My very first works for me Wednesday. I'm so excited! I first posted this in Shannon's comments but thought I'd repeat it here.
One of the best things that I found that worked for me a "Birthday Box". When my kids were small, it seemed they were constantly going to birthday parties. It was starting to get very costly in both my time and finances. So I started a birthday box. Whenever I was out shopping, and noticed an extra good deal on a child's toy, I'd buy it and put it in the birthday box. Then when the invitation came home, instead of running to a store the kids got to go shopping in the birthday box.
This saved me a ton of money because I would always walk thru the clearance sections. I would get 25.00 dollar toys for $2.00 sometimes. The kids liked being able to have a choice to pick from and I was thrilled to save big bucks. I would find cool stuff in all sorts of clearance sections, not just toy stores. I perused grocery stores, hardware stores, wherever I happened to be shopping.
P.S. I'm working on the technical difficulties of making Shannon's lovely banner fit my template. If anyone has a tip it will sure make my life easier! :D
Update: I figured it out! Thanks to aggiejenn for making my life easier! This calls for a celebration! Coffee anyone?