Birthday on a budget

By Bahiyah Shabazz, MBA

iPod touch - My PDA.

We recently celebrated our son’s 11th birthday. Where did the time go? I remember just yesterday he was crying to ride his bike. Wait, that was yesterday. The day he was born was the most memorable. Our handsome angel was  a gift weighing in at 1 lb 6 oz.  Yes, he was a preemie. Although, he was born at 20 weeks he was still more than a handful.

Fast forward 11 years, he’s now a Pre-Teen who has an opinion of his own and the personality to back it up.  There was no secret that he wanted an electronic gift for his birthday. Next on his wish list was a vehicle. We knew that wasn’t going to happen!!!

He told everyone about the iPod Touch. After I investigated its features and “top of the line price” of $419.95, I wasn’t going for it.

So the bargain hunt began. My husband and I searched through the sales papers until we realized President’s Day would have limitless items on sale.

There it was…a 7″ Mini tablet by Sylvania.  Yes, that Sylvania who produces TVs. This tablet has all the features:

  • WI-FI
  • eReader
  • Movies
  • Games
  • Camera
  • Recorder
  • YouTube
  • etc…

All this and more for only $89.99. Our budget was $100.00. Can you imagine the excitement when we received money back (change)?

In the end of the day, he was thrilled about receiving his gift. He suddenly forgot that he requested the iPod Touch.  You don’t have to spend your entire savings on gifts. It’s about love, acknowledgment and creating memories.

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“Love yourself enough to support yourself.”


4 thoughts on “Birthday on a budget

  1. Oh, how right you are. I have three grandchildren and they are learning how important memories over material things are and how memories last a lifetime, whereas that material possession only last until the newest model comes out. I also try to teach them to be wise stewards over their finances. Thanks for sharing. Love all your post.


    • Thank you very much and I appreciate all your comments.

      Yes, you’re right about teaching the young ones about being stewards of their finances. My goal is to make sure that he understands the meaning and not so much the value.

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