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Advice from experts on how to control First Communion costs

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.