Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Inexpensive Birthday Celebrations

When you're on a budget and looking for an inexpensive way to host a party, consider a bit of nostalgia. Bowling offers the opportunity to talk with everyone and yet provides an activity. For a rental fee of about $3 for shoes and $2 per game after 8pm, you just can't miss.

Today was a close friend's birthday. Inspired by a recent trip she took to Hawaii, I went to the party store and spent $15 in decorations and favors. I know I could have saved quite a bit, but it was worth it and I can reuse most of it for another island themed party. I purchased silk flower leis, a posable cardboard dancer, tropical fish bendy straws (because its not a party without fun straws!), and a crown for the party princess. Dinner consisted of 1 pizza for $14.75 and atomic cheese nachos as a joke for the birthday girl ($3.75).

Now, I have to admit that I could have done this for less, but there was no clean up and I was able to participate as much as everyone else because I didn't have to do anything.

As for the the party itself, I think everyone enjoyed the music from the 80s, neon setting, and of course, those fashionable shoes!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Debt Repayment Update

After struggling for some time with my repayment plan, I've been pushing forward with efforts to increase my income. My first step was to call a bakery I used to work for. Knowing June is a huge wedding season, I asked if they needed help with delivery. I've now completed two weekends and earned $250. Helping a friend rent her apartment I've scored another $100. Best of all, my $600 kicker check should be here by the end of the week.

All of this will ensure I reach my goal of paying off a 401k loan.