The first year of our marriage, we had less than zero money. Kind of like now. Since our anniversary is Feb 17, we agreed we weren’t going to do anything for Valentine’s Day because it was so expensive and our anniversary was more important to commemorate. Again, needing to be frugal(cheap), I suggested we wait until after the 14th when all the Valentine’s stuff is on clearance and that’s when we could get our celebratory anniversary gear. Doug was so proud as he walked in from the grocery store with a sleeve of flowers, a small round cake, and a bottle of champagne exclaiming, “I only paid 10 bucks!”. It was the first of our anniversary traditions. Since we ate our wedding cake top tier within a week of our wedding day, we decided we’d get a leftover valentine cake on our anniversary.
When I was working, I did love having flowers sent to the office. And for our tenth anniversary last year we splurged and had an overnight in an outoor balcony hot tub suite. Did I mention our anniversary is in February? Yeah. Coldest weekend of the year. -10F wind chill and we’re in a hot tub on a screened in balcony facing Northeast on the fifth floor. Nice. We splurged on 3 dozen roses and expensive champagne ($35!). We had some fabulous friends offer to pick up our kids(they live about an hour away), take them to Chuck E. Cheese on a Friday night, and sleep over at their house–spending all next day with them as well. For free.
So this year, again, we will forego Valentine’s Day and watch someone else’s kids. My brother-in-law and his girlfriend generously offered to watch our kids for our anniversary date-dinner AND a movie. Woo hoo. We usually can’t afford the extra 2 babysitter hours for the movie so this is a treat! We have Christmas gift cards from Doug’s students paying for dinner and the movie. So really all we have to find is the cake, flowers and champagne.
So in 11 years, you could say we’ve come full circle. We’re still not spending much more than $10–adjusting slightly for inflation and some non-reproducing devices.