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    I need to really do a budget birthday for my daughter who is turning 8 years
    old. This is what I have planned so far...

    Homemade birthday cake and ho-made ice cream (I thought it would be a treat to
    have ho-made ice cream) I want to invite only the extended family over in the
    evening. It won't be a real birthday party but dd likes when family comes over)

    A pair of earrings. dd got her ears pierced 8 weeks ago. She still have her
    starter earrings in. The lady at the local jewelry store has children's
    earrings for 14.95 a pair that have real gold posts. The jeweler said these
    would not irritate even the most sensitive ears. I though the price was very
    reasonable. This is the only thing that dd really wants. She wants a pair of
    cross earrings.

    I am going to make four coupons for dd printed on colored paper.

    1) Coupon good for 1 room cleaning
    2) Coupon good for 1 day of no schoolwork. Mom will do all of your schoolwork
    but you have to sit and watch. (I plan on talking my way through the
    assignments so that she learns something
    3) Coupon for an entire day of your favorite meals including dessert
    4) Coupon to stay up 1 hour later than siblings (only good on a Friday night)

    Her birthday is on a Sat so I will arrange with the preacher for Kristin to be
    able to play the piano in church. She has never played in church before though
    her sister plays on a regular basis. She has been wanting to play for a long

    time and has a song ready. I want to surprise her. We go to a very small
    church and the congregation will also sing Happy Birthday to her.

    I received a bag of hand-me-down clothes from a lady at church. None of my
    children has seen the bag and I pulled out two very pretty dresses that will fit
    this particular daughter and I will give them to her on her birthday.

    That's all I can come up with. Does anyone have any other ideas?

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    I think this sounds like a wonderful birthday! I think any little girl would
    love what you are planning. Maybe a coupon for a special day just for her,
    where she gets to go to the park or just play with Mom without her siblings.
    Kids love it when they can spend time with Mom or Dad without any
    competition from their brothers and sisters.

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    I think your ideas are wonderful! How about setting the table with
    your best dishes? Make it a very special dinner that night-- even
    if you're only serving spaghetti, tablecloths, candles and so forth
    make it seem special.

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    Being that gas is so high right now..do you think it would be better to
    route all you shopping trips with a price book for a day or take your

    circulars to walmart for them to match up the prices???
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    I always take the ads to Walmart. I do this every week. It not only saves money, it saves time.
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    I price protect everything at WalMart that isn't cheaper at the grocery when
    I use double coupons. The less gas I use the better! I try and only go to
    town once a week and get everything done in one day. It's keeping me from
    buying more than I need, too, so it's been good for me
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    depends on how far walmart is.. Heres my deal. I have
    yet to pay 3 dollars a gallon for gas and i did NOT
    fill up before the got high. I said, forget this and I
    walked.. we walked. We walked to work 3 miles. to the
    college 2 miles and to the kingdom hall.2 miles.

    Walmart is a hefty 7 and a half miles.. Both of them.
    same distance, opposite sides... so..

    For me, all three of the local competing grocery
    stores are within 3 miles of my house, and two within
    2 miles. I walk them all and borrow a grocery kart.
    and next time we take our walks, ill return the kart.

    I will NOT pay 3 dollars a gallone for gas.

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    I think it depends on your shopping needs. It would certainly save a little gas and time and probably some grocery money to get everything at Walmart but Walmart's limited selection just doesn't do it for me. The Walmarts near me do automatic price matching on packaged foods but they don't on meats or produce. I don't know if they just don't match those prices at all or what but I usually get meat at other stores. I can get better prices elsewhere and I just don't have a lot of confidence in a meat department where I can't see what they're up to.

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