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Don't bypass celebrating the important moments in your life because of money. Trust me, it doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg.

celebrate the small things in life

Recession Mama Michele Ashamalla: Today was my parents' 50th wedding anniversary. It struck me how my life is measured by celebrations -- holidays, birthdays, anniversaries -- and how important that is to me.

It is so easy to say it's too much work to have the parties, and too expensive. I wouldn't say the party was cheap, but I did what I could. I made the fancy invitations. I saved 20 percent off the food and bar tab by paying with discounted gift cards for the restaurant that I bought at Costco. I went to the flower mart downtown and negotiated $12 centerpieces. The cellist in the string quartet was my third cousin's husband (really). I skipped the favors and provided the children with a basket full of dollar store crafts and activities to keep them busy at the event.

And it was lovely, really lovely. A few years from now, I won't remember how much the event cost, but I will remember how nice it was to see everyone at what might be one of the last big parties with my parents. Whether with a fancy event or a backyard potluck, if you don't mark the days, the years just slip away.

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