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Still, nothing says fun like inviting over your family and friends for a party.
A good party can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a thousand or so, but there is no reason to put off your fun.
Here are some ideas for frugal party planning, no matter what the occasion…
Of all these frugal party planning tips and ideas, my favorites (and the ones that I use most) are:
- Use my own silverware and plates. I always purchase white dishes, and while they may not be identical, they match. I also purchase simple silverware whenever I find it on clearance. That way, I always have settings for at least 20 people.
- Have everyone bring a dish. People like sharing their favorite dishes, and by asking them to do so you remove the mystery of what they should (or shouldn’t) bring. As the host, I usually provide the meat and let the guests do the rest.
- Keep the decorating simple. A clean house, seasonal decorations, and lots of candlelight are all it really takes to make a home festive for an adult party. For a children’s party, replace the candles with balloons.
I have been a certified tightwad striving for financial freedom since I became pregnant with my first child — and I decided to find a way to stay home with him full-time. I enjoy sharing my personal experiences in my journey back to financial health and planning for a future — which will include sending 2 kids to college and early retirement.