready, or if you’ll ever be ready, to move in. Sharing a living space is about more than splitting rent. You’re going to have to adjust to each other’s habits in ways you may never have considered before, so if there is something you want to ask, don’t wait. Ask now. 

How Will Our Finances Work?

No matter how similar you and your partner are, it’s unlikely that you earn the same amount. If one of you earns significantly more, you’ll need to be honest about your living standards and requirements before you call in the removalist. This applies even if you’ve decided to keep your finances completely separate except for shared costs. Will you rent a place that one person can afford but the other can’t? Will the more affluent partner pick up the slack financially in order to raise the lifestyle for both of you? And if so, are both of you okay with that? Will one person want to heat the house to jungle temperatures in winter while the other would rather rug up and save on the energy bill?

Have We Done a Practice Run?

If not, do! Before you move in, it’s a good idea to have a month-long (at least) sleep-over in each other’s homes. This period of low-pressure cohabiting will give you both an opportunity to spot those habits that drive you insane as well as the lifestyle choices that you appreciate and are looking forward to sharing. Dating and falling in love is a wonderful bubble to be in. But it doesn’t always pay to jump straight from that bubble into each other’s intimate space. A couple of rehearsals for the real thing are essential to help you understand the adjustments the move will require of you, and whether you’re ready to make room for someone else.

 

Whether you’ve been dating for one year or ten, moving in together is an exciting and important step in any relationship. Before you decide to sign a lease together, ask yourself these key questions to help you remove those rose-tinted goggles and look at the situation objectively.

 

Have you thought about carpet tiles?

Have you thought about carpet tiles for your home or business? I have to say it’s not something I have really thought about for my home, however I have seen them in many places.

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Carpet squares are actually a really cheap alternative to having carpets. They come in a large range of colours and patterns. It’s also easy to lay, I think I could do it.

It only takes a few steps to get transform your space with carpet tiles.

  • prepare the floor, make sure it’s clean, smooth and level. It’s got to be dry.
  • Find the centre of your space and mark it out.
  • start laying your first carpet tiles along the line.
  • place your tiles along the line and then adjust where needed before:-
  • starting back in the middle and using spray adhesive to stick them down. Make sure you just spray either the floor or the tile.
  • lay the tiles from the middle out then cut the out tiles if needed to make sure they all fit perfectly.

So you don’t have to be an expert DIY’er to have fabulous carpet tiles.

 

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