{Frugal} Baby Shower Invitations

I am throwing a baby shower in a few weeks and put together these invitations for it.  Now I must say I am not a big paper person…I prefer to spend my money and attention on decorations and food for parties so putting together a cute invite with minimal work was a bit tricky (I’m an evite girl all the way).  DSC_0356Fortunately I had my eye out early and found some print your own wedding invites on clearance at Wal-Mart for $5.  I also found some gingham boy colored bow stickers also on the clearance aisle for $3.  I was excited!  Easy and a great price!  $8 for twenty five invites and envelopes and I only used half of the wedding response cards and had fifty larger invites and envelopes to be saved for something else. DSC_0359A few days later I got another shower invite in the mail…and it was adorable…one of those order and print online companies.  They seem to be the “thing” now for shower invites.  I felt discouraged and self-conscious that my clearance invites would not be classy enough.  I even looked online a bit to compare prices.  Yet the ugly invitations were still around $1 each.  I don’t know about you but I have a hard time spending that much money on paper that is going to get thrown away.  DSC_0358I groaned about it to my husband and he kindly reminded me of a conversation we recently had on money priorities…we cut back on areas we can, choose to be responsible with what we have, and do what we need to do without letting other people’s judgments keep us from living a frugal lifestyle.  DSC_0351Needless to say, they came out adorable and far from lacking class.  It was just a reminder I needed to have…to let go of people pleasing and trust my very fashionable and still frugal gut.  I mean really, did you see my wedding?  Hello Dollar Tree centerpieces!

Where do you tend to cut back on things financially?  And what do you splurge on?



8 comments:

  1. I have to agree with you all the way. I love the printed online ordered invites, but I hate spending money on stuff that's going to get tossed. I'd rather spend the money on favors or food. :) You did a great job!

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  2. I do all my invitations. Including shower and even our Wedding. I kid you not. I got a set from the print your own a Michael's and to this day I get lots of compliments. People did not believe I made them. I'm throwing a shower for my sister soon and we got the ideas for the decor and invites from free printables.

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  3. I think your invitations are great! I always prefer to have something handmade than something I can just order and are all the same. You put your time and effort and love into those, not just your money. I agree that I would rather spend more money on food than the invitations. I can't wait to see your post about the shower!

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  4. My thinking is definitely the same as yours. I prefer to spend my money on the actual shower. I think your invites turned out really pretty AND classy. They are cute and simple.

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  5. You did good girl! Those are precious! We try to cut back on eating out, only once a week or so. You can really spend a lot of money on eating out...

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  6. Hmm yes, those look similar (but better) than my wedding invitations. Ha- do you remember?

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  7. Your invitations are adorable--and what a deal!

    I also cut back on invitations and announcements. My mom and I made my own graduation announcements and wedding invitations from scrapbook paper and ribbon, and we received tons of compliments on both. I don't like spending tons of money on paper (that will later be trashed) either.

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  8. Great job on the invites and I love that you went out of your comfort box. I try to handmake any invites for gatherings. I think it is sad that we don't hand write cards anymore of any sort. And I love being frugal while being creative!
    ~ mishmashedme at blogspot . com ~

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