It’s never a surprise that a birthday party is coming up and so its a good idea to plan ahead. Most unessential expenses arise as a result of spontaneous consumer purchases. By planning things ahead of time, it makes it easier to avoid unnecessary trips to the party store. Looking around at stores you already shop at a month ahead of time while making routine trips provides a non-exhausting and highly efficient way of acquiring necessary items.
Shop in stores first; purchase the stuff on line. The war on the over price retail industry can be won – and is being won. Consumers have shown year after year that they are willing to wait three to five days for an item to ship, rather than pay three times the price for instant satisfaction.
Before a purchase is made – just look first. This isn’t merely an issue of money, but a tactic which will increase the overall quality of the party. Browsing selections of multiple stores allows for an understanding of all of what is available to choose from. The trends and popular items will stick out because they will have a larger presence from store to store. Don’t go with the most popular theme – unless it is an absolute favorite and must of your child. The reality is just because its the most popular thing around doesn’t mean it is your child’s favorite. Children don’t usually like the most popular thing – their parents do – and children honestly just want to make their parents happy. For that matter, the most popular theme will be used for many of your child’s friends parties and as such they’ll get that experience multiple times.
Another reason why you should be planning this birthday a month ahead of time is so you can find out what your child is into without them suspecting what you are planning. Ask your child what they are interested in the most. Ask what their favorite show is and what their favorite animal is. Use this to help with your plan.
So now that you have a list of what is available, and what your kid is into – the next most important thing is to figure out what the budget for your party for. What can you afford to spend? Based on the expected cost of a cake, decorations, and party favors, figure out how many of these items can you fit into the budget. Of all of these items – how many can you fit into the budget? If you cannot afford all of the essential items necessary, you will have to make them yourself or figure a bigger budget.
Take the list of items you plan to buy, and look them up individually on line. Purchase the ones that are cheaper on line than in stores. Remember if you are purchasing ten or twenty of the same item – then even if it is sold on line for only a couple pennies cheaper, you will also be saving the tax. Most on line vendors do not charge tax. Research this more thoroughly for the vendor you are purchasing from before making the purchase.
Now enjoy the benefits of the cheap party. If the on line savings are significant enough – it may be easily possible to splurge and get more luxurious versions of items while maintaining the budget you want. MP3 Players can be purchased in ten or twenty packs for about fifty bucks. The retail industries are designed to rip you off. Best Buy for example is a total SCAM in terms of the fact that their product markup is so high I’d rather make love to a blender than purchase something from that sanctum of sorrow.