Monday, April 18, 2011

How to Throw a Shower on a Budget

The word budget usually has a negative connotation. It doesn’t bother me, in fact, I feel like a budget gives freedom. It keeps you in check. They help us save money. They are a good practice for those who need one and those who feel like they don’t.

In other words, we could all benefit from a budget.

I wanted to share 5 tips I found for throwing a shower on a budget! I will share one tip a day this week.

1. Make a Plan

If you fail to plan, you can plan to fail. I do believe that this may be my husband’s favorite quote. From saving for retirement to planning for vacation…it just rolls off his tongue.

When you are planning a really does pay to plan. I sure found that to be true. You know what you are looking for and can keep your eyes open for hunting deals. If you have no plan, you better believe your shower will cost you more than you intended to pay.

First thing you need to do is sit down and make a plan. Try to go through everything you are going to need for your shower or party. Are you planning it by yourself or going in with someone? What types of eats are you going to serve? How many people are you inviting? Do already have some supplies in your stockpile?

Invitations, food, decorations, favors, and on and on...write it out.

Then detail each one with what costs are involved in each. Under invitations you have the cost of the actual invitations and the postage.

You get the idea. It sounds like a pain, but ten minutes of planning will surely save you money.

I will be back tomorrow with Step #2: Setting a Party Budget


Phoebe said...

Looking forward to most posts!! I am bad at being a party planner on a budget.

Katie said...

Phoebe, I totally understand! It is just hard to do...

Lisa said...

I am planning a shower for a family member this summer. Thanks for sharing this information. I know it will help me not to overspend!

Misty said...

This is a MAJOR "saving" step for me... I know this is something I MUST do as I plan the kiddos birthday parties. I am loving these posts!

Marianne said...

My mom taught me this lesson when I was 12 and I wanted to throw my own birthday party and invite my friends. She gave me money and told me to go ahead. I ended up being able to buy the food needed and then I used what we had to decorate with. It was the best party ever. Even now, I set an amount and then plan out of that. Even my wedding was planned this way and I ended up using way less than I had.
Found you at New Nostalgia.

Katie said...

@ Lisa, I hope it does help you in some way :) Thanks for stopping by!

Katie said...

@ Misty: Yeah, these steps will be good for birthday parties!

Katie said...

@ Marianne: Wow, that is so awesome. Your mom sure taught you at a young age.

You are right on, when you said you ended up using LESS than what you budgeted. When you force your mind to think about each purchase you end up not buying as much.

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