Happy family playing together in a picnic - practical yet romantic idea to celebrate wedding anniversary on a budget

Practical Yet Romantic Ideas To Celebrate Wedding Anniversary On A Budget

Are you celebrating your wedding anniversary soon but on a tight budget? That’s totally understandable! After becoming a mom and having to pay daycare for 2 kids, I’ve always asked myself how to celebrate a wedding anniversary on a tight budget. Between the never-ending bills and expensive daycare, not to mention the lots of stuff that your kids need, you won’t always have a lot of extra cash lying around to be spent on a luxurious vacation. And sometimes, even if you do, you just feel guilty about spending it. But don’t you worry! Celebrating wedding anniversary doesn’t always have to cost a lot of money. There is a way for you to celebrate wedding anniversary on a budget.

As you probably already know, when celebrating anniversaries (or even going out on a date), the location is the least important detail of it. As long as you get to celebrate it & remind your partner how much you love them, what truly matters is that you are with your partner, everything else is just an added bonus. My husband and I have always traveled to celebrate our anniversaries and we’ve always enjoyed it; but this year we decided to do a staycation. We just couldn’t justify going on a vacation with all the expenses that we have; that’s not to say that we’ve taken our marriage for granted and we love each other less. We still love each other from the bottom of our hearts; we just chose to be practical. So today, I’m going to share practical ideas to celebrate anniversary on a budget.

Go On A Staycation

Happy family playing together on a bed - practical yet romantic idea to celebrate wedding anniversary on a budget

Celebrate wedding anniversary on a budget by going on a staycation. Instead of spending your hard-earned money on hotel accommodations, why not just stay at your house and use that money towards fun activities and delicious meals instead. A hotel room costs anywhere from $100 – $300 per room per night so you’re going to save A LOT by staying at the comfort of your own house.

Say No To Chores

The idea of a staycation is for you to relax and enjoy this special time with your partner (and family); and chores take that away from you. So take this time to spend an entire weekend without doing any household chores. Yes, you read that right! No cleaning, no cooking, no washing dishes, no laundry, no anything.

Make sure you have enough supply of paper plates, plastic cups and utensils to make this possible. And ensure that all pressing chores were taken care of prior to your staycation so you won’t get disturbed during this time.

Dine Outside or Have Takeouts

Happy family playing together in a picnic - practical yet romantic idea to celebrate wedding anniversary on a budget

Take this opportunity to eat at and from your favorite restaurants. They don’t have to be fancy if you don’t want to; think fast food like KFC or McDonald’s, or Chinese takeouts. But also make sure to go somewhere nice on the day of your anniversary to make the day extra special. If your kids are old enough to tell you what they want, ask them what they want to eat as well.

Spend Quality Time With Your Partner (And Family)

During your staycation, stay away from all the distractions like social media and computer games; and focus on spending quality time with your partner (and family). Spending quality time with them doesn’t need to be expensive. Do something that everyone will enjoy. Make a compromise; watch a movie that the kids love during the day, and when they’re in bed enjoy a movie that you and your partner love. You can also spend some time playing with the kids, go on a bike ride as a family, or order some takeouts and have a picnic at a park nearby. It’s also a great idea to ask what your kids would like to do during your staycation.

While the kids are in bed at night, make an extra effort to spend some quality time with your partner as well. Have a glass of wine or bottles of beer, reminisce about the fun times you had together, talk about a future trip that you want to take, or binge watch your favorite series. It could be anything, as long as it’s an activity that you both enjoy.

Go Out On A Date While The Kids Are In School

Happy couple on a romantic date - practical yet romantic idea to celebrate wedding anniversary on a budget

Of course, you’re going to need an alone time with your partner. To avoid having to pay a babysitter, take a PTO and go out on a date while the kids are in school. Do anything that you and your partner enjoy doing together like watching a movie you’ve been wanting to see for a while, visit a museum, or go on a hike.

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What did you think of this post? Have you ever had to celebrate wedding anniversary on a budget? What is your favorite way to celebrate your wedding anniversary? Let me know in the comments. You know I always love to hear from you.

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  • Jasmine Maria
    Posted at 09:48h, 09 March Reply

    So many fun ideas to celebrate a wedding anniversary. We love staying in and cooking.

  • Sarah Happyhome
    Posted at 22:51h, 09 March Reply

    These are fun and easy romantic dates! My favorite one is go out when the kids are in school! Thank you for sharing!

  • Lydia D'Antonio
    Posted at 13:18h, 13 March Reply

    Such cute ideas! Love the date during school idea!

    XO http://www.lydialouise.com

  • Stacy | Stacy's Savings
    Posted at 15:44h, 14 March Reply

    These are great ideas! We’ll have to use these for our upcoming anniversary! Thanks!

    ~Stacy | http://www.stacyssavings.com

  • Jannine Pampu
    Posted at 20:22h, 14 March Reply

    My husband and I have decided to only do a big celebration every 5 years, but we do something small like your suggestions for the years in between. I love your idea of having date time while the kids are in school!

    Xo Jannine | http://www.happystylishfit.com

  • Lolah ChristSoldiergirl Akingb
    Posted at 22:04h, 14 March Reply

    The no chores is the best free celebration for me lolllll. I wish I could put my feet up all day and do absolutely nothing. These are definitely great tips, we don’t always have to travel or spend a lot of money to celebrate each other

  • Lily I Benstrends
    Posted at 13:46h, 21 March Reply

    I love these budget-friendly ideas. I think these are the best ways to spend wedding anniversaries – relaxing with the whole family off from work and definitely no chores even just for a day!

    • Belle Bermudez-Tubel
      Posted at 13:37h, 22 March Reply

      That is so true! Who said you have to spend a lot to celebrate your love for each other right?

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