Monday, September 22, 2014

Reader Request: Getting Married in Peru if You Don't Live There aka Destination Wedding

Peru is becoming a popular place to have a destination wedding. Many people are emailing me and asking me how they can get married in Peru when they don't live there.

If you want to get married in Peru and live there, then you're going to have to jump through more hoops. Read the following articles:
If you simply want to have a wedding in Peru and not live there, then it's pretty easy to do. Here's the thing, getting married in Peru requires getting documents notarised and translated and then register your Peruvian marriage back home. All of this adds time, money, and stress to an already stressful event. So here's what you should do.
  1. Get married back home. Have a simple, legal ceremony. Create a wedding registry!
  2. Have the wedding in Peru. You won't have to worry about legalisations or translations or any of that stuff. If you want to get married in a church in Peru, you will probably have to show a copy of your marriage license, but that's just for the church. You won't have to deal with any Peruvian government offices. 
So there you go, a short and sweet way to have a destination wedding in Peru. Even if you're just going to do there for a destination wedding, learning a bit of Spanish will go a long way. If you're looking to learn Spanish, Fluenz Spanish, Rosetta Stone, and Synergy Spanish.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Parents Shouldn't Use Kids As Their Retirement Plan

I didn't ask to be born. No one does. When my parents had me they had to assume the responsibility of taking care of me and the costs that went along with it. In return, they didn't expect anything. The tide is turned and now I'm a mother. I have a daughter who I provide for. I'll teach her the best I can and how to manage money when the time comes.

She's not my retirement plan. I didn't have her so that she could care for me in my old age. It's not tit for tat, I take care of her and she takes care of me. That's simply not how it works. However, for some people, it is. Some families believe in having more kids so that they can support them. I've even heard parents telling their grown kids that since they had to feed and clothe them for 18, 20, or more years, they have to do the same.  I found that in Peru, grown adults often had to provide for their retired parents. I speak Spanish and had no qualms giving my opinion. If you don't speak Spanish, now's the time to learn. It'll help you assimilate to the culture,and you'll be able to communicate easier. If you're looking to learn Spanish, Fluenz Spanish, Rosetta Stone, and Synergy Spanish.

That's wrong and it's not fair. People need to plan and organise their own finances. They need to budget and save. You need to have a variety of options available: stocks, bonds, CDs, mutual funds, saving accounts, property, etc. Not kids. Kids should not factor into your retirement planning. Research shows that it costs over a quarter million dollars to raise a kid from birth to age 18. If you really want to save money then don't have kids. It's as simple as that.

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