The birthday dilemma: Parents want their children to have great childhood memories – but is it necessary to dish out the big bucks for an expensive kid’s birthday party? The short answer is no. Most favorite birthday memories involve hanging out with friends in the yard at night with glow sticks and flashlights. Or hanging out with friends building Legos. Connecting with friends seems to be the key. Birthday parties can be done on the cheap and within budget if you know where to look — or can muster the courage to entertain at your own place. For some budget-friendly ideas, read the full story on our sister site, Living on the Cheap.