This day, 4 years ago, at precisely 7 pm, my husband and I became husband and wife. I was 18 at the time; he was 20 years old. Quite young, I know, but we knew we were each other's soul mates, and so we wed.
These past 4 years have been an amazing ride, with ups and downs, highs and lows, but through thick and thin, my husband, Mike, was there for me. Mike, if you're reading this (he's not a blog reader usually, but will read something if I shove it in front of his face), thank you for 4 wonderful years, and looking forward for many more.
Thank you for being a wonderful father, thoughtful husband, and an all around great guy.
In honor of our anniversary, I wanted to link you to a post a wrote a while back about frugal date ideas. We celebrated our anniversary a few days ago, and good thing, because I've come down with quite a bug today.
To celebrate our anniversary, we dropped our kids off with my mother (free babysitting and good Grandma bonding time with the kids) and went out to a restaurant. We went with a certain amount of money in cash and ended up using less. The way we kept the restaurant price down was with a few methods.
If you want to go out to eat, most restaurants offer a business lunch deal. They want to encourage more customers during their less frequented hours, so they offer a monetary incentive, like discounts, free dishes, etc.
By going out at 3 o'clock, we got a free appetizer with our meal.
Ever notice how huge restaurant meals are? Each dish you get comes with so much food that you either stuff yourself so none goes to waste, take a doggy bag home so you have more for later, or toss whatever you don't want to eat.
My husband and I chose to go an alternative route. We got one appetizer (free), one main course dish, one side (free), and one desert. There was more than enough to split, and even so, we had food left over. You don't need to eat off of one plate; every restaurant I've been to has had no problem giving an extra plate or bowl with your meal. Sure, it might be a teeny bit tacky if its a nice restaurant, but no more tacky than dumpster diving and I've got no issue with that!
Timing your trip when you're not ravenous will also make it more likely for you to spend less at the restaurant.
It's a good thing we celebrated our anniversary early, because today I'm sick as a dog. Fever, chills, fatigue, nausea, the works. I'll be taking a leaf out of my book and doing all the things I wrote about in my "frugal sick days" post a little bit back.
My mom's over now, preparing some garlic, ginger, and onion loaded chicken vegetable soup and olive sage tea for me. I'll also probably make some raw garlic spread to have on toast.
Anyhow, I've been criticized by my husband and mother for being on the computer when I should be resting, so adios ladies.
My regular scheduled posts will be back tomorrow.
How do you celebrate your anniversary in style, frugally?