Allocating An Anniversary Budget

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Your anniversary is an occasion when you can go back to being a girlfriend and boyfriend, and enjoy each other wholeheartedly. This especially applies to married couples, who can escape from the daily humdrum on their anniversary and spend some time together. However, the most exciting part is planning a surprise for your better half, which usually comes with a fear of an attack on the pocket.

Any price paid for that amazed expression on your partner’s face when they see your surprise, is worth it. You can plan ahead of your anniversary day and save up to wow your significant other in the most loving way. If the plan is sorted out and arranged before the D-day, you will be able to sit back, relax, and enjoy it to the fullest.

There are so many ways for you to come up with something exciting, and keep a check on your budget as well. Many anniversary ideas seem pricey, but they are actually pretty affordable. Here are some ideas that will make your anniversary plans memorable and easy to execute:

Plan a Dinner

Sites like Groupon can help you find a deal of the day that suits you. This way, you can save up on either the present or even the anniversary dinner (if you are planning one). A great candlelight dinner can jazz up your day; you can either pop some champagne at a fancy restaurant, or set up a table at home! Surprising your partner is all about creativity.

Save Up on Gifts

Get a present that speaks volumes, and doesn’t bear a horrifying price tag either. Save some money to get a nice watch or a perfume; I recently got some great ideas for anniversary gifts from Personal Creations.

When buying jewelry, you do not necessarily have to opt for diamonds; other, slightly cheaper stones can be equally expressive. Choose roses in colors other than red, or go for other affordable options of flowers.

Plan a Special Surprise

Your better half will be happy to see a candlelight dinner and a glimmering present, but planning a special day dedicated to your relationship can be an even better idea. You can schedule some exciting things like planning a one-day trip to someplace exotic, or re-living some old memories. Show some effort by recreating your wedding day menu at home all by yourself. You can also dress up in your wedding day gowns all over again, and get a photo shoot done; getting a trash-the-dress shoot, years after your wedding will be a great idea and you won’t feel bad about the dress either.

Getting the Budget Right

People tend to spend a lot on anniversaries. But it will be awful to exceed your budget while only trying to make an effort. Plan the entire anniversary day according to your budget; when scheduling a holiday, inform your partner beforehand to avoid any overlapping (maybe they have something up their sleeve as well!).

At the end of the day, it is the time spent together that matters. Anniversaries are for showing gratitude for having each other, and of course pampering your partner. Do it tastefully and cleverly!

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7 Responses to Allocating An Anniversary Budget

  1. Michelle says:

    I always like a nice home cooked dinner. Yum!

  2. Alex says:

    I agree with Michelle, I’ve had much more romantic dinners at home than I ever would have in a restaurant.

  3. Crystal says:

    We enjoy our anniversaries by setting aside a day to just hang out together. Sometimes that’s at home and sometimes that is out and about, but the important thing is it’s just the two of us talking and laughing for the evening. :-)

  4. Every year, we take 230$ out of our tax refrund and buy a night at a cabin. It is the only time my husband and I have a night without kids. We plan for it every year.

  5. We haven’t been able to get away for an anniversary in a long time however we are currently saving up a boatload of credit card rewards in order to do something extremely extravagant 2 years from now.

  6. I love when couples get creative and do something different. Something other than the typical dinner out, jewellery, or bouquet of flowers.

  7. I love surprising my hubby! My favorite one so far has been setting up an Easter Egg Hunt for him two Easters ago when we couldn’t be together (we had booked tickets to my parents’ home, and then last minute his company needed him so he stayed behind–drats!). That was a lot of fun, and didn’t cost a dime as I had some candy and plastic Easter eggs from years past.

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