It's not necessary to break the bank to celebrate your anniversary with your spouse or partner. Whether you're on a budget or just want a simple way to enjoy the day together, turn back the clock to your first date, relive your wedding day, try something new or pamper each other -- all while keeping the impact on your wallet minimal.
Think back to your first date or the place you got engaged and, provided it wasn't a costly experience, do your best to recreate it. Watch the sun set over the city from a park bench, grab drinks at a downtown patio, take a simple picnic to the beach or stroll through a street fair or festival in your town. If you want to stay closer to home, get take-out food and watch the movie you first enjoyed together or simply sip a glass of wine while you reminisce about your first date. You can each write down your recollection before talking about it, and then compare and laugh while when you see how your memories differ.
Take a virtual trip down memory lane by dusting off your photo albums or browsing the photos on your computer to enjoy seeing the images that tell your story as a couple. Watch your wedding video or some videos you captured on your honeymoon, read the guest comments in your wedding guestbook or dig through some assorted mementos and put together a scrapbook. Share your specific memories as you come across each memento and reflect on your life together.
If you're the type of couple that enjoys new experiences, look for indoor or outdoor activities that work for couples. A hike through a nature reserve is suitable if you're active, and you can stick to the anniversary theme by reading your wedding vows as you overlook a beautiful vista. If you're passionate about the arts, find out when a local gallery offers free admission, enjoy a concert in the park or take a free dance class at a dance studio's open house.
Pampering each other is a fun-filled way to celebrate your anniversary, but you don't have to visit a nearby spa. Take turns giving each other a scalp or foot massage or unwind with a leisurely soak together in a bubble bath. Make homemade gift cards that you can redeem for a services such as a back rub. Slowly cook dinner together -- a selection of finger foods are ideal for playfully feeding each other -- and then unwind with a quiet evening in front of the fireplace.