I was the mom that would spend usually about $100 on my kids birthday presents. Add the party, and you were looking at like $150, and when your kids birthdays are 16 days apart, that gets hard fast. This year I decided that I was doing no cutsey theme from the party store, and they are having a joint birthday party. I am doing purple and blue, I was going to do pink and blue because my son DOES like pink, but I like purple better. I am getting the decorations from Big Lots or the Dollar Store, they will have dollar store balloons, ect. On to their birthday presents, I would usually buy an expensive gift that I hoped they would like. This year I got them a HUGE bubble tumbler with 3 wands included, and a big bottle of the bubble solution (it's one of those non-spill bubble things), and I went to Big Lots and got my son this gun that shoots out soft balls for $2.99, and Jenna is getting a helment. I KNOW they will love these gifts, and it's costing me significantly less. I am proud of myself. Some people may think that I'm being cheap, but I'm not bothered enough by that to do things differently, I am trying to stick to a better budget. That is important with the new baby comming.