Video: A Party Without Favors is Still a Blast

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Matthew talking about his laser tag birthday party at Ultrazone and how we skipped on giving out party favors. Laser tag, pizza and cake are all important to a party. Goodie bag full of junk is NOT. So what’s a party without party favors? It’s still a blast.

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Video Transcript:

Hi! Welcome back. This is Matthew from A in Finance. First Happy Mother’s Day to my mom and all the other mom’s out there.

I just turned 10 and had my birthday party last weekend. I invited all of my friends from school and another friend from my swim team and we went to a laser tag place called Ultrazone. We had pizza, fruit punch, and cake. We played laser tag in this giant room with two floors and lots of barriers and walls so you could snipe the other players. No “360 no scopes”, but I think I took out about 10 players including a seventh grader from my school. It was a real “blast”. Ha ha. Good pun, right? I had to put that in here because I just learned about puns in school.

After my party, my dad asked me if I had a good time. I told him that me and my friends had a great time. Again, it was a real blast. He said, “good, that’s the only thing that matters.”

Then my dad says to me, “Hey. Guess what mom’s going to pack you for lunch for your special week?”

I said, “What? Dumplings? Oh, maybe a cheesesteak?” Those are some of my favorites.

He laughed and said, “Wrong-o. You’re getting pizza all week. We got tons of leftovers from your party. Ha ha.”

Man, he set me up for that one. Well, I asked him why we ordered so much food. He told me that there’s nothing worse than not having enough food so it’s better to overestimate. I love food too, so I just nodded my head and said “yeah, I agree.” But he said we tried not to overdo it but we still ended up ordering way too much. Anyways, he says he hates ordering too much because it’s wasteful. But, hey, it’s not so bad. I got pizza as my snack after school every day this week.

So then my dad asked me if I missed anything from the party. I told him, “No, I didn’t think so.”

He said, “That’s good. Hey, did you notice that we didn’t give out any goodie bags at the end of the party?”

I said, “Not really.” But I asked him why we didn’t have them. Again, my dad likes to ask me questions instead of just giving me the answers.

So he asks me, “Do you think your party would have been any different if we did have goodie bags?”

I said, “I don’t think so.”

He then said, “Well, we could have gotten the Ultrazone party favor package for another $7 or $8 per person. What do think would have been in it?”

I said, “I don’t know. Maybe some Ultrazone stickers, an Ultrazone pencil and maybe some other junky toys.”

He asked, “And would you or your friends have wanted any of it?”

I said, “Probably not.”

Then he said, “And what do you do with the goodie bags you’ve gotten from some of your friends’ parties?”

I said, “I don’t know. Bring them home.”

He said, “And do you ever play with the goodie bag toys?”

I said, “Nope.”

He said, “Yeah, so they just junk up the house until we throw them out, right?”

And I answered, “Yup.”

My dad said, “I know $7 is not a lot, but it’s just a waste. So you shouldn’t get into the habit of wasting stuff.”

I ask him, “So if they are a waste, why does everybody give out goodie bags at birthday parties?”

He tells me, “Well, birthday parties nowadays are kind of getting out of control and seem to escalate every year. Now you feel like you have to do something because everybody else does it for their parties. That’s what people call keeping up with the Jones’. We all get caught up in it sometimes, but you should try not to. You know, we gave out goodie bags when you guys were little and we had theme parties. Like when Natalie had a princess party, we had the kids decorate their own jewelry boxes.”

I said, “Oh yeah, and when mom made Mario chocolate bars for my Mario party.”

My dad said, “Right, but now that you guys are older, we don’t have theme parties anymore. We’re just having a party.”

Anyways, he says, “You wanted to do a laser tag party, so we had to rent the birthday space. To be good hosts, we had to order enough food for all of your friends and parents even if it meant that we ended up with way too much. And a birthday party isn’t a party without a cake, right?

I said, “Uh huh.”

He said, “So, in other words, all of those things are important. So we spend money on the important things. But with things that we don’t care about like junkie party favors that just get thrown out anyways, why waste your money?”

I said, “No reason.”

Finally he asked me, “So what’s a party with no favors?” I said, “It’s the same. We still had a blast.”

Anyways, he tells me the point is not about not spending money. He says you should spend money on the things that make you happy and are important to you, but you should be ruthless about not wasting your money on things you don’t care about. You should think about stuff yourself and figure out what’s important and what makes sense to you, instead of doing things just because everybody else does it.That’s the message my dad was telling me.

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