Give yourself enough time to shop around for the best sales and discounts on everything you need and don't forget to use coupons whenever possible. You can download free coupon apps on your smartphone such as Coupon Sherpa and RetailMeNot to find great deals.
Send Digital Invites
Sure, mailing out paper invitations can be a nice touch, but they aren't really necessary in today's digital world. If you're on a tight budget, consider sending electronic invites for your child's party. Websites such as Evite and Paperless Post offer many free, colorful options to choose from.
Keep the Menu Simple
Don't worry about creating an elaborate menu for your child's birthday party—their friends are likely to be just as impressed with a few basic, fun items to munch on.
For instance, if you're having an outdoor party, simply throw some hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill and whip up a few of your child's favorite side dishes, suggests Jenkins. When it comes to beverages, Jenkins says it's not necessary to load up on expensive bottles of water and cans of soda. "Use pitchers of water and make a creative lemonade punch that can be served in glass dispensers," he says.
It's also a good idea to purchase your food items from bulk stores such as Costco and Sam's Club, which can cost you much less than purchasing the items at your local grocery store. "The warehouse club is going to best the best destination for frozen finger foods, snacks, paper plates and even cake for your kid's birthday bash," says consumer savings expert Andrea Woroch. "If you don't have a membership, find a friend who does and ask if they'll take you shopping."