Birthdays on a Budget

Amy - posted on 09/21/2018 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My son is turning 13 this year. While I consider this year a milestone into the teen years, I am starting to feel this is getting even more expensive. My son started a competitive school this year, just got a new cellphone, and is starting braces while I have started my Master's program. There has to be balance within your finances and if I can't fix my $10,000 broken A/C, why would I throw a party? But if I can buy an Apple Watch, I should afford a birthday party? He has had a birthday party every year, but every year I feel more stressed. I think the biggest thing that stresses me about the birthdays is wanting everything to be done within my tightly squeezed finances and schedule. Also, I feel pressure from my large family regarding the parties. Last year, I didn't have enough large paper plates and it was "inappropriate" to use the paper bowls instead. The year before that, I didn't mow the lawn early enough. The year before that one, I forgot have the family's main dish prepared. I personally hate playing the "single mom" card (no dad support), but my family really thinks I should throw a party because they said he won't want birthday parties forever. Any advice?!

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Maryanne - posted on 10/18/2018

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i totally agree with mary its your sons party who cares if others dont like what served or decorations or gifts that u give him and at that age should be less costly and more practical invite the people he wants and do whatever it to taks to make the best of HIS special day

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