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Fun and Inexpensive Birthday Party Ideas

Your little one is having a birthday so you have to spend lots of money and go crazy on tons of presents, right?

Wrong! There are LOTS of fun and inexpensive birthday party ideas that your child will love.

Your child just wants to know you love them and will believe it is a great day if you make the effort to show how much you want to make them happy.

Children love the simple things in life, as you have probably noticed when they play with the box more than the toy itself.

Having children myself, I know how hard it is.

I know how much you want them to have everything that everyone else has and more.. but trust me when I say that “A little bit goes a long way.”

The first thing I do when planning a birthday party is decide “When?”.

After lunch is a good idea because you won’t have to come up with a lot of food to feed everyone, which saves money.

You want to choose the best time of day to meet your needs.

Parties at night can help with heat, while parties during the day provide for good lighting.

The time of the month is important too because of people’s schedules and there may be holidays to work around, just keep these factors in mind when setting a date.

“Where?” is the next question.

Paying for venues can run you a high cost, so keeping it local is best.

I have had many successful parties at my home. I like to do them outside, but that all depends on the weather.

Having a party at home sounds messy but it can be time saving and costs a lot less.

You can schedule your day around a house party, because everyone comes to you, it makes it so much easier.

Planning fun activities at home can almost be better than going somewhere because you and your child can bond by being creative.

Another way to save money on location is to go to a local park, you can even reserve a pavilion.

Play traditional games with the kids like freeze tag, or try a new twist to old favorites like this..

Here is a fun game idea..

Wherever you choose to have your child’s party, make sure its budget-friendly and fun-filled. Keeping it child-oriented will make it a memorable experience for your child and fun for their friends.

You don’t  have to go overboard with decoration.

Keep it simple with homemade decorations that the kids took part in making.

Create paper flowers, banners, and curly ceiling streamers. They especially like balloons, but you don’t have to spend money on helium, unless you want to make a balloon ninja game and shoot them with nerf guns! I saw this on pinterest:

Make easy eye appealing decorations with a little creativity and effort. I absolutely love these ideas!

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You can decorate with a theme in mind.

For example, cut out swords for a pirate themed party, or fill jars with candy for a sweet display!

Here is an excellent decoration idea! Just use some cheap table cloths (Hellllooo dollar store!) and some balloons and ribbon.. and Wah-Lah!!

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Party favors don’t have to cost a fortune.

A great homemade idea I just found on hgtv.com was a homemade cookie in a CD sleeve, so cute!

Party hats can be handmade out of paper, name tags on straws, and colorful paper bags are easy to make, use and recycle.

To fill goodie bags use something inexpensive and helpful like crayons and a notebook or stickers and stamps to decorate their hats and bags.

I absolutely love this take home lego idea!

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To keep food cost down, simply bake your own cake and have the children help you decorate it, its lots of fun!

No need for other food just a drink to go with it. A pretty and fun cake should be plenty for your tiny guests, just make sure you slice it properly to feed them.

Which brings me to the next topic, the guest list.

Depending on your budget, I would suggest keeping it to the number of age your child is turning.

There are lots of inexpensive birthday party ideas that your little one and their friends will love!

If you plan on using some of these ideas or want to share some things you’ve done for your child’s birthday, let me know in the comments below!

Fun and Inexpensive Birthday Party Ideas

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Budgeting Money- How to know what to Buy and what to Pass on

Budgeting money is no joke, trust me.

I can’t even begin to tell you how embarrassing it is to not have enough money to pay for everything.

I carefully plan out how my expenses will be spent or I will be absolutely broke. I have went through it before and I will tell you about it. I have gone shopping and spent too much on things and had to take them back to the store, its no fun.

Each pay period, delegate how much you can spend for each item by writing a list of bills and necessities.mom saving money image

We all know how important our housing payment, vehicle and utilities are- these should be at the top of your list. Once you have those paid, you need to allocate where else the money will be spent. Unfortunately, most of us don’t have an unlimited amount in our bank accounts to splurge, so it is critical to our lifestyle to budget well.

You have to decide what is essential and what is frivolous.

Do you like to shop? Who doesn’t? Things can get pretty expensive especially if you are a mom.

Before you rush off to the store, I want to break down each category of shopping lists and see what we can do to make them cheaper and how you can be style savvy in the process. You should have a good idea of how much you are going to spend before you go.

1. Groceries are the most critical part of budgeting money and I can give you some tips to help with this.

First of all, you should decide what the most important items are. A detailed list is very important because you can estimate how much it will cost and where you should go to purchase them for the best price. Meal planning is by far the one I struggle with the most, but in order to know what foods you need and how much, this is a very valuable technique to add to your budgeting. Skip the junk food, I know I am a health nut, but from personal experience, healthy foods are just simply cheaper. Also, eat at home. Only spend your allotted budget on foods you can prepare and take with you. It’s just more expensive eating at restaurants. Buy in bulk, you can save lots of money buying all the meat, essential starches and canned goods for the month in one go. Freezing items will be a great way of knowing you will have what is needed. Buy cheap brands, compare prices and purchase what will get you more for less. Buy fruits and vegetables that are in season. Keep count as you are moving throughout the store and don’t buy anything unnecessary.

