First Holy Communion is right around the corner and that means celebrating with family and friends, but there are many parents who fear the stress and financial burden that these celebrations have on a family budget. It’s important to find a way to celebrate without having to rob Peter to pay Paul. Putting aside money each month will help you create a more reasonable budget and avoid debt. If you haven’t been putting money aside for these events, then you may be scrambling to find the best ways to stretch your money while still making the most of the celebrations. Wondering where to start? Here are 3 Ways Save on First Communion.
- Take a look at your finances and set a reasonable budget and include your kids in the conversation.
- Make a list of everything that you need for the special day.
- Take a look at the savings tips below and see how you can incorporate them into your planning.
Ways to Save on First Communion
There are other ways that you can save on first communion, but some might require a little work. Remember that this day doesn’t have to cost a fortune to make it eventful!
The Special Outfit
It’s not fashion week and there is no runway, well besides the church aisle, so when it comes to choosing a First Holy Communion outfit, skip the brand names. Shop thrift stores and discount stores like TJ Maxx or online at Zulily.com. Consignment shops are very popular right now and most only accept items that are in good shape. Make sure to follow them on social media or call some local shops and have them contact you when new outfits arrive. If you must buy new, contact boutiques to see if they are offering a discount on previous years stock. Be clear about the exchange policy before purchasing and make sure you are clear about the refund policy as well, most exchange only within a limited time.
Another idea is to borrow from a relative or friend. Most Communion outfits and accessories will only be worn once and look as good as the day they were purchased. If you put it on social media that you are looking borrow or purchase an outfit for First Holy Communion, make sure that you state the size that you are looking for and don’t be afraid to ask for pictures. There are people that would love to sell an item that was purchased for just one day. If you are borrowing an outfit, be sure to ask if alterations can be made and if they would like the outfit dry cleaned when returned.
The best time to buy communion shoes is March. Availability may be limited the closer you get to the date if you see a pair you like then grab them! When looking for shoes for Communion, you can often find stylish shoes in inexpensive shops like Payless and Marshall’s, so there’s no need to go overboard buying expensive shoes that will only be worn once. Know someone who is the same size? Even better- borrow the shoes.
Hair and Makeup
Skip the salon and visit a local beauty school, like Empire. This will save about 30% to 40% on hair or makeup. You can get great deals by getting hair and makeup done by someone who is not quite yet a professional, but is close enough to look professional. If you plan on going to the salon, again ask for a group discount for your group. This can work for both Communion and Prom preparations.
When it comes to First Holy Communion parties, avoid a big celebration and stick to family and close friends. Hosting the celebration at your home and having family help with homemade meals, will be cost-effective. Try making the cake instead of buying one or serve cupcakes and place them in the shape of a cross.
Professional pictures are nice, but not necessary. Some of the best pictures are action shots right from your phone. Set up an area at the for pictures to be taken, kinda like a selfie booth. Create a unique hashtag and ask guests to hashtag pictures so they can easily be found on social media channels. You may want to display these directions for guests to follow.
In the end, remember that First Holy Communion is just one day that should be about celebrating with friends and family. Try to avoid overspending and stick to your budget.