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Zales In-Store Credit vs. My Trio Rings

by Gillian Burgess Wednesday, 28 October 2015 Informational

 

Where you buy your wedding jewelry is a big decision. It’s not every day that you make such a large, meaningful purchase – after all, you'll be wearing your wedding ring sets day in and day out for years to come. Even when your search is focused only on affordable engagement rings and wedding bands, it’s not an investment you want to make lightly.

 

Before you fall in love with any wedding ring sets and get caught up in the moment, it’s a good idea to sit down as a couple and come up with a plan to pay for them.

  • What is your realistic budget?
  • When is the best time for you to make the purchase?
  • Is a layaway payment plan best for your timeline?
  • Are you using a credit card or another payment method?
  • What are the extra costs you need to figure in (deposits, interest rates, other fees)?

A mistake that many people make with a major purchase is to opt for a store-branded credit card that promises low interest rates – but those rates jump dramatically after a set period of time.

A recent Reuters article stated:

"U.S. retailers dangle enticing bait to sign up for store-branded credit cards but biting could be a costly decision for consumers, particularly for pricey items like engagement rings, computers or dining room sets that may take months, or even years, to pay off.

A recent analysis of 64 cards from 42 retailers by CreditCards.com (creditcards.com) found that the average interest rate for a store-branded card is more than 23 percent. Jewelry chain Zales topped the list with a rate of 28.99 percent, followed by office supply store Staples at 27.99 percent. The average credit card has an interest rate of 15 percent."

The Zales in-store credit option can look appealing at first glance to couples looking for affordable engagement rings and wedding ring sets. But it’s important to read the fine print and be realistic about how long it will take you to pay off a big-ticket item. Will you have to carry a balance on the store credit card? For how long? If you’re paying a high interest rate for months or years, you’ll end up spending far more than you’ve budgeted for over time.

Compared to the Zales in-store credit option, the My Trio Rings layaway plan is a more practical and economical choice for couples on a budget.

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With our free layaway plan, you get your dream wedding ring sets without out stress or worry:

  • No down payment
  • No interest
  • No fees
  • A customizable payment schedule to fit your budget

Divide the payments into weekly, bi-weekly or monthly payments in the way that makes the most sense for you. Once you have made all the payments, we'll ship your rings!

 

 

3 Thanksgiving Wedding Proposal Ideas

by Kirsten Clark Monday, 26 October 2015 Proposal

The holidays are about to be in full swing, so make sure you’re ready if you’re gearing up for a holiday proposal. It’s almost November, but Thanksgiving will be here before you know it.

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Have you already decided that Thanksgiving Day will be the perfect opportunity to ask that all-important question? Check. Have you selected the stunning ring from your short list of affordable engagement rings to put in that little black box? Check? Have you planned the details of the moment you ask her to marry you?

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Not yet? Don't worry; I'm here to help. Here are a few simple and romantc wedding proposal ideas to make Thanksgiving Day one to be very thankful for. 

1. Food Proposal

 

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Food proposals are popular, and there’s no better day to do a food proposal than a food-centric holiday: Thanksgiving! Like all food proposals, this one will take some planning, but it will be well worth it. The possibilities are endless for where you could hide the ring (just don’t do it in the turkey--that will be hard to find and no one wants a ring with turkey innards on it!). Here are a few ideas: 

  • Make her a special serving of her favorite dessert, whether it's a slice of pumpkin pie or a few chocolate truffles. Arrange the dessert on a plate, leaving plenty of room for the main event: a diamond engagement ring. 
  • Plan a champagne toast, tying a ribbon with the ring to her glass and enlisting help from others to distract her while the glasses are being passed out. 
  • Sneak away for a few minutes alone after the dishes have been cleaned up, and bring two mugs of hot cocoa or spiced apple cider. Hand her a mug, along with a box you say has an extra dessert in. Next to the cookie or pastry, wrap the ring in pretty paper. 

Enjoy watching your beloved's face light up when she sees that sparkling diamond engagement ring.

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2. What Are You Thankful For?

