How to Have an Affordable Birthday Celebration
Don’t get me wrong, birthdays are a time to celebrate and even indulge a bit, but there are ways to do so without breaking the bank (or your friends’ wallets). Here are some things that I have done to have a budget-friendly birthday celebration:
- BYOB restaurants. I know many restaurants with great food that offer a BYOB option. Buying a bottle of wine or two beforehand is much cheaper than if you were to purchase the same wine at a restaurant. Same goes for mixed drinks and beers.
- Treat yourself to one thing that’s important to you. Many people use the excuse “but it’s my birthday” to self-gift all day (or even week) for a new outfit, dinners out, pampering, etc. If you are a foodie, treat yourself to a nice meal at a reasonably priced restaurant. If you are a fashionista, buy one new item to wear on your birthday (but, that you will wear again). Or, relax with a massage or manicure. Don’t break your budget on your birthday and chose just one special treat to indulge in or…
- Indulge in birthday freebies! I started receiving freebies from some of my favorite retailers as early as two weeks before my actual birthday this year. Some of the freebies I’ve received so far include: a $20 gift card from Vera Bradley to be used on any purchase of $20 or more, a free burrito at Boloco, a birthday gift from Sephora with no purchase necessary, a $5 coupon from DSW, and a free pastry from Panera. Other places that are known to offer birthday freebies include: Applebee’s, Au Bon Pain, Baskin Robbins, Red Mango, Coldstone Creamery, Ben & Jerry’s, Old Navy, CVS, etc.
- Host a pot luck dinner party. Most people don’t want to cook on their birthday, so dining out is a reasonable and great way to celebrate. This year suggest a pot luck dinner to your friends. This way you can celebrate in the comfort of your own home with all of your friends and enjoy a delicious dinner.
This year I plan to celebrate my 24th birthday with a few friends by heading to one of my favorite local dive bars for 90’s night. Sure beats trekking downtown to wait in a long line in my opinion (and will certainly cost me less)!