Budget Busting Birthday Parties? – Part 1

by Marcy on February 16, 2008 · 0 comments

As I have alluded to in previous posts, I am planning 2 birthday parties this month for Gracie. With only $86.46 left in my grocery budget for the month, it is going to be quite a challenge to feed my family for the next 2 weeks, plus feed 40-45 people (total) at the birthday parties. Why, might you ask, am I hosting 2 parties, and for so many people? Well…DH & I both come from fairly large extended families and my house won’t fit everyone if I have just one party. And it is February in Ohio which means that using our patio is out of question. But I digress…

I decided to sit down and plan out the rest of the month this morning to see where I am budget wise. I had a rough idea in my head at the beginning of the month as to what the menu was going to be at the parties…so I have been picking things up here and there as I have been shopping. However, I do still have a pretty large list of items left to purchase.

I am still working things out, but currently I have completed my weekly menu plans for the month, determined what I have left to buy for the parties, and figured out approximately what it is all going to cost. Right now I am about $30 over budget. $30 isn’t terrible, but it is over budget. And I did cheat a little – I have not included all of the paper products and decorations that I have already purchased for the party in my grocery totals for the month.

It is really important to me that I find a way to trim the extra $30 while still providing a nice meal at the parties. I’m hoping to spend more time today or tomorrow figuring out where I can cut costs to hit my monthly budget.

Stay tuned… soon I’ll post what I am going to serve at the parties, and how I figured out a way to cut my budget. Because I am going to figure it out!

Enjoy your weekend! :)

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