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My Trio Rings vs. Jared: Layaway Plan and Shipping for Diamond Rings
We’re one of a kind here at My Trio Rings. We strive to give our customers the best possible wedding ring shopping experience they can have by combining an unmatched level of service and a wide selection of quality wedding ring sets. In fact, this is such a cornerstone of our business that we don’t think you’ll find another retailer that compares – either online or in store.
To prove it, we’ve been sizing up our competition. In a previous post, we compared our layaway plan to Walmart’s layaway plan. This week, we’re looking at the Jared the Galleria of Jewelry and examining what makes My Trio Rings an easier and more convenient shopping experience for finding your perfect wedding ring sets.
Jared offers a credit financing plan. While this is convenient for some customers, it is highly dependent on past credit history and can also make their purchase far more expensive when factoring in high interest rates. To take advantage of this program, you must open up a Jared credit card and either follow a 12-month plan or an 18-month plan.
Just by taking a quick look at this comparison, it’s clear that the My Trio Rings layaway plan is more convenient and customer-focused. We don’t call it a financing plan because you don’t need to open up a credit card account with us for a flexible payment option.
Customer service and convenience are always top of mind at My Trio Rings? Check out the differences between our policies and Jared's when it comes to shipping.
Our Shipping Policy: Free shipping on orders within the U.S.
Jared’s Shipping Policy: Free shipping to any of their stores. Shipping charges will apply when the jewelry shipped to your home.
When you buy with us, we want to make your purchase as easy and enjoyable as possible. That’s why we deliver your glittering diamond rings right to your doorstep for free!
Zales In-Store Credit vs. My Trio Rings
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.
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.
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
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.
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?
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
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.
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!
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?
Our Wedding Rings Layaway Plan
We 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:
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:
A Fresh Start for Your Second Marriage
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
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
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.
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
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?