Monday, March 24, 2008

Q&A: Debt-Free Party

Amy at The Motherload asks her readers for help:

In honor of our final payment to the company, I am going to have a wild and crazy party (within our means, of course). I was wondering if anyone had any fun ways to celebrate ridding yourself of credit card debt? I am looking for fun party ideas- cheesy ideas, wild ideas, symbolic ideas for celebrating.

Remember, this is a party that has been four years in the making! I am ready to party like it's 1999...or um, something like that but a little bit hipper.

I can't wait to get your feedback and ideas!

Now this is a party idea that perfectly fits the theme of this blog: a frugal celebration of ending debt!

Here are my suggestions:

Throw a "thank-you" party for everyone along the way who helped you out of debt. Perhaps these were encouraging friends and family, a financial advisor, or even your sister-in-law who loaned you money once or the friend who suggested the book or website that led you along the road to financial freedom.

Theme Idea: Man Doesn't Live on "Bread" Alone
Dinner suggestions: pita bread and dips, sandwiches (maybe some soup, depending), bread pudding for dessert
This doesn't have to cost much at all, especially if you buy bread on sale or make your own, but it would be a great way to thank all of those who have helped you meet your goals.

Raid thrift/Goodwill stores for old games with play money, or just print your own. It might be spring-like weather then, so if you are throwing the party outside, tie/staple/tape the play money to strings and hang them over the branches. Or, make a banner with the play money.

Activities could include, what else but money-themed board games?! (Monopoly, Life, Settlers of Catan, etc.) If you don't have any, check around on your local Freecycle or at thrift stores. Some people have way too many games and would be glad to get rid of theirs!

Also, at the end of the night, especially if the party is outside, you could ceremoniously BURN your old credit card that you finally paid off. Doesn't that feel good?

If you have any others you'd like to share with Amy, please post them at her blog!


Amy said...

These are GREAT ideas! Thank you so much! I really appreciate it and look forward to some more fun ideas from everyone!

Allison said...

We can't wait to see what you come up with! Congrats on being so close to celebrating debt-free.