My wife and I don’t usually make a big deal about our birthdays, we normally just have some family over and have dinner and open presents. But coming up is a special birthday, our son Christian turns 1 year old in a couple weeks! So even though it’ll be a memorable day, we plan to save money while planning his birthday party.
- Plan ahead, just like other gift giving events such as Christmas. Planning ahead for a birthday party includes both budgeting throughout the year and picking up deals on presents and decorations when you see them.
- You can save big by holding the party at your own house. While it might be tempting to hold a party for your child at an amusement park, this can cost you hundreds of dollars.
- While there may not be much room at your house, keeping the invite list short can save you more in food costs.
- If you truly need a larger location, check some publicly funded places like libraries or the zoo.
- Stop by a dollar store for anything from gift wrap and cards to streamers and balloons.
- Bake your own cake. You can pick up a box of cake mix and some icing for just a few dollars instead of having one made for ten times the price.
- For food, you can save money on groceries at Costco to get a great price on a large amount of hamburgers, hot dogs and other birthday treats.
- Having your child’s friends over? Plan frugal activities like musical chairs and pin the tail on the donkey.
- You can create inexpensive treat bags by filling them with candies and stickers.
- Instead of treat bags, you could plan an activity that allows them to take something home. This is not only a fun activity, but the kids will enjoy it more than just a bag of cheap plastic toys.
Bonus: Get free stuff on your birthday, from free meals to special discounts!