Wednesday, March 24, 2010

he made me do it


So I like to think that I am a classy person. But who says one cannot be classy and a great bargain shopper? At least I hope you can be both. Let me explain.

Last week was Brandon's birthday. I asked him what he wanted or how he wanted to celebrate and he told me that we should just save our money for something bigger. But in my festive-you-can't-NOT-celebrate-a-birthday mood, I was determined to find a way to celebrate it. Afterall, a birthday only comes once a year. In my mind, its a shame to not celebrate a birthday and make it a very special day. I can recall 2 birthdays in my life when it went quite the opposite. On one of them, I had to sing happy birthday to myself over a twix with a paper candle in it. I vowed I would always make birthdays special from that day forward.

Brandon's birthday this year was no exception--even with a small budget.

So here is what I did. (Brandon told me I had to blog about this to show everyone that celebrations can be done on a budget when you get a little creative).

First, I signed up for the Red Robin e-club--using Brandon's spam account so he wouldn't know about it. They sent him a coupon for a free gourmet burger and fries. Since I was new to their club, they also sent me a $3 off your next purchase coupon.

Brandon's meal- $Free
My meal- $4.30 with tax

This is Brandon saying "BOO-YA! We just spend $4.30 for dinner!"

See these delectable ice cream treats?


Free! Yep, Iceberg gives free shakes on your birthday (you have to show ID) and I registered with Coldstone to get a free ice cream as well.

Then, it was off to Blindside.

Great movie and it was at the Dollar Theater in Salt Lake.

So grand total for dinner, dessert, and a movie --
$7.30!!

Whoever says a birthday can't be celebrated on a budget is sorely mistaken. Not only was it cheap, but very memorable!

7 comments:

Dean, Andrea, and Tanner said...

You told me about that and I'm still SOOO impressed! Maybe you should plan Dean's bday for me...it's in June! ;)

Dean, Andrea, and Tanner said...

Oh yeah and HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRANDON!

Mandy Cox said...

That is awesome! I love all of your ideas Melissa!

jen said...

Jon always says that, too ("let's just save the money") and I'm always like you. Maybe it's an Allen thing? ;)

Brandon's birthday for under $10! That's amazing!! Good job!

Michal Thompson said...

That is so awesome! Connor said "she must be a king."

Becky said...

You and Brandon are so adorable! I vote that we have a game night and dessert together sometime. Let me know!

Jessica said...

LOVE IT!