The following is a post from our sponsor, SavingStar.
I’m a party girl. Always have been. Always will be.
And once I grew up and got a house of my own, I vowed to have a big party every year. Sometimes it’s a holiday party, sometimes it’s a birthday party, sometimes it’s a backyard barbecue. And sometimes, when I’m feeling really industrious, I’ll have all three.
But parties can be your own worst enemy, financially.
If you’re anything like me, you still have that frat party mentality -- the more, the merrier. I start by inviting 40 of our closest friends, then add the peripheral 20, then another 10, then 5 or 6 more that I barely even know. Just in case. After all, there’s nothing worse than throwing a party when no one comes.
By the time party day rolls around, I’m looking at a guest list of half-a-hundred or more. And because I can never really trust an RSVP, I prepare for a full 75.
I cook, I clean, I shop, I shop some more. I buy more crackers than I can use in a year and cook more spinach balls than can possibly be consumed. At the last minute I think I need more mixers so I run to the local convenience store because, well, it’s more convenient.
I’m wise enough not to save the receipts, nor discuss them with my husband, but between you and me and everyone else who is reading this, I can spend half a mortgage payment, or more, on my annual bash.
This year, money was a little tight (as opposed to last year, and the year before that, and the year before that). So, I made a conscious effort to tighten the purse strings. Here are a few party planning tips that can help you save a bundle:
Next time you’re planning a party, and your budget is bursting, don’t panic. Instead, take some time to think it out, make some lists, check out SavingStar and put the savings into NEXT year’s gala event!
How do you make your parties more affordable?
Going to baseball games
Riding bike rides in the nice weather
Playing outside after work/school
Going for walks outside