2. Clothing IS a necessity.

If you’re like me, you are thinking, “shopping means clothes, shoes, etc.” This one is really tough because we all love name brand quality, but really, if you are willing to give on that a little, you can make some smart choices. The best clothes are the ones that fit your personality, style and preference. There is no need to spend a fortune on clothes or settle for what you don’t want either. Where you shop is important but not necessarily for name sake but expense. Shopping around is also a good idea, but you should be aware of how much gasoline it will take to achieve a successful shopping day.  You can find awesome, gently-used items at your local thrift store. This is great when you have kids because they like getting more for less as much as you do! They don’t mind that it belonged to someone before them, it’s new to them. You may think there isn’t anything there for you, but you might be surprised by what you find. When you do want to get a few brand new items, search for the best mark-downs available.

When you buy items that cost a little more, make sure to take good care of them so they last longer. Wash things by hand, hang them up to dry instead of putting them in the dryer. Learning to sew small stitches will also keep you from wasting decent items. Try not to let the kids wear their Sunday best in the mud. Remember when buying clothes it’s always a good idea to save money because they won’t last forever. Spend less and get more, but don’t trade quantity for quality, this is what your family will be wearing after all.

3. Toiletries and beauty care extras of this nature are a necessary evil.

We have to buy them so we should stick to the amount we can afford to pay for them. We all have our favorite shampoo or facial cleanser and it’s hard to say “no” to that new tube of lipstick. I won’t proceed to tell you what you can and can’t afford, but you know that you can wait for that new nail polish if it’s not on your budget list. When choosing bathroom and skin care items, buy in moderation. Choose the best priced brands and don’t skip out on desirable traits.

4. Home and car expenses seem to cut into our budget the most.

Oil changes come at a time when you can’t afford them and home repair is a never ending thing. Home improvement is something we all want to do, but don’t always have the financial means. By sticking to what has to be done versus what we want is key in saving money. It is important to have your vehicle checked out thoroughly each year so planning ahead is important. It would also be a good idea to arrange your assets to cover the cost. Once a year is a good time to invest in new fixtures, paint, or window coverings. My family usually does this around income tax return.

Here are some tips to saving money when doing home repairs.

The most important thing to remember when budgeting money is to remain focused on your needs and only splurge on wants when you’ve planned ahead.

What are your budgeting goals and how do you meet them?

Leave a comment below and share with your friends!

 

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7 Great ways to Save Money during the Holidays

The holidays are meant to be a time full of love, joy and peace.. but that’s hard to do if you’re stressing about money!

It’s already a struggle to save money during the whole year but then before you know it, the Holidays roll around and you’re wondering how in the world you’re supposed to all of a sudden come up with extra money for gifts and all the extras that come with the season.

Below are 7 of our young moms sharing some great ways to save money for the holidays.

 

bailey-young-mother“To save money for the holidays, I have been setting a little jar out since September. Any time we pay for something and have any change we put it in the jar. I’m also not eating out at all or going anywhere. I also have been consigning some baby clothes that don’t fit my little chunk anymore.” -Bailee Smithson

 

 

 

 

jessica young mom“To save money over the holidays we try to eat in as much as possible. The holidays can prove to be very busy and hectic and we try not to get caught up in all the busyness that most families tend to do. We use the holidays to enjoy each other and not worry too much about buying things for people. Usually my husband’s mother sends us a stack of Christmas cards that she gets for free and we send those out to family. Dollar store also has nice cards we use. To save money on presents for the kids we usually buy them starting a few months earlier. We will buy a present for each paycheck and by the time Christmas comes we have no debt, and our children have gifts.” -Jessica Hetzel

 

stevie young mommy“I start picking things up here and there through the year so it doesn’t seem like such a chunk of money all at once.” -Stevie Degenero

 

 

 

 

karen landin“Sometime in October I come up with a list and a budget of how much I want to spend on each child. And I stick to it! Black Friday shopping helps save money as well.” -Karen Landin

 

 

 

 

rachel bustamonte“I always swear I’m going to start a Christmas fund every year but sadly it never happens! I set a limit of how much cash I’m going to spend and starting in October I put away every week for it!” -Rachel Bustamonte

 

 

 

 

samantha jernee young family pic“I love lay away because #1 it stores everything for you (especially for the snoopy children I have),and #2 we pay a couple hundred each week, so it’s not so much all at once and #3 if anything goes on sale, it automatically gives you the sale price!” -Samantha Jernee

 

 

 

heather rowlands young family of five“I try to save money and start buying for Christmas months in advance when I see a good deal on stuff. I also hit up the dollar store for cute little stocking stuffers (hair things, play jewelry, chapsticks). The girls love it.” -Heather Rowlands

 

 

 

 

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Do you have any great ways to save money up your sleeve? Please share your tips in the comments below!

 

7 Great ways to Save Money during the Holidays