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
- Getting in home help for an elderly parent
- Save on youth sports
- Taking professional quality photos with your cellphone
- 14 tools to make one income living possible
- Selling a prom dress
- 10 easy ways to get organized
- 5 big bills you can cut fast
- March bargains in supermarket and beyond
- 5 dumb ways to spend money on your kids Video
- 8 tips to successfully work from home
- What you shouldn't (and should) buy in March
- 5 types of freebies you can snag today
- What is the cost of raising a child?
- Spouse income calculator
- Should my spouse work, too?
- College savings calculator
- Home budget calculator