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Cheap Birthday Gifts

Brought to you by: The Frugal Buzz On May 16, 2011 No Comments

Cheap Birthday Gifts for Every Budget

Today people in almost every home are looking for ways to save money on gifts. Gone are the days of the over-the-top, spend until you drop, birthday gift. You can still surprise and wow that loved one, but you now need to be a little more creative in an effort to keep your wallet intact.

When it comes to giving a child a birthday gift there are many alternatives that will not break the bank. Many of the craft stores have large selections of do-it-yourself items. For the younger children aged two to five, buy some coloring supplies as they love to color and create. A large coloring book and stickers are a great way to occupy their time and they will love them.

Cheap Birthday Gifts PostOlder children, six to eleven, can enjoy clay and markers, and for the children from twelve to fourteen a kit with latch hook, painting, or building a car will satisfy them. Your young adults ages fifteen to seventeen will also have fun learning to knit or crochet and perhaps for the boys consider a kit for a bird house or model car.

Adults are easy too, and you have the added bonus that they truly understand the economic times. Giving a handmade gift such as a scarf will show that you put thought into the gift, rather than making a last-minute dash to the department store. If you are handy with knitting or crocheting, make a scarf or knit some beautiful kitchen potholders. Create a frame for showcasing photos of children or grandchildren.

If you are not crafty with your hands, you can still offer a nice, thoughtful gift that does not require a trip to the department store. Consider making dinner for your loved one or offering a coupon book with redeemable coupons excusing your loved one from chores.

Bake a special, favorite cake instead of purchasing a store-bought one. Putting the effort into making a special dinner and cake will show how important your loved ones are to you.

Birthday gifts do not have to cost an arm and a leg to be special. Thoughtful items such as handmade crafts or supplies mean more and cost less. Putting an effort into the gift is the important part, as these gifts will remain valuable many years from now.

Frugally yours, Mary

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Cheap Birthday Gifts for Every Budget

Brought to you by: The Frugal Buzz On April 11, 2011 No Comments

Today people in almost every home are looking for ways to save money on gifts. Gone are the days of the over-the-top, spend until you drop, birthday gift. You can still surprise and wow that loved one, but you now need to be a little more creative in an effort to keep your wallet intact.

When it comes to giving a child a birthday gift there are many alternatives that will not break the bank. Many of the craft stores have large selections of do-it-yourself items. For the younger children aged two to five, buy some coloring supplies as they love to color and create. A large coloring book and stickers are a great way to occupy their time and they will love them.

Older children, six to eleven, can enjoy clay and markers, and for the children from twelve to fourteen a kit with latch hook, painting, or building a car will satisfy them. Your young adults ages fifteen to seventeen will also have fun learning to knit or crochet and perhaps for the boys consider a kit for a bird house or model car.

Adults are easy too, and you have the added bonus that they truly understand the economic times. Giving a handmade gift such as a scarf will show that you put thought into the gift, rather than making a last-minute dash to the department store. If you are handy with knitting or crocheting, make a scarf or knit some beautiful kitchen potholders. Create a frame for showcasing photos of children or grandchildren.

If you are not crafty with your hands, you can still offer a nice, thoughtful gift that does not require a trip to the department store. Consider making dinner for your loved one or offering a coupon book with redeemable coupons excusing your loved one from chores. Bake a special, favorite cake instead of purchasing a store-bought one. Putting the effort into making a special dinner and cake will show how important your loved ones are to you.

Birthday gifts do not have to cost an arm and a leg to be special. Thoughtful items such as handmade crafts or supplies mean more and cost less. Putting an effort into the gift is the important part, as these gifts will remain valuable many years from now.

Frugally yours, Mary

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How to Have a Frugal Birthday

Brought to you by: The Frugal Buzz On May 7, 2010 No Comments

Birthday celebrations are an important event in everyone’s lives, particularly children. Getting together with friends to have food and cake helps us stay connected with those who are special to us, and keeps things in perspective. However, having a good birthday celebration can also cost, again particularly with children. So how does one go about putting together a fun, yet frugal birthday party?

There are actually many ways to save on birthdays, if one is willing to perhaps make a few concessions. Of course is your child is set on a particular venue or theme you may find yourself stuck in a corner, but there are always things you can do to save, and here are a few suggestions:

1)      Do-it-Yourself

While the thought of having 20 six year olds screaming around your house makes you cringe, this is by far the most economical option. With a few decorations, a home-baked cake and some chips and pop you have everything you need to have a great birthday party, including the mess to clean up. Check out dollar stores for great party fare, and they can usually blow up helium balloons too for relatively cheap.

2)      Local Options

While your child may want Chucky Cheese, this may not be in your budget. See if you can appease him or her with a party at your community pool, ice rink or bowling center. Anything that can keep the kids active and occupied is a great way to pass the afternoon. Most of these places offer meal and cake options as well, but you can certainly provide these yourself if you want to save a few extra bucks.

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