dear sharideth: Cheap anniversary ideas?

this is my anniversary present. what? that's not bragging. i waited 20 years for that car!

this is my anniversary present. what? that’s not bragging. i waited 20 years for that car!

Dear Sharideth,

I’ve googled this question to no avail, coming up with only cheesy ‘make a lovers coupon book’ kind of answers, so I’m hoping you can offer some advice for the less mushy among us.

My husband and my first anniversary is coming up next month. With Christmas busyness, New Years, and my husbands birthday all three in the proceeding weeks, I’m kind of exhausted to even think of what to do.

Several different friends originally offered their family farm houses but look to be falling through, and as I am going back to graduate school beginning the same month, the budget is going to be exceptionally tight in the first month of transition (great timing, education).

I thought we could at least do a fancy dinner or something but alas, that may not fit in the budget either, so I’m at a loss. I am throwing around the idea if a camping trip, but it is January after all, so who knows what weather could be like where I live.

Any ideas?

Romantically hopeless & broke

dear RH&B,

good timing on the question because today happens to be my 20th wedding anniversary. *bows* and the internet is a dumb place to find good advice about relationship stuff. who does that?

1. i actually kind of love the idea of camping. and since weather can be a factor, you might want to look into a camp site with a yurt or one room cabin. they’re not much money and you can bring a portable heater if it’s cold. besides, camping in the cold makes for great fires and…cuddliness. IYKWIM.

2. camping or not, you can also put together a fine picnic dinner and eat it anywhere you want to. meats, cheeses, olives, great bread, wine… set your budget and buy the best stuff you can. i’ve done this several times and it’s always awesome. especially when you sneak all that stuff into a movie theater. of course that’s totally against the rules and you absolutely shouldn’t break the rules.

ha! kidding! you should totally break the rules.

3. go on an adventure. fill up the car and drive until you’re lost. then find some tiny little place to eat and chat up the locals. this is one of our favorite things to do and it’s a win every time.

4. blow the budget on a hotel. just for one night. and don’t forget the wine.

congrats on making it through the first year, my friend!

what else do y’all recommend that’s could be fun on a tight budget?


14 comments on “dear sharideth: Cheap anniversary ideas?

  1. Yay for your twenty years!

    I think a picnic is excellent budget stuff. Especially because you can repeat it weekly. Just make sure to alter the theme/food. For an anniversary, some sort of relationship souvenir could be cute. Buy yourself a binded book with blank pages at a dollar store and stuff it up with a few pictures you printed at Walmart and thoughtful stories to go with that, covering the year you’ve had. It makes quite the impression, it lasts for a while and it’s really personal.

  2. Lauren says:

    Am I the only one wondering what a yurt is?

    • Lauren says:

      ….and then I realized that I was on the Internet and could look it up with the magic Google. It’s a portable, wood framed dwelling traditionally used by nomads in the steppes of Central Asia. You’re welcome, internets.

  3. Max says:

    Go to Walmart, get some cheap lingerie and a cheap hotel room. Him knowing that you want him for your anniversary is the best gift any husband could receive.

  4. Jennwith2ns says:

    These are good suggestions, and it’s extra good timing because 1. Happy anniversary, Sharideth! and 2. My husband’s and my first anniversary is coming up a few months after the one in question, with similar financial roadblocks (i.e., education). Thanks, everybody! 🙂

  5. Jess says:

    heck, if it’s too cold for camping, and hotels are too expensive, build an awesome blanket fort, pick up a bottle of champagne from the super market, and toast yourselves!

  6. Happy 20th, Sharideth and Craig!

  7. Soul Walker says:

    Happy anniversary (belated, early, or otherwise). Here’s to you and yours. Cheers.

  8. l012060 says:

    do not stop loving him and maybe in the next 20 years he will be able to tell you what he wants.

  9. taozirae says:

    Hahaaaa… I love the blanket fort idea… very cute 😉

  10. EmaBeesArt says:

    Kind of like a coupon book but better, a single coupon for an “adventure” and make it a surprise and go on a hike or a drive. I actually wrote a blog entry about it, “Last Minute Easy DIY Gift Idea.” I made the “Full Moon Nature Hike” for my hubby and he loved the card. Our hike is scheduled for later this month.

    Good luck!

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