Why Are Birthday Parties So Expensive?
How much would you spend on your child's birthday party? ? 0? 0? More? I asked myself that question this week as I was planning a
party for my almost 8-year-old daughter. Even when I have the party at home, I
still seem to rack up the expenses: craft or game supplies, food, decorations, goody
bags. I don't think I've ever gotten away cheaper than a few hundred dollars.
And when I have it at a place? Astronomical. The year we had a birthday party
at our local pottery-painting place my husband almost had a heart attack when
he saw the bill.
friend of mine has solved the problem by telling her kids they only get a party
every other year. Another friend foregoes the parties all together and her
family goes on a fun family weekend away instead. (Still costs them money, but
somehow spending it on family bonding feels better.) Me? This year I told my
daughter she could take a few friends to an off-Broadway show. My husband and I
budgeted 5 for the tickets, which was pretty extravagant, but last year she
had a cheapo party and we figured she deserved it. When I called for tickets,orchestra seats were available but pricey. Balcony seats were also available
and much cheaper. The old me would have bought the more expensive seats because
I would have wanted the party to be perfect, but I've changed. I decided the
girls would like the show no matter what and they didn't need the best seats.
much did I spend? 0, which I know is a lot, but for a show I think it's pretty good all things considered. I
guess what I have to learn (and keep reminding myself) is that kids don't really notice how much you spend,
and they don't much care. They just like being together, which doesn't have to
cost very much at all. Next year, I'll spend even less.
How much I've saved on the way to ,000:,636.17.I took the 5 I
didn't spend and put it into savings. I'm gettingreallyclose to my goal—woo hoo!
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