Next month marks 4 years of being married to my best friend (I know, I’m lame). As deeply in debt individuals, my husband Steve and I keep our dating expenses relatively low. And while anniversaries are definitely a special occasion, we still have to keep our bank account in mind. Here’s a few ideas on how to have an awesome yet moderately priced night.
1) Eat early or late. Happy hour is the happiest hour of all! Food and drinks are up to half off but are still 100% delicious! Portland is chock full of happy hour options, usually from around 3-6 and then after 9. By moving our meal plans up or back, we can eat amazing food and drink fancy drinks on a beer and pizza budget.
2) Drink at home. Neither of us cooks anything well enough to have a special dinner at home, but we thoroughly enjoy $6 bottles of wine. Seriously, thank god I’ve never been flush with cash, so I don’t know the difference. One of our favorite home activities is drinking cheap wine and watching either reruns of The Office or stand-up comedy on Netflix. It makes us ridiculously happy. As does Chipotle. Hell, maybe we’ll eat Chipotle for our anniversary. And splurge for a $10 bottle of wine. So fancy.
3) Take a road trip close to home. One of the activities we’re considering for our anniversary is a trip up to Seattle. This will likely depend on the weather, as driving in the rain brings all my neuroses out. Anyways, a three-ish hour drive will put us in a brand new city with brand new moderately priced activities to explore. Plus, we can use credit card points to get a free hotel for a night! Everybody loves a mini-vacay!
4) Skip gifts. It’s not necessary to buy gifts for your significant other when money is tight. I know some couples just set super low budgets or buy each other something small and silly, but we both loathe knick knacks. We’d much rather skip gifts altogether and put the cash towards experiences instead.
5) Get cheesy. Another option is getting cheesy on the cheap! A romantic stroll and picnic in the park, a free museum tour, or taking a class together all qualify. If I’m being honest, we probably won’t do any of these things. We are not quite that cultured or refined.
6) Just hang out. Ideally, you are celebrating this anniversary with your best friend so you are likely having fun whatever you’re doing. We’ve had equally great times at Trader Joe’s and fancy restaurants. When you are with the right person, it really doesn’t matter what you’re doing. Every day might as well be your anniversary. Seriously, I’m such a cheese ball.
Anniversaries are awesome. It’s like a birthday for your relationship, and Lord knows I love birthdays! You can have a great time with your significant other on a budget or while in debt guilt free. Enjoy your happily ever after.
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How do you celebrate anniversaries or special occasions on the cheap? Do you do gifts?