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Cheap things to do on your birthday

Inexpensive birthdays are ideal for people who want to save money, use their creativity, take the pressure off of friends or families that are struggling financially, and focus on having fun with loved ones. There are several cheap things to do on your birthday that can seem just as elaborate as expensive birthdays.

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Road Trip

Take a road trip to another city. If you love to travel but do not have the funds to go out of state or out the country, instate travelling can fulfil your hunger to explore. Plan ahead of time the sites you want to see and delicious snacks to pack. Your friends and family can give you birthdays gifts by providing travel music, camping gear or souvenirs. Enjoy the great outdoors and save money on lodging by camping out. Eat at a restaurant that you normally would not eat at and engage in new activities to encourage a festive mood.

Game Night

Have a game night. Invite your friends over for a night filled with energy and fun. Request that your friends bring their favourite dish or snack to save money on food. Suggest that your friends give games as gifts, enabling those who are low on funds to show their love while contributing to the fun. The ladies and interested men can conclude the night with low-key spa treatments. Plan ahead for guests to bring spa items that they already own, such as lotion, nail polish, make-up and inexpensive hair supplies. This will add elegance and relaxation to your birthday without breaking the bank.

Pool Party

Celebrate by throwing a pool party. Add a twist to the pool party by turning it into a cookout. Everyone can contribute, with some providing a location for the pool party and others bringing the food to barbecue, and the decorations. After the cookout, everyone can play a favourite sport to add excitement to the day.

Outdoor Movie Night

Reminisce about the past with an outdoor movie night and picnic. Depending on the mood you desire for your birthday celebration, you can rent a comedy, a romantic film, or an action movie. Birthday gift ideas can include a movie or a popcorn maker. Choose between light snacks, a vegetable and/or fruit platter, and a simple yet delicious dessert -- or invite everyone to bring a plate of their favourite food. After the movies, the partygoers can dance the night away to different genres of music to keep the celebration interesting and memorable.

Art Excursion

Take a weeklong art excursion in your town. If you have a deep appreciation for art, exploring the free exhibitions, festivals and music concerts will add a happy tune to your day. Research upcoming dates of festivals, garden tours, special events at museums, craft showings and other forms of free art and cultural entertainment by looking in your local newspaper.

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About the Author

Dianne Heath has been writing professionally since 2009. Her work has been published in "The Hill," a political commentary publication, where she covered the water wars between Georgia, Florida and Alabama, as well as within California. Heath is pursuing a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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