Building on my super duper #pantrychallenge #budgetfail post from the other day, the kids had their combined birthday party the other day, and I was nervous. There were multiple times that I considered telling people not to worry about getting them gifts. Obviously I want the girls to have a great celebration, but they have been doing so well at living more intentionally and minimalistic. Since they have their cash envelopes, they budget for things they want and know there is a limit. We decided that with the budget mishap the other day, we would all three give up our personal envelopes this paycheck. We get $25 a paycheck. I asked them if this idea was okay and if they were onboard, and they agreed. Again, we arent broke. We are making smart budget choices, and we decided to use that personal money to put towards Southern's birthday dinner next week.
Then their birthday party happened, and they both got a suprising amount of cash and giftcards.....on top of a ton of presents that are practical, useful, and fun! Needless to say, they are extremely grateful for their friends and family. Their money went into their cash enevelopes, and they even made duplicate envelopes to split the money up and have some with them when they are at their daddy's house too.