Advice from experts on how to control First Communion costs
Last year, the average family spent a whopping €836 on Holy Communion so we looked to the experts for a guide on how to cut costs.
The Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS) has simple tips for families facing a Communion day.
- Make a list early in the year of what you need to buy. Remember it’s not just the child you have to think about but all the family.
- Fill out a budget sheet to estimate how much you will need for each item.
- Check some of the prices on items already in the shops.
- Add up the total cost of what you need to buy and ask yourself: Can I afford it? If not, then think again.
- Is there any way you can reduce the list?
- This is one of the most important decisions you’ll make – you know what you can afford, try to stick with that.
- Check shops for sales and reductions on items that you need.
- Are there any dresses/suits in your family that can be used?
- Are there ways you can reduce the entertainment cost?
- Do you need to provide entertainment? Have something at home instead of going out?
- Can you pool your resources with a family member or friend who perhaps is also celebrating on that day?
- Once you know how much you will need to spend on the day, you can now look at how you need to save for the big day.
- Check the calendar to see how many weeks are left until you need to buy the important items on your list.
- How much will you need to save each week to buy the items on your list?
- What if I don’t think I’ll be able to save the money to pay for everything?
- If you feel you have to borrow to meet the cost of the day, contact MABS before doing so to see what other options are available to you.