But what if you’re not prepared to drop that kind of dough, no matter how exciting or joyful the occasion? What if—as was the case in my family last week—you want to celebrate without spending a lot of money?
My husband and I were determined not to let a celebration pass us by just because we’re watching our budget extra closely. We racked our brains and came up with 5 ways to make merry without impacting our bottom line.
5 Ways to Celebrate Without Spending a Lot of Money
1. Toast with cheap champagne.
While celebrations usually call for an extra nice bottle of bubbly, you can save a lot of money by going in the exact opposite direction. Half the fun is searching for the cheapest bottle in the store and then laughing about how bad (or surprisingly good!) it is.
2. Cook a nice meal at home.
I love a good four courses at a four star restaurant, but sometimes it just isn’t worth the price tag. Preparing a special dinner yourself to be savored in your dining rom, by candlelight, after the kids are in bed can be just as nice. The Kitchn has a great list of fancy meals for two, including Authentic Spaghetti Carbonara and Blackened Chicken & Creamy Angel Hair Pasta.
3. Write about it.
Celebrating is essentially about expressing your joy and excitement, right? What better way to express those feelings than by documenting them in words? Putting pen to paper and journaling your good news—either for private or public consumption—is an unexpected and inexpensive way to celebrate.
4. Host a potluck.
If you can’t imagine celebrating without your family and friends, skip the self-hosted party and opt for a potluck gathering instead. It’s a great way to spread the joy without spreading your budget too thin.
5. Announce the news on social media.
Think of a clever way to share your baby bump, job promotion, or other special news with your online network. It will give your extended family and friends the opportunity to congratulate you, and seeing their responses is in itself a form of celebration. (The key, of course, is to be creative without being arrogant. No bragging allowed!)
While good news usually calls for an extra expense, it’s completely possible to celebrate without breaking the bank.
What are your favorite ways to mark a special occasion without spending a lot of money?
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