This weekend was my best friend (and her twin)’s 24th birthday.
Every year we do something really fun with the three of us and like 65 of their closest cousins, there’s so many of them 65 isn’t that far off.
Usually, I’m working part time while in school. This year, though, because I’m an RA I just don’t have time to get another job. AKA I have no income, $0 for anything. If you haven’t been paying attention: I’m broke.
My big idea this year was to come up with a GroupOn adventure. My friend’s favorite thing in the world is beer. I don’t know why she inflicts pain on herself like that because beer is gross, but I try not to judge. Within like one second of looking on GroupOn, a deal for Man Skirt Brewing in Hackettstown came up.
It was two flights for $21 (down from $34) so I paid for her ticket and one of their cousins paid for her brother. That’s technically 5 beers for like $10 so I was living for the discounts. YAY BDAY!
It was really great. I mean, again, I hate beer so I didn’t enjoy the part where I had to drink them but we all had a really good time and I’ve always wanted to try a beer flight so that was cool.
We went to dinner after that at this all-you-can-eat sushi place near our hometown that I’ve talked about to literally every person I meet and also in this blog before. The sushi is so good and fresh and it’s unlimited for $23. You know I’m there whenever I’m home so it’s a good thing we all like sushi cause we were going there regardless.
After the 93 pounds of sushi, we went to Brunswick Lanes in Fair Lawn. It’s $15 per person for two hours after 10pm. When I was able to take a break from kicking everyone’s ass in bowling, I gave my BFF her bday present.
Sticking to the theme of “I’m Broke so Here’s What I Could Manage,” I made her a scrapbook of all our cutest and ugliest pictures from our adventures over the years.
The book itself was $4 at Five Below and I picked up a couple of sticker pages from there too. Printing pictures at actual photo places is super expensive so, because they were going to get glued to a page anyway, I decided to print them at the Rutgers computing labs. The payout is pretty similar because I think it’s like $0.29 per picture at Walgreens and a standard printout of two pictures in the lab was like $0.25. But, I always end up wasting so much printing money every year that I have to pay for in tuition fees anyway. At least this way I wasn’t paying any money out of pocket.
The scrapbook was really cute and turned out not as cheap looking as it was which was really nice LOL
Please don’t hate me but I didn’t take pictures of it cause I wasn’t thinking BUT TRUST ME it was mad cute.
The night was really fun and yeah, we all wound up spending some serious cash, but nowhere near as much money as if we went to the city all night like last year.
The point is, though, you can have a ballin’ time and not feel like you’re totally cheaping out without waking up the next morning to a sad, dusty wallet.
Try this out with your friends on their next birthday, and bring other people! The more the merrier… and the less you each have to pay.
xoxo broke birthday b*tch