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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Anniversary on a Tight Budget

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This past weekend hubby and I celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary!  We relaxed and rejuvenated at the best spot in the world.  We enjoyed each others company, ate the most mouthwatering ribs you've ever had and the most succulent shrimp pasta another night!

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How much did we pay for this relaxing weekend, you ask?

We were able to do this all for about $40!  How?

We enjoyed all of this at the most fabulous bed and breakfast ever, our home!  We shipped the kids off to the grandparents and just stayed home.  I realize how lucky we are to live near enough to both of our parents that they are able to share taking care of our children, this isn't possible for everyone.

We talked as we leisurely made our own food.  My husband loves to cook so he did the majority of the cooking for me!  We bought extra special meats that we rarely make with the children because of the cost.

The major cost for our weekend was food and a box of wine, which of course came from our grocery budget.  Hubby also had to buy a rib rack for his grill.  The other major cost was movies.  We watched quite a few movies over the weekend!  We stayed up late and slept in, a luxury that doesn't happen very often when you have kids!

We started this tradition for our 10th anniversary.  We wanted to do something extra special, but didn't have any money.  It was so relaxing we decided it was mandatory from then on.  It's so nice to spend the time together, just us.  After a weekend of doing NOTHING, I'm ready to get back to work!  It charges my batteries!  Helps with the frugal burn out I've been feeling!

I think the main thing is to thing outside the box and find a way to have a special time without spending any money.  It definitely takes more brain power, but often it's more worth it than even if you spent lots of money.

Let's hear from you

What are some creative ideas you've done for anniversaries or other special events?  I'd love to hear some more wonderful ideas!

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SwapSavers said...

Happy Anniversary!

Kathleen@so much to say, so little time said...

It wasn't for an anniversary, but one of the best dates we ever did was when I made up some seafood salad and crackers and we went to sit by the river and eat dinner. Terrific sunset, terrific date.

Aiming4Simple said...

This is a very good idea. For the first part of the year we strove to have weekly candlelight dinners after the kids were in bed. But a whole weekend at home alone sounds glorious! I haven't slept in at home since about 2003.

Last year's anniversary celebration in Chicago wasn't exactly frugal, though we did redeem frequent flier miles to get there. Still, it is refreshing to give oneself and one's spouse the freedom not to fret so much about what things cost for a few days!

The Prudent Homemaker said...

Our anniversary is the one time a year when we go out to eat (our parents babysit that one night and they give us money for dinner).

Lori @ Couponomic Stimulus Package said...

Thanks SwapSavers for the anniversary well wishes!

Aiming4Simple, I don't think at all that you have to feel guilty for your wonderful date in Chicago! That's one of the reasons to be frugal so that you can splurge in other areas! We are just in a really tight spot once again and weren't able to spend much. I can't wait until we are able to do something like your Chicago trip once again!

Prudent Patron, Aren't parents so awesome! Hubby's parents often give us some money to go out to eat and it's so appreciated! We don't get to go out to eat very often either.

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