This week we have St. Patrick’s Day and in two weeks time Easter will be here. For me I also had two birthdays to celebrate this month. How do we stay on budget when we find a month having more celebrations than we expected?
With St. Patrick’s Day I don’t do anything special, it’s just another day as far as I’m concerned. Easter is another matter. While the day doesn’t have much meaning for me, I do have grand children who enjoy a celebration therefore I like to do something little for them to make the day stand out.
Life isn’t about spending money, or at least I don’t believe it is. We can give gifts of experiences, which may not be inexpensive depending on what you choose as the gift. But if you have a budget for gift giving it will make things easier.
As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live. ~~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I know that I don’t want my grandchildren to grow up equating expensive gifts as the way to give love, that would only set them up for future hardships later in life. I also in giving gifts want to stay true to my beliefs and values. For that reason I don’t give a basket of candy. I love my grandchildren too much to give them gifts that will have an adverse affect on their health.
So what can you do when you don’t want to give sugary gifts and want to stay on a budget of $5 per child?
- I can give them money to teach them to save, yes they have bank accounts already.
- I could head to the thrift shop and find a game or article of clothing.
- I could take them out for a light breakfast, we have a lovely bagel shop locally owned that they love.
- Or I can make them something.
This year I will be making little things for their rooms. My grand-daughter spotted this on pinterest.
All this takes is a yard stick (I have an old one that had belonged to my grandparents) and some poster board cut into the shape of hearts and sewn together. I found a package of poster board for $1.99. This is something she really likes, she can keep it for years and it will make her smile.
For my youngest grand-daughter I will make this for her, also found on Pinterest.
What two-year old doesn’t love pin wheels? She can have hours of fun with this and it won’t cost me a dime.
My grand son spotted this one day and began jumping up and down saying he wanted it for his room.
While he loved this, he really wants it to have pictures of Spiderman on it instead. I’ve asked his mother to collect a few pictures for me and using some of the cardboard I’ve collected I can cut out the letter of his first name to apply the photos on.
It really doesn’t take much to make a small child happy and by making the gifts I give to them on Easter it will teach by example that the best gifts are those made from the heart with the recipient in mind.