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Prepare a Budget

A family reunion can cost a lot or a little. A budget tells you how much money you'll need to accomplish your particular family reunion dream. Create one now so you make sure you have or can get the funds.

Even a small reunion is likely to require a bit of cash to help it along. At the least, you may mail invitations or provide finger foods. So you need two things:

It's important to start with a budget, or in other words, a plan for how much money you need and what you'll spend it on. Some people are afraid of budgets, but a budget is merely a tool to help you focus your money on your goals. You make the budget and you can change it as you need to. Best of all, it only takes a few minutes to put you in control.

Create Your Budget

Take a sheet of paper or open a spreadsheet on your computer and write down the things you'll need. Estimate how much each one will cost, then total them up.

Don't worry if the bottom line seems like a lot. There are many ways to raise the funds and family members can share the cost as well. A little thing like money should never stop something important like a family reunion.

Here's a list of possible expenses to consider.

  • Invitations
  • Food
  • A facility in which to hold the reunion
  • Travel and transportation
  • Lodging
  • Clothing and other gear
  • Signs and printed materials
  • Decorations
  • Activities and games
  • Electronics
  • Emergencies
  • Furnishings
  • The program
  • Photos and memories
  • Total