Friday, July 29, 2011

Frugal 1st Birthday Celebration

Today is just an average Friday for many, but for our family we are celebrating our daughter's 1st birthday. Unlike most American families, there is no grand party planned. In our house, a frugal house, we aim for "Thanksgiving like" qualities at all holidays. What does that mean? Family, food, and fun.

We'll spend the day together. Both parents off from work. No child care. Depending on the weather we'll do something at a local park or check out the Blooming Butterflies at Olbrich Gardens. In the evening we'll enjoy a home cooked meal of spaghetti, garlic bread from our bread machine, veggies, and for dessert, carrot cake.

This past week I asked my husband, should we get her anything for Friday...you know, a package to open? It is a custom so entrenched in modern society that I felt bad for not having boxes for her to open. My mind said no, but some Mama guilt was creeping in. Thankfully my equally frugal minded husband does not suffer from said guilt. His response "goods and services -- why are birthdays just about goods -- services count too". And by services he meant the fun activities we would do, the meal we'd prepare. We talked more, and decided that as the kids age we'll continue to nurture this trend. Spending their birthday together, maybe incorporate travel at one point, but avoid giving a gift just because marketers tell us to. Instead, as they need things, we'll acquire them.

And so that is how this frugal family is spending July 29, 2011. Happy birthday "Smidge".


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