April 12, 2002, Newsletter Issue #40: Party Planning 101 -- Setting a Budget

Tip of the Week

No matter what your party, it is always best to set a budget prior to purchasing anything. It is a good idea to have a small notebook.

1) Start with a rough estimate for your budget. How much are you willing to spend?
2) Make a list of things you will need. (food, decorations and flowers, invitations, music, etc.)
3) ALWAYS, ALWAYS make room for unexpected expenses. They will come up.
4) If time permits, shop around to get the best deal. With a little work you can find great deals.
5) As you purchase things, write down their cost in your notebook or at least keep the receipts together. This will be a constant reminder of how much you have spent.
6) A good motto to have is "THINK TWICE, BUY ONCE." Always think prior to purchasing an item. Can you get it somewhere else cheaper? Do you really, really need it?

By following these simple guidelines, you can have a terrific party without going into debt!


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