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German Birthday at Pocket Money Prices

German Birthday at Pocket Money Prices
After receiving my first official Taschengeld/Pocket Money in Germany, I thought, “What better way to spend it than on my husband for his birthday?”

I started to try and think of things I might be able to buy with 2€… The intent wasn’t meant to be facetious; I was dead serious.

Shopping for Kay is hard because he loves electronics and clothes.

I refuse to buy clothes in Europe since we are planning two trips to the US this year, both of which will undoubtedly become ridiculous shopping sprees.

And being a stay-at-home mom earning 2€ a week, there is no chance I can afford to buy him his dream Apple computer.

Then I remembered the 1€ store within walking distance from our house. Sweet! This is gonna be so much fun!

But when I got there, 2€ just wasn’t enough. So…I decided to take an advance on my pocket money and spend 4€. Thinking like a true American, eh? Wait, that wasn’t supposed to sound Canadian.

And this is what you can get with 4€ in Germany… Ta-da!




Typically Kay spends almost 2€ on one Energy drink… He should think again because this saved us like a whole ,80€. Never mind that the can is smaller than his usual drink… Or the name, for that matter. How did I miss that when I bought it? No wonder he was hesitant to try it.







Then the mug… It’s totally Kay in his soccer shorts. Ok, Kay isn’t bald though and he does wear a shirt all the time. No shirt, no shoes, no service, I guess.




As for the lighters… The best part about these bad boys is that I didn’t really know what they said when I bought them so there was an element of surprise in this for me too. Wait? Who’s birthday is it again?

I couldn’t wait to have them translated.


We once were young and good looking… Today we are just “and”









Carrots help against impotency… but the mounting is difficult!

Birthdays in Germany aren’t really different than in the US.

In the office, however, it is much different.

In the US, I was fortunate to work with a team of planners. At the beginning of the year, anyone who wanted to participate in celebrating their birthday chipped in 10 dollars and then put their name in a hat.

Everyone drew a name and then you were responsible for planning that person’s birthday, which included decorating their cubicle, buying their presents, and any other added bonus you could think of.

Here in Germany, it is extremely different. If you want to celebrate your birthday, then bring in a cake or dessert for everyone else to indulge too.

Our neighborhood is really good about inviting other neighbors over for cake and food for a birthday celebration.

In Germany, a major difference is that the dessert is served before the meal. I guess this means you can have your cake and eat it too. Sure, why not?

And then someone will usually volunteer beforehand to collect money and go shopping. But that is because we live in a “special” neighborhood in the Donks.

When Happy Birthday is sung, fortunately they use the same familiar tune we are used to in the US, except instead of singing, “Happy Birthday dear so-and-so…” they sing, “Happy Birthday liebe so-and-so…”

It only took me two years to finally remember this. They also have a second verse which unfortunately doesn’t include calling you a monkey or anything.

On that note… I am going to wrap this up and finish spending the evening with my loving, birthday husband while the baby sleeps. We also are fortunate to have our daughter here for an extra night, which I think is one of the best presents for a birthday.

  1. Jeff Eng03-08-12

    I don’t think I’d want to try the drink called Koks: Pure White Energy…

    • Mommy03-08-12

      What if I offered up the Neuschwanstein coin as trade for you drinking the whole thing?

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