D and I recently chalked up four years of marriage (go us!). It’s been quite a ride in those four short years – career changes, two babies and the accompanying sleep-deprivation, moving cities, home ownership, and now the possibility of D starting a business with a friend. We have at times been rather frazzled around the edges, but mostly D and I enjoy being married to each other – a marriage which is definitely helped by us both possessing extremely silly senses of humour, and possibly by our shared passion for occasionally binge-watching TV (we’re currently working our way through ‘How To Get Away With Murder’, man are we hooked!).
We are a family that needs no excuse to celebrate, so being on a Dollar Diet did not deter us one iota (I love that word, iota, I’m gonna use it more…). We put on our frugal thinking caps and came up with a lovely celebration.
Traditionally, you give fruit and flowers for your fourth anniversary so it was an easy anniversary to do frugally. I already had an anniversary card, having purchased one last year when one of our bookstore chains had a 50% off greeting card sale.
I gave D a passionfruit plant because a) he LOVES passionfruit and they grow well here in Whanganui, and b) well, I figured ‘passion’fruit was about as romantic as one could get when buying fruit! I also got him a pot of daisies because I reckon if D was a flower he’d be daisies: perpetually cheerful and sunny.
D gave me a pineapple. Now before you say that’s unromantic, pineapple is my favourite fruit. And he handmade me this cool card:
D taking the time to make something like that for me makes my heart melt. Needless to say, I loved it 🙂
D also made a fancy roast dinner for us, and I made dessert. Now here’s the genius part:
We took dinner to our babysitter’s house.
My MIL offered to babysit for us, and graciously let us use her house to stage a romantic dinner for two. She put out her best cutlery and crockery, candles, mood music, and even gave us a bottle of bubbly. I was just as excited about getting to eat a meal ‘out’ as I would have been going to a posh restaurant.
I think our meal and gifts probably amounted to $25. Compared to how much we might have spent on a florist’s bouquet and fancy restaurant, I think we did very well. Now of course, if you want to give this a go, you’ll need a willing babysitter who’s not freaked out about having their place used for fine dining.