When you’re a kid, there’s nothing more exciting than your birthday approaching. You’ll tell anyone who’ll listen that you’re happy about being a year older, you’re excited about your gifts and how you’re going to celebrate your special day.
But, if you’re the parent of that child, birthdays don’t always evoke the same enthusiasm. The looming cost of their big day is enough to deflate any birthday balloons in an instant. You’re worried about spending over your budget and disappointing them at the same time. It’s a difficult situation to be in, but an incredibly common one.
To help you manage your child’s birthday expenses, I’ve gathered some simple ways you can save some money with these budget boosting ideas.
Choose gifts from competitive retailers
Whether they’ve hinted at a couple of items or they’ve given you a list as long as your arm full of expectations, selecting the right birthday gifts for your child is usually the most expensive aspect of their birthday. While it’s tempting to head straight to retail giants in search of a bargain, if you’re trying to save money on your kid’s birthday then you may want to try other online retailers like Wicked Uncle. There you’ll find a wide range of toys specifically chosen for boys or girls, and you can also set the age range and the amount you’re hoping to spend. It not only makes finding the right gifts easier but much more budget-friendly.
Put limits on gifts
If your budget is a little tight this month, then don’t panic. Putting a limit on the number of gifts your child will receive and managing their expectations will ensure everyone is happy and satisfied on their birthday. Believe it or not, you don’t have to go overboard just because it’s their birthday, your child should appreciate and love any effort you have made.
Make the cake yourself
Why are cakes so expensive?! Maybe it’s the size, the ingredients or the sickly characters that they’re decorated with, either way, store-bought cakes will quickly send your budget over the edge. By making your own cake instead, you’ll manage to keep costs low whilst fulfilling their birthday dreams. If baking isn’t your forte, don’t panic. Consider buying a packet mix or follow a simple tutorial on YouTube. You could even decorate the cake with figurines from their toy box.
Don’t feel the pressure from others
If you’re on a budget and conscious of your financial situation, then don’t allow peer or social pressure to dictate how you spend your child’s birthday. Maybe grandparents are intruding on your frugal plans, or your sister is making you feel guilty. Whatever the issue, don’t allow others to pressure you, or ruin your child’s birthday!
And finally, consider combining family birthdays
Do your children have birthdays that are close together? If so, why not ask them if they want to share their big day? It means one set of decorations, one cake and one set of expectations to manage on the day. It just makes financial sense.