$500 – $1500 that is the amount of money you spend on your child’s birthday, right? Let me clue you into something – what a waste of money! It is important to make your child feel loved, but not worth getting further in debt for one event. If you feel pressure to take your eight year old and some friends to Disneyland for a few days, stop! To save money, here are five ways to cut back on your youngster’s party and still a blast.
Opt Out Of A Store Bought Cake
Let’s face it; the cake looks cool until you dive into it. To save money, make your own cake. A box mix at the store goes on sale for usually $0.75 to $1.25. As long as it tastes good, the kids won’t care.
Skip The Invitations
Don’t waste money on something that will ultimately be thrown away. Instead of spending money on invitations, text or email the parents the information. Plus, this way other kids won’t feel bad about not being invited. If you child has to do invitations, make them yourself and spend the time to be creative.
Ditch The Venue
Instead of spending money renting a venue or paying for a party package, consider different ways to get to know Mother Nature. Nature activities don’t cost near what a venue would and are free most of the time. Some examples of nature activities include:
- Scavenger hunt in the woods or park
- Playing water games
- Playing team games like kickball or baseball
For a winter birthday, consider:
- Snow shoeing,
- Snow activities at home like a snowman building contest or build forts and have a snowball fight.
Kids love being outside and today’s kids seem to lack in the time they spend in nature. Let their imagination soar and save money by getting them out of their element of always having to be entertained or in front of a screen.
Decorations and activities are out of control for children’s birthday parties. Simplify both to save money. Balloons and crepe paper are a cheap way to decorate. Let kids be creative and incorporate an activity into the day that serves as a decoration for a bit. Then let the kids take their decoration home with them. (Saves on clean up too!)
Forget The Party Favors
Believe me; the parents of those kids will be glad. Forget the little trinkets and treats you feel you have to send home with each guest. If you feel inclined to send them home with something, make cupcakes for the road, buy one candy bar for each child, hand out balloons you decorated with, or send them home with something from the activity of the birthday. Those sacks full of little crap usually just ends up in the trash so don’t waste your money.
Simplifying Is Key
Even parties at home can tend to get out of control financially. Set a budget and stick to it. Remember, it is one day! It isn’t your job to extravagantly entertain everyone for your child’s birthday. Stop trying to keep up with the Jones’; chances are they are swimming in debt! Instead, save money by simplifying the day. Enjoy getting back the basics of a game, cake and ice cream and a fun time with friends.