Family reunions can be fun and rewarding, but they can also be expensive. Not properly planning your next get-together can result in a lot of overspending, and no one should go broke just to see relatives. Luckily, there are a few tricks you can use to save money and make your next family reunion more memorable and affordable. Most people overspend and don’t realize it. If you don’t want to make the same mistake, choose your location wisely, shop wholesale, and share expenses. These simple steps can dramatically reduce the cost of your get-together.
Picking a Location
People often choose to rent an expensive venue for their reunion; this is fine if it’s in your budget, but if it’s not, you need to find a more affordable venue. Rather than going to a theme park, go to the community park. You can choose to eat at the picnic tables, or you can rent a pavilion for the day. Think about the activities you want to do as well. If you have a lot of youngsters a day in the sun might be just what you need. If you have more elderly who want to chat and share family stories look into places like Noahs Even Venues or holiday party venues where you can show videos, slideshows and gather indoors. Also, take the location of the park into consideration, if it’s in a place that minimizes the amount of travel required for each attendee that might be a benefit to all parties. If some family members plan to fly, booking their flight early will also help to save money.
If you buy all your supplies at a grocery or convenience store, you will be overpaying. Instead, buy your supplies wholesale. Wholesale warehouses usually require you to buy in bulk, but this shouldn’t be an issue for a family reunion. Just ensure you have proper storage space for all your items. If you don’t have a membership for a local wholesale warehouse, call your friends and family. You are almost certain to find a friend or relative who has one. If you have never shopped wholesale, you might be wondering how much you can save. In some cases, buying in bulk can save you up to 50% on food and drinks. Do some research to see what it might save you in the long run.
If you still want to plan something other than a trip to the park, consider sharing the expense with everyone in attendance. This will enable you to invest more in the reunion and make it more memorable. If you want to get everyone in agreement, decide on sharing expenses ahead of time. When you send out invitations, inform everyone that there is a cost to attend. If you go back and try to get people to pay after they received an invitation, it will be difficult to get them to agree.
Family reunions should be fun and relaxing, and you should not have to worry about spending everything in the bank. As you plan, consider several locations, buy wholesale food, and invite everyone to help cover the cost.