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How to Celebrate Birthdays on a Budget!

I love having something to look forward to. Usually, this translates into turning everything into a celebration (for example, we celebrate “Friday Eve” every Thursday night. I use “celebrate” in the loosest sense of the word, but still..) Anyway, I love birthdays. I love making someone I care about feel special. I’m not complaining about celebrating myself either, haha. The trouble is, keeping the balance between having a great time and making your birthday boy/girl feel special and staying in budget! So here are some tips that have helped me keep the balance, I hope they work for you as well.

1) Utilize all the free birthday offers that are out there. Tons of restaurants offer free meals and lots of places offer free activities for the actual birthday person as well. There is no reason why you shouldn’t get three free meals on your birthday! Also, most places offer birthday freebies or discounts for your whole birthday month not just on your special day. Check out this list of birthday freebies for ideas of things you might like. Usually all you have to do is sign up with your email to get the free birthday vouchers.
2) Let’s talk about the actual birthday party. When I was growing up we were only allowed to have a “friend” birthday party every other year. With four kids having a birthday each year, that can really add up! We always looked forward to the years with our friend birthdays, but the off years were fun too. Typically in place of our friend party we would get to do a “bigger” activity together as a family. So either way was a win.
3) When you are throwing a party you need decorations on the cheap. Thanks largely to pinterest and all the selfless design bloggers out there, there is tons of free printable decor you can use. It’s as easy as finding what you want, printing and assembling! Also, having a party kit in a box helps you re-use cute decorations so that you don’t really have to worry about spending money on decor after the initial purchases!

 4) If you are doing a birthday party, make sure you get a “venue” on the cheap. Try to work with what is in season, if it is wintertime go sledding and have hot chocolate. If it’s summertime see if you can borrow your friend or neighbors pool. If its springtime pack picnic type lunches and go on a hike… you get the idea! It will be fun and feel special, but not having to pay for a location or activity will allow you more money on things like food and party favors. 

5) DIY. You can always save money by doing things yourself. Make your own invitations. Make your own cake. In fact, pretty much anything birthday related can be done yourself (think pinatas, candles, etc.) Here is a compilation of 10 cute birthday DIY’s I like.
6) It’s the thought that counts. There are tons of things you can do for your kids/significant others that don’t cost much money at all. Think breakfast in bed, heart attack on bedroom door, birthday crown, coupon book, and the list goes on and on. I’ve found that all people really want on their birthday is to be remembered, recognized and made to feel special. None of those things require a perfectly executed party at the most expensive place around.

Well there you have it. If you have any other ideas about how to celebrate birthdays on a budget please leave them in the comments, let’s help each other out!

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