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We are entering into anniversary season (at least in my small neck of the woods). Tomorrow is the 8th anniversary of my first date with my hubby. I still can't believe 8 years has flown by so fast! We'll be scrapping Wednesday's dinner plans in favor of a semi-recreation of what we did on our first date.

For our first date, we went to a movie, then shared appetizers at a nearby cafe, and sat in his car talking almost until sunrise. I remember it like it was yesterday. When I finally got home, I knew I had met my future husband. It was crazy, but 8 short- and sometimes crazy - years later I was right.

Unlike in our younger, slightly more foolish years, this year we will celebrate the anniversary at home with a favorite movie and we'll make quesadillas and chicken strips together. I love cooking with my hubby, and this will help us save some money, since we have a week long vacation next month to ring our 5 wedding anniversary. We have not taken a weeklong trip together since our honeymoon, so I think we're long overdue.

For our 5th anniversary, I initially wanted to go to Jamaica (or some other tropical, exotic, fabulous place), but after careful consideration, we'll be staying stateside (and supporting the U.S. tourism industry!) and travelling to The North East Coast. I have never seen the East, so I am crazy-excited to go, especially in the fall it should be beautiful. All of our deal shopping, bargain hunting, penny pinching ways have paid off. We'll fly into a cheaper airport and rent a car and drive to our final destination, much like we did when we went on our honeymoon. There, we actually flew into one city, caught a taxi to the ferry, a ferry ride to the island where we were staying, and a taxi again to the resort. Even with all that, we still managed to save a few hundred dollars by being willing to fly into a different airport.

Over the next week or two, I'll start making my list of places to go on our vacation, checking restaurant prices, and researching the cost of all activities. Even on vacation, we are frugal. And that's perfectly okay with me. I get to see an extra destination because the direct flight to our destination is ridiculously expensive - let's say it's cheaper to fly to Jamaica than to another U.S. city. Isn't that strange?

Tell me - what budget savvy travel tips do you hold true to?
5 Responses
  1. Burrowing In Says:

    Ooooh! What part of the Northeast coast?


  2. Precious Says:

    Happy Anniversary! Enjoy your vacation and the great Northeast! I love it here!


  3. Anonymous Says:

    I am only married now 36 and 1/2 years, it gets more wonderful each and every year..my significant other worked grocery retail for over 40 years, he is wonderful but I never let him shop for anything and spoil the living daylights out of him each and everyday thankful he survived in his chosen field and is a wonderful wonderful hubby and person..Congrats! oh, his if from the east coast and spent time in Chicago when a wee one..he loves the west coast in colorado and pacific northwest..CONGRATS AGAIN on your anniversary! Time flies be sweet and enjoy your vacation and your hubby too..life is short enjoy enjoy enjoy!


  4. Anonymous Says:

    Oh, go to a warm climate for your anniverary if possible it makes for a more romantic anniversary, take the plane to a different airport and fly into the warm destination saving lots of money, carry only what you absolutely need and leave the clothes there and your suitcase will be little..Enjoy Enjoy..try to remember it is a anniversary and not to worry too much about the costs!


  5. Anonymous Says:

    We are having big storms where we live, all the more to spoil each other, he is a wonderful father toooooo, that is probably why our soon to be 33 daughter is unmarried, looking for a fellow just like her dad, corny, square, sentimental and sweet..and adores her momma and adores his sweet daughter, enjoy your wedding anniversary..life is precioucs and sweet!!!


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