Frugal Living

How to Save on Birthdays All Year Long

If you have a large family, you’ll be aware that keeping up with birthdays can be a pricey business. If you’re keen to celebrate in style, but you don’t have a huge amount to spend, these tips will help you to save money without missing out on memorable family occasions.

Saving money on cards and gifts

If you have to buy twenty birthday presents every year, the cost can soon add up. Before you know it, you’ve added hundreds of dollars to your outgoings. We all like to give cards and gifts when our siblings, parents or nieces and nephews are celebrating a birthday, but you don’t have to spend a fortune to spoil your loved ones.

If you have a birthday coming up, and you have a tablet or a computer, you can use software and online programs to make your own card rather than buying cards from a gift shop or stationery store. You can also search sites likes Pinterest for DIY gift ideas, and you can register online for discounts and special offers. If you see a top you like for your sister, for example, you may be able to save money on the RRP by subscribing to the store’s online mailing list. You’ll get codes and promotions emailed directly to you.

If you have a big family, another idea may be to adopt a ‘secret Santa’ style system for birthday gifts. Perhaps you could choose one person each to buy for, and you can spend $50 or $100 on them rather than buying a series of smaller, less expensive gifts.

Planning parties at home

If you have children or your relatives tend to like going out to celebrate their birthdays, life can get expensive. You may able to save money by hosting parties at home. If you throw a party for your children, for example, you can save money on venue hire and catering. You can still have a theme, and everyone will have a great time, but you won’t have to worry about breaking the bank. Buffets and barbecues are a great way for feeding large numbers of people on a budget, and you can create your own decorations. If you’re marking a family member’s birthday, and you’re worried about the cost of paying for a meal at a restaurant, offer to host a meal at home, and ask everyone to bring something. You can split the cost, and you’ll still be able to enjoy quality time together.

If you have children, life can be expensive enough without throwing family birthdays, Easter and Christmas into the mix. We all enjoy celebrating special occasions, but nobody wants to spend all their time worrying about money. If you want to treat your loved ones or throw your kids an amazing party, you don’t have to blow the budget. There are ways of celebrating in style and keeping costs down at the same time. Make use of the Internet to save money on cards and gifts, be creative, and think about introducing a new system and buying one big presents rather than smaller gifts for the whole family. If you’re planning a party, you can save loads of money by offering to be the host.

2 thoughts on “How to Save on Birthdays All Year Long

  1. Thanks for the tips! Planning parties for home is a good saver but on the downside you get left with all the clearing up so it has it’s pros and cons but it does definitely save money.

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