Do you and your friends and family go around the Thanksgiving table and say what you’re thankful for this year? If so, this would be the absolute perfect time to give a short, heartfelt speech about your sweetheart. Include specific reasons you are grateful for her and the relationship you have. Then present her with a ring and propose. If you don’t normally follow this tradition of sharing gratitude, subtly suggest you do it this year. Or, you could have one of your friends or family members suggest it so it doesn’t look too suspicious. Your proposal speech writes itself with this idea!

 

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3. Wishbone

Make sure you arrange that you two are the lucky people who get to break the turkey wishbone. Here’s the way it works: both of you pull, and the one left with the piece with the joint will have a wish granted. If you win the wishbone tradition, tell her why she's everything you've ever wished for. If she wins, tell her you want to spend the rest of your lives making all of her wishes come true. Then get down on one knee and propose. Fun and romantic, right?

 

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Our Wedding Rings Layaway Plan

by Kirsten Clark Tuesday, 20 October 2015 Wedding Rings

trio-ring-setsWe do everything here with our customers in mind. We want your ring buying process to be easy, stress-free and enjoyable. Wedding ring sets are an investment, and even with our affordable prices, it may be best for your wedding budget to space out several payments instead of having one lump sum. 

That’s why we offer a convenient and customizable wedding rings layaway plan. With our layaway plan:

  • You can break your total amount into achievable milestones and pay for it over time
  • You can even tailor your plan to your preferences by scheduling weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly payments, which can start on any specific date you choose

After you set up your schedule, we’ll automatically charge your debit/credit card based on your plan. Once all the payments have been made, we’ll box up your wedding ring sets and send them to you!

Did we mention that our layaway program has no fee? That’s just one of the reasons our plan is one of the best out there.

For the sake of comparison, let's look at our plan side by side with Walmart's wedding rings layaway plan:

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Not sure what schedule is best for you? We even offer a wedding rings layaway plan calculator to take the guesswork out of your payments. Just put in the total payment amount and your planned payment schedule. Then the calculator will break down the details of your payment plan!

Ready to get started with your layaway plan? Follow these simple steps:

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A Fresh Start for Your Second Marriage

by Kirsten Clark Sunday, 18 October 2015 Informational

In different parts of the world, the subject of remarriage can often be a hot topic. For instance, check out this article about the stir one advertisement is causing in India. When you watch the ad, you slowly realize hat this is the second marriage for both the bride and the groom. This may not seem like a big deal to some viewers, but in India, divorced or widowed women are often considered outcasts. The ad breaks with tradition and may mark a changing attitude toward remarriage.

While remarriage isn’t as controversial in the United States, it can still be sensitive territory to navigate for engaged couples. Here are a few of the issues to consider when planning a second marriage. 

The Big Decisions

 

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When you decide to get remarried, it's obviously a different situation than your first marriage. You and your spouse-to-be have new priorities and preferences, and you'll have a lot of decisions to make together. For example:

  • What kind of wedding do you want? Do you want a big, traditional ceremony? Or do you prefer a small affair where you exchange wedding ring sets in front of only close friends and family? 
  • What's your budget? What elements of your wedding do you want to prioritize? 
  • Do you want to have a wedding party? If either of you has children, do you want to involve them in the ceremony?
  • Who do you want to invite to your wedding? How do you want to announce the news to your friends and family? 
  • Do you want all the traditional events leading up to the wedding-- bachelor and bachelorette parties, wedding showers, etc.? What is important to you both?

These are all big questions, and there are no right or wrong answers – it simply comes down to what you and your partner want. For instance, if your first wedding was smaller, you might want to make this the wedding you’ve always wanted. But if your first wedding was an extravaganza, you might opt to save money for the future and have a more intimate ceremony this time around. Much of this also depends on whether this is your partner’s second marriage as well. For example, if one of you has never married, he or she might want the whole wedding experience.

