Special Kid's Birthday without Expense
by Shauna Sonoda
Here is an idea for making your child's birthday a little extra-special at absolutely no cost to you (except some time). Throughout the year look for birthday clubs at various merchants in your area and sign your child up. Around the time of your child's birthday you will receive coupons for free goodies. Arrange to spend a day with your child - just him/her and you - to cash in on the various goodies offered. It is a great way to spend quality one-on-one time.
I did this with my son on his birthday this August. Baskin Robbins had sent him a coupon for a free birthday cone. He also received coupons from local mall merchants. The goodies included: a free donut, an arrowhead, an Orange Julius, a McDonalds happy meal, a sticker book, a box of candy, a goldfish (we passed on that one), and a book worth $4.00. We collected all the goodies and spent the rest of the day at the park. My son had a smile on his face from ear to ear.
One caveat, be sure to pack some food to take along as you may be tempted to buy some goodies for yourself along the way.
Shauna has also contributed "Christmas in July". It suggests ways to save on holiday spending if you start early. You can read it at: Christmas in July. .
Trending on TDS
- Raising money for your school, church or non-profit group
- Natural wound care Sponsored Video
- Organic treats for Halloween Giveaway
- Start your summer vacation planning now
- Organizing the disorganized mom
- Frugal ideas for kids' Halloween costumes
- 6 things to consider before taking on the care of elderly parents
- 6 cheap, effective home security solutions
- Grocery items you can find on sale in September
- Teen texting-while-driving cost: No LOL
- 5 colleges where your kid can go to school for free
- 6 secrets to saving more at discount stores
- What is the cost of raising a child?
- Spouse income calculator
- Should my spouse work, too?
- College savings calculator
- Home budget calculator