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Sunday, August 19, 2007

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Weekend Update

Birthday party season is back in full swing. Multiply three children in school or pre-school by fifteen to twenty classmates each and you get a pretty good idea how I spend my weekends during the school year. If we decide to sell our house, I vote we replace it with an Airstream trailer. Then we can just tow it to whatever party facility all the kids have unanimously decided is this year's must-rent and live out of it. With the gas money saved, I could afford presents.

This weekend we got hit with four birthdays, three girls, one boy. You do the math.

Yesterday I set out on a mission to find four birthday gifts on a limited budget. Bonus challenge: they could not be junk. At the dollar store I was able to put together three girly-girl bags that I think would pass for boutique swag. And for a nine-year-old boy, a dartboard, consigned to the discount store by retailers who feared it would put somebody's eye out. But in light of the Mattel toys lead-contamination scandal, a toy with visible hazards might be a welcome change.

The total damage for four presents, including gift bags? Twenty five dollars. Turns out, I am the poster girl for frugal living.

In other news:

Wrangling three little boys into church clothes, through an hour-long service, and away from the refreshments table is not nearly as much fun as you might think.

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Blogger Prisca said...

Dang! 4 birthday party gifts for $25?! You are indeed the poster girls for frugal living (and my new personal hero).

2:20 PM  
Blogger Wild said...

You're right. I won't be hanging out with you again till the holidays. Dizzying schedule, girlfriend.

8:24 PM  
Blogger Kyran said...

I am thinking of hiring myself out as the dollar store personal shopper.

9:00 PM  
Blogger Kyran said...

But not as a little boy wrangler.

9:01 PM  
Blogger tallgirl said...

Ugh. Birthday presents stress me out. I never know how much to spend or what the kid already has or if the parent will approve or if i am shoving my morals down their throat or if the kid will even like it.

Good job on the finds though.

9:57 AM  
Blogger Janine said...

Ah, yes. Birthday gifts are always a heap of trouble - not sure what's already in their stash, etc... Another occasion when I wish I could read minds...well, maybe not.

Janine @

1:36 PM  

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