Your anniversary is coming up, and you’re keen to find a way to celebrate in style. However, you also know that you’ve still got bills to pay at the end of the month, and school supplies to splash out on for the kids. So how do you make sure that you have a fun time with your lover, without draining your bank account?

It’s easier than you’d think. If you’ve been trying to think of the best way to celebrate your anniversary for a while now, and you’ve been coming up short, the following tips could give you just the inspiration that you need. 

1. Go Big on One Thing

You might have a little bit of money to spend on just one item, rather than a bunch of cash to splash out on everything from gifts, to a romantic dinner. If that’s the case, agree with your spouse that you’re going to go big on one thing, and forget the rest. For instance, if you both look forward to exchanging gifts for your anniversary the most, agree that you can spend a certain amount on a present for each other, then just eat at home as usual. 

On the other hand, if the best thing about your anniversary for you is going out for a night on the town when you’re all dressed up, then you can consider doing that instead. It’s all about finding what works for both of you. 

2.  Cook a Meal for Each other

This can be a tough option if you only have a single kitchen. However, you could consider having a two-day anniversary where both of you cook for the other person on one day each. This is a great way for you to let your creativity and love for each other shine through with a multi-course meal. Make sure that you pick all the foods that you know that your other half loves. 

Even if this means ordering from your favourite takeaway, you can definitely take this route. The aim is to make your spouse feel as loved and as full as possible by the end of the meal. This way, you don’t have to pay for a restaurant visit, and you still have money left over for gifts – and if you’re stuggling for ideas, has some great ideas for anniversary gifts. 

3.  Go on an Adventure

The outside world is full of marvels to explore. Rather than booking a night at an expensive hotel, if you don’t mind roughing it in the great outdoors on a sunny evening, you could always take a tent and go somewhere for a night under the stars. With no televisions or computers to distract you, you’ll be able to have some great conversations. 

What’s more, there’s plenty of opportunities in the outside world to get the adrenaline pumping and go exploring across some lakes, rivers, and hiking trails. If you love the outdoors, then this is a perfect time to put your skills to the test. Make sure you take plenty of pictures so you can remember this for years to come. 

Sometimes things like hiking and camping are daunting to some. Though once you do a little learning and research on things like how to hike or camping essentials these outdoor adventures can be more fulfilling and rewarding than a lot of luxury holidays. That’s because you work together on challenges and try new things together which not only is really fun but also a great bonding experience particularly with your special partner.

4.  Start a Project Together

Next time you want to celebrate your anniversary, why not try working on something together that allows you to both be as creative as possible. You might decide to redecorate a room or change up your garden. On the other hand, you may also think that it’s a good idea to go to a class and learn some new skills before you get started. 

Maybe you could go to a woodworking class and learn how to make a new chest or chair together. Even if the project you create turns out to be a complete mess, at least you’ll have something that you can treasure that you both made together. 

5.  Just Relive the Memories

Finally, if you don’t have a lot of cash, and you don’t want to do much – like going out to a bar or restaurant, then you might want to spend a night in being romantic instead. For instance, you could consider running your significant other a bath, and settling down for your favourite movie together. You could even open a bottle of wine or champagne that you’ve been saving for that special occasion. On the other hand, you might want to look into getting your wedding album out.

Flipping through pictures of the happiest day of your life is sure to be a fun way to pass the time and have a great night on your anniversary. You could even end up talking about your first kiss.


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