Got A Party To Plan? Tips On Reducing The Costs Associated With Graduations
Now that high school and college graduations are approaching, get ready to spend- or not if you read the tips below.
Gifts are a major expense. Last year the average person will be purchasing gifts for two new graduates, spending $99.94 (on average) on graduation gifts, according to a National Retail Federation survey. Nearly everyone who attends a graduation party or knows someone walking across a stage for a diploma will be giving a gift. Presents do not need to be expensive. This week Money Talks News shares 11 inexpensive or free graduation gift ideas, all of which would be appreciated by a recent grad. Anyone planning to purchase a gift should check for a coupon before making their purchase online or in-store.
Hosting a party is another major expense related to graduation. To cut down on the costs, there are several approaches:
- Instead of renting a space, take advantage of nice weather holding a backyard bash. May and June are known as graduation season and usually have comfortable temperatures for an outdoor gathering.
- Rather than paying for catering, ask guests to contribute a dish. Potluck parties are an easy way to reduce the expense of feeding guests.
- For any decorations, food, beverages or other party needs requiring purchase, be sure to review sales flyers to see which items have special pricing. Plan your shopping list based on what is on sale and look for grocery coupons. Dollar stores are a great resource for party needs including decorations and serving items such as disposable cutlery and paper plates.
There are many costs associated from gifts to parties, but there are ways to reduce the expenses.
This is a guest post from Jon Lal, founder of coupons and cash back website BeFrugal.com. BeFrugal.com offers cash back for online shopping at 3,000+ online stores with a current average rate of 7%.