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Frugal-Living Parties

Brilliant or Baffling: Frugal-Living Parties

Entertaining can be pricey, so Chicago's Daily Herald encourages you to throw a frugal-living party the next time you want to open your home. It suggests using tissue paper you've saved from previous holidays and shaping it into "giant flowers that can be suspended from the ceiling" instead of buying balloons, and advises to make clean up part of the party by mixing homemade cleaners.

Other ideas to consider: share money saving tips, exchange budget recipes, and eat from reusable dishes instead of disposable ones. What do you think of this idea, is it brilliant or baffling?


Ladytron7000 Ladytron7000 8 years
I agree that throwing a party is way cheaper than meeting everybody out at a bar or a restaurant anyway, so it's already frugal.Why is using reusable dishware a novel idea? Why would anybody ever use disposable dishware at home? Unless, like, you're moving and your dishes are all packed.
Zivanod Zivanod 8 years
It's great to be able to throw a good party with little expense but you don't let everyone know that. Parties are meant to be an escape from daily problems.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 8 years
I remember someone I know threw a party to celebrate recession a few months ago. Hmm.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I think just getting together and someone cooking and so forth is frugal enough, no reason to bust out old tissue paper...
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Ha, every time I go to my inlaws' house it's a "frugal living" party. Generic soda, homemade/store brand food, reusing the plastic forks, saving all the wrappers from the bread to use for other things...and if there are gifts involved, like at Christmas, we have to save the wrapping paper for my MIL. It's definitely kind of a lesson on how to save money, that's for sure. We tease her for some of her frugality, but she has some pretty interesting ideas sometimes.
Chouette4u Chouette4u 8 years
"...and advises to make clean up part of the party by mixing homemade cleaners. " OMG I don't know what I would do if I went to a party and THAT was on the agenda. If you want to have a frugal party, just buy cheaper and less food and maybe invite fewer people.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i think that it's great to want to commiserate with your friends during these hard times, but i think that a frugal party is a bit extreme don't you think?
Porkchopz Porkchopz 8 years
I agree. Why advertise it as a frugal party? Why not have a pot luck and achieve the same money-saving benefits? Coming together and enjoying delicious food and some $10 wine (who am I kidding - make that $5 wine) has always been a great way to hang with your friends - even before the economy went spiraling down. And, as an aside, centering your party around making homemade cleaning products and cleaning up the after-party mess sounds god-awful.
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
Well, you can go frugal on the party, but you don't have to advertise it as such. I think people have enough with dealing with being frugal on their own. Maybe for just an evening it would be nice to have a party that doesn't remind you every 3 seconds.
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