birthday party http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/12359/all en-US Best Money Tips: Spring Birthday Party Ideas For Kids http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-spring-birthday-party-ideas-for-kids <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-spring-birthday-party-ideas-for-kids" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4632286743_f0552c7cc5_z-1.jpg" alt="Spring Birthday Party Ideas For Kids" title="Spring Birthday Party Ideas For Kids" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on spring birthday party ideas for kids, strategies to boost your retirement savings, and steps on the road to financial stability.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/6-spring-birthday-party-ideas-for-children">6 Spring Birthday Party Ideas For Children</a> &mdash; This spring, incorporate an outdoor scavenger hunt for your child's birthday party. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.smartmoney.com/personal-finance/retirement/2-key-strategies-to-boost-your-retirement-savings-1302898602755/">2 Key Strategies to Boost Your Retirement Savings</a> &mdash; Increase your retirement savings by being aware of public policy risks. [SmartMoney]</p> <p><a href="http://www.biblemoneymatters.com/10-steps-on-the-road-to-financial-stability/">10 Steps On The Road To Financial Stability</a> &mdash; If you want to be financially stable, you should seek out information and support. [Bible Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thecentsiblelife.com/money/6-ways-to-save-on-baby-expenses/?utm_source=rss&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=6-ways-to-save-on-baby-expenses">6 ways to Save on Baby Expenses</a> &mdash; Save money on baby clothes by utilizing hand me downs. [The Centsible Life]</p> <p><a href="http://vividways.com/transform-the-way-you-view-life/">10 Little Revelations to Transform the Way You View Life</a> &mdash; Transform the way you view life by putting yourself first. [Vivid Ways]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.thedigeratilife.com/blog/receive-a-windfall-and-treat-it-right/">When You Receive A Windfall, Treat It Right</a> &mdash; When you receive a windfall, be sure to first and foremost use it to get rid of your debt. [The Digerati Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Plan-Wedding-Guest-List-15806953">Wedding Guest List: 6 Money Things to Consider</a> &mdash; When deciding on a guest list for your wedding, be sure to compromise with your partner. [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.investopedia.com/articles/pf/11/opening-an-offshore-bank-account.asp">How To Open And Access An Offshore Bank Account</a> &mdash; If you are going to open an offshore bank account, you will have to decide what currency you want to hold the account in. [Investopedia]</p> <p><a href="http://www.upgradereality.com/how-to-persuade-anyone">The Top 5 Persuasion Techniques of All Time</a> &mdash; Want to persuade someone to do something? Try the lowballing tactic. [Upgrade Reality]</p> <p><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/heidi-grant-halvorson-phd/making-mistakes_b_841390.html">Why Letting Yourself Make Mistakes Means Making Fewer of Them</a> &mdash; Instead of worrying about making mistakes, take opportunities to learn how to get better at something. [Huffington Post]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-spring-birthday-party-ideas-for-kids">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-top-money-lessons-to-learn-from-ruth-soukups-unstuffed">4 Top Money Lessons to Learn From Ruth Soukup&#039;s &quot;Unstuffed&quot;</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-get-college-kids-home-for-the-holidays-for-cheap">6 Ways to Get College Kids Home for the Holidays for Cheap</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-best-sites-to-help-your-kids-learn-about-money">8 Best Sites to Help Your Kids Learn About Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-fun-games-that-teach-your-kids-about-money">6 Fun Games That Teach Your Kids About Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-good-money-examples-every-parent-should-set">3 Good Money Examples Every Parent Should Set</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Family best money tips birthday party kids Wed, 20 Apr 2011 10:00:25 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 528191 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Frugal Birthday Party Games http://www.wisebread.com/5-frugal-birthday-party-games <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-frugal-birthday-party-games" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/birthday.jpg" alt="Birthday" title="Birthday Cake" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>My daughter recently turned five. In case you don&rsquo;t know, birthday parties are a big deal to a five year old. Our family lives in a third world country so we knew we&rsquo;d have to get creative when it came time to plan our birthday games. In the end, we came up with some great games that the kids absolutely loved. My wife and I loved the fact that we spent less than $10 on the games for the birthday party.</p> <p><strong>Frugal doesn&rsquo;t mean boring.</strong></p> <p>For some reason, people think that frugal must mean boring. To plan a <a href="http://christianpf.com/birthday-party-on-a-budget/">frugal birthday party</a> just means you&rsquo;re going to find the best activities that don&rsquo;t cost a lot of money. Make sure the games you pick are unique. Most of these &lsquo;homemade&rsquo; games will work once, but perhaps not every time. The novelty is what is exciting to the kids.</p> <p>As a parent, you need to set the tone. We were really excited about the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-throw-a-kids-birthday-party-thats-fun-happily-memorable">birthday party</a>, my daughter was excited, and that was infectious. Everyone had a great time playing these birthday games.</p> <h2>Homemade Bowling</h2> <p>Take six empty two liter containers and fill them up with a few rocks to weigh them down. Set up the containers like bowling pins and have the kids stand several feet away. Give them a ball and sit back and watch. I was responsible to set up the pins and my wife fetched the ball.</p> <p>As a side note, we didn&rsquo;t even have a ball so we used a coconut. Unfortunately, after about 15 minutes, one of the girls threw the coconut instead of rolling it &mdash; no more ball, so no more bowling.</p> <h2>Create Balloon Animals</h2> <p>Yes, you could spend $100 or more and hire a clown, or you could get online and learn how to make balloon animals. In our case, we chose the latter, and my wife had all the kids make their own balloon animals. It&rsquo;s amazing how simple it is to make a little puppy dog out of a balloon. The kids loved the challenge and kept laughing at how different each dog turned out.</p> <h2>Funny Face Competition</h2> <p>Pull birthday guests out one by one and have them make a funny face in front of the camera. (Don&rsquo;t take them to a different room, just pull them to the corner.) Ask one of your adult helpers to take pictures of each kid making a funny face. Load the images onto the computer and invite everyone to judge to see which picture is the best, most creative, funniest&hellip; Keep making up categories until every kid is a winner of one category.</p> <h2>Pin the Nose on the Clown</h2> <p>For this game, you&rsquo;ll need someone with an ounce of artistic talent. Draw a clown picture on a large piece of paper, and then tape the picture to a wall. One by one, each kid gets blind folded and spun around with a sticker in hand. The winner is the person who puts their sticker closest to the clown&rsquo;s nose.</p> <h2>Bubbles Mania</h2> <p>On a warm and slightly windy day, we gave all of the kids a little bubble container. Of course, anything involving kids and bubbles is sure to be a success. After the kids play independently, you can stand up on an elevated porch, ladder, or pickup truck and blow bubbles. Encourage the kids to pop all the bubbles before any of them touch the ground.</p> <p><em>What frugal birthday games have you played that were a success?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/craig-ford">Craig Ford</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-frugal-birthday-party-games">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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