A bit of creativity while planning will make you feel rich.
When I resigned from my 9-5, I promised my husband that aside from having to be more intentional and less free-spirited with our spending, we wouldn’t have to make any financial sacrifices. This anniversary was our first big test.
My husband and I love to eat good food, travel, and have experiences.
So, for our anniversary every year, we try our best to incorporate those three things.
With inflation making everything so expensive and me not working my 9-5 we needed to strategize a bit this year.
We decided to stay local since there was a birthday party we wanted to attend the same weekend. We booked a hotel in the city where the party would be using our credit card points from American Express Hilton Honors. The points covered the two nights. We stayed in a Deluxe King room. It had a balcony that we didn’t even sit on because it was so cold.
For our experience, I found tickets to The Pink Floyd Exhibition, which saved me 50%. For dinner, we splurged, going somewhere that a friend recommended. Cafe Santorini in Pasadena, Ca; I recommend it if you are ever in the area. Get the Calamari as a starter. It was the tastiest dish I have had in a while. Still thinking about it.
We took alcohol from home, which saved us some money except for Saturday night at the birthday party.
We are not cheap or very frugal, but if we can find ways to save without going out of our way too much we will. So I took styrofoam cups from home and walked to the restaurant with my drink on Friday. At the restaurant, I just drank water and I was able to savor my yummy food.
I used to favor Airbnb, but now that I learned about credit card points, I find hotels to be a much better deal when traveling. I find them just as comfortable as well. Sometimes it is even more relaxing than an Airbnb since I don’t feel pressure to clean or cook in hotels.
In reflecting on our day, we found it to be perfect. We went on a walk around our home prior to heading out to Hollywood for the Pink Floyd Exhibit. We were done with our day by 6:30 p.m. By that time we were tired having been out all day. We went to the hotel to rest knowing that we would probably be out late the following day.
We found a good rhythm for our anniversary moving forward. Walk, Experience, Dinner, and Hotel.
Here are my tips for having a fun anniversary without breaking the bank
- Open a hotel credit card and use the introductory points to book your stay
- Take your drinks with you to the hotel
- Most hotels have a small refrigerator
- Purchase an experience on Groupon or another discount site
- Take snacks from home
- Hotels offer a breakfast credit if you use points or book with your card
- Stay somewhere you can walk around to avoid paying parking fees aside from what the hotel charges for valet
What do you do to make your anniversary special? Do you have any traditions?