Making it Unique

 

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The most important thing to keep in mind as you're planning your second wedding is that it's a fresh start. You may experience a few painful memories along the way or be tempted to say, "Well, the last time I did this..." but it's remember that this day is about you and your future spouse. Together you will make it unique and meaningful. 

Combining Families

Did you know that approximately 65% of remarrying couples bring children into their new marriage? That means that you and your soon-to-be spouse need to make sure you’re on the same page when it comes to raising your kids. What specific things you talk about depends on the children’s ages, but one thing you should definitely be thinking about is finances. Another is how you can make sure your kids feel as involved and included as possible at your wedding. Make sure your kids know that they are an important part of this new union and this new family you and your sweetheart are creating.

Wedding Ring Sets 

 

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Deciding which wedding rings to buy is always a tough decision – but sometimes more so for a second marriage. You want rings that reflect your personal style, while at the same time opting for something that's totally different from what you had before. Matching wedding ring sets are an excellent choice because the men's and women's wedding bands are designed to complement each other perfectly. They symbolize your union – joining together in a committed partnership – and moving on from the past with a new beginning.

And with My Trio Rings' wedding ring sets, you also don't have to blow your budget to get the perfect match. If you don’t want to spend a ton of money but you still want something exquisite to symbolize your love, all you have to do is browse our collection of diamond rings and fall in love. 

Are you planning on getting remarried soon?

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Creative Proposal Ideas Involving Her Cat

by Kirsten Clark Thursday, 15 October 2015 Proposal

A while ago, we brought you a post about involving your sweetheart’s dog in your proposal. As much as we adore dogs, we don’t want them to have all the fun!

Pets come in all shapes and sizes (much like women's engagement rings!), and they’re often a big part of the life a couple builds together. Sometimes there’s no better way to propose than enlisting help from her beloved pet. If the two of you are cat lovers, these creative proposal ideas are for you. 

1. Classic Cat Proposal

This is a proposal tactic that dog lovers often use, but we think it’ll work with your cat, too. Here’s what to do: tie a ribbon around the cat’s neck one of our solitaire diamond rings attached. After that, it’s up to you how you and the kitty approach your partner. You can have the cat wake her up in the morning with the ring attached or simply tie it and wait until she sees it.

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2. LOL Cats

This one is going to require some computer knowledge. If you haven’t heard of LOL Cats, you need to immediately search for them on the internet. They’re memes with pictures of cats and funny, broken English. If your soon-to-be fiance loves these memes, you could always take a picture of her cat and create your own LOL Cat meme that asks her to marry you. Here’s an example. If you have Photoshop skills, go wild with them; and if you don't know where to begin, use Canva, a free design tool with tons of ready-to-use templates.  

3. New Addition

If you or your sweetheart have the room and time for a new addition, you can surprise her with an adorable, fuzzy little kitten (but be sure she's on board with this idea before you make the leap!). Have the kitten’s collar read, “Will you marry me?” The kitten doesn’t just serve as the cutest proposal tool ever. It also symbolizes your future and the new beginnings you’re starting together. Maybe it’ll even be the first pet you jointly own! And once you make the agonizing decision of which kitten to adopt, browsing through women's engagement rings will seem much less daunting. 

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4. Dressed Up Cat

Get a custom sweater or outfit made for her cat. This is a good opportunity to incorporate some type of inside joke if you have one. If it’s a sweater, you can have, “Will you marry me?” embroidered on it. You could have another type of outfit done where your proposal is spelled out in rhinestones. Or, you could even buy a bridal outfit for the cat. Either way, once she sees her cat, get down on one knee and present her with one of our glittering solitaire diamond rings.

5. YouTube Star

If your girlfriend loves adorable cat videos (and let's face it, who doesn't?), spend some time creating your own video starring her cat. Keep it simple – a simple box or a laser pointer will get you started – and let the cat's adorable personality shine. Then cut to something she won't expect when she watches: a sign painted with, "I love you. Will you marry me?" or a slow-mo close-up of a dazzling diamond engagement ring. Watch the video together, and have your real-time proposal ready when she gasps in surprise.  

Looking for more proposal ideas and tips? 

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