What to do with a very small budget?

@34momma (13895)
United States
November 12, 2008 3:16pm CST
When you want to do something special for the one you love, but your funds are low, what do you do? today makes 5 years for me and my hubby, and I wanted to do something really special for him. However my budget is very very very small. Mylot friends give me some great ideas of things i can do for him to make sure this is a day he will remember always on a small budget
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@angelface23 (2498)
• United States
12 Nov 08
well for example I would like to scrapbook but I dont have the time or the money to spend on all the things I would need to do this. I had found a site called scrapblog.com when used with photobucket you can make scrapbook pages which you can then order 4 x6 prints from and pick them up at Target. Each print is .20 so it's pretyt cheap. The most expensive thing would be the album itself but you could prbably get one fairly cheap. That's how I budget!
@34momma (13895)
• United States
12 Nov 08
that's a good idea angelface. I didn't think of that. i don't know if i have much time left to put something like that so special and personal together but i am going to keep that in mind for a holiday gift
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• United States
12 Nov 08
This is so romantic, I have an idea, you could make a gift coupon with some options for him, for example: nice bath together with herbal essences (could be with cinnamon), massage with warm oil, Dinner for two that you prepare with a special dessert, breaskfast in bed. My husband sometimes send me by mail one of those and I love it.
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• United States
12 Nov 08
that was my thought how about a candle light dinner followed by a warm bubble bath for the two of you with candle light men really do love this .go for it
@34momma (13895)
• United States
13 Nov 08
i had purchase something like that a few years back and never used them. I think i am going to make my own today! what a great fun idea
@Shar1979 (2723)
• United States
12 Nov 08
What does your husband really want? if he's into fishing maybe you can buy him a shirt or some fishing tackles from bass pro. They're on sale. You may go to the park and have picnic. take your kids with you if you like. it wont cost you a lot.
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@34momma (13895)
• United States
12 Nov 08
shar i live in New York and it's too cold for a picnic. He is so not a fisherman. I can't get him off the xbox! LOL so i think some us time is what we are going to go for tonite
@Shar1979 (2723)
• United States
12 Nov 08
Buy him new games. LOL Just treat him for a dinner. I think it would be nice.
@kerriannc (4280)
• Jamaica
12 Nov 08
hello 34momma, how small is the budget? Sometimes it is not all about money. What does your husband loves that you have not done for along time? It can be a meal you have not prepared that you know he loves but don't have the time to do it. Maybe you can prepare it. It can be a intimate moment, you know a position he always talk about but you were too reluctant to try. It is the thought that counts you know. Take care. Congratulation on your five years.
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@34momma (13895)
• United States
12 Nov 08
kerriannc, oh it's small. but i think he would enjoy our special time together that he would like more. so i guess putting the kids to bed early and spend some times with each other sounds like something that just might be best
@kerriannc (4280)
• Jamaica
12 Nov 08
Well my dear just let yourself loose and enjoyed.
@kissie34 (2296)
• Philippines
3 Dec 08
Well, you can do so many things even though your budget isn't that big.. I remember the first special thing that I've done to my boyfriend (well, he is not yet my boyfriend that time).. Me and my friends plan to have a surprise party for me.. But my budget isn't that big.. Some of my friends had contribute but not that big.. I spend my whole month allowance for his birthday just to make it special.. All of my friends help me to make it special.. You can make a surprise party.. Like buy or cook some foods and cake for the both of you.. Well, you can also make some mini videos wherein you were giving a short message for him then put some all of the happy memories that you've spend together.. A short clips will make it special already.. It is very cheaper you only need to spend is the case and the cd/dvd for as long as you have the materials needed like computer, burner, and a software wherein you can make a mini-movie.. You can also buy a thing that he really likes.. There are so many things you can do if you just be creative and think hard..
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@34momma (13895)
• United States
3 Dec 08
i would have loved to have had a party, but he is just not the party kind of guy.
@o_utsider (372)
• China
3 Dec 08
I think you can prepare a delicious dinner for him.Because seize his heart,to seize his stomach.
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@34momma (13895)
• United States
3 Dec 08
thanks outsider, we had a nice nite together
@subha12 (18453)
• India
13 Nov 08
make it cheap./ i want to say buy a flower bouquet and make hand made card.price does not matter, the real feelings matter most.
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@34momma (13895)
• United States
13 Nov 08
the feelings or intent behind anything you do is the point. thanks for your input my friend
@Beruang (1309)
• Malaysia
13 Nov 08
I am the worst when it comes to buying gifts for others or for my wife and my son. I just could not figure out what would be the best gift to buy with the limited amount of money that I have with me. If I were your husband, I would be aware that you would not have that much money to buy anything for me. Therefore, I would not be expecting any gift but what I would need is just a good wish from my wife on this special day. Anything else after that would just be some bonuses. May be you can bake him some cookies or a small cake or some special dish that you know he really likes and you only cook on special days or occasions. Then maybe you can make your own happy anniversary card. That one will always be better than the cards that can be bought from the shop. I don't know about you or your husband but self made items are things that I would love to keep forever. Anyway, I told you that I am bad at this and sorry if that does not really help but I had a great time writing this response for you. Cheers!
@34momma (13895)
• United States
13 Nov 08
i don't think he is expecting anything, but that is why i wanted to do a little something for him. so well shall see what i come up with
@underdogtoo (9599)
• Philippines
13 Nov 08
I believe it's the thought that counts. A tight budget is nothing more than an added impetus to become more creative. I get creative when I have no money. Cheers!!
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@34momma (13895)
• United States
13 Nov 08
and that is just what i need to tap into more often. being more creative. thanks underdogtoo
@katkat (2379)
• Philippines
13 Nov 08
I'm not an expert with this but a candle light dinner always worked. Actually this is the most romantic and inexpensive way to celebrate your anniversary. You don't have to be in a restaurant to have a romantic candle light dinner. Jut set it up on your house and cooked his favorite food and have a very sweet song in the background. If you and your hubby have a theme song you could played it while having your dinner. Hope everything goes well.
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@34momma (13895)
• United States
13 Nov 08
i know that just sounds so sweet. and easier said then done when you have a 13 and 4 year old at home. maybe they can go to grandma's for the weekend
• United States
13 Nov 08
You could always prepare a nice dinner for him with a special food that you don't get to cook often and make it just a nice night. Maybe do the whole massage thing or something.
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@34momma (13895)
• United States
13 Nov 08
i made his favorite last night, I cooked him a steak. i think for the weekend we will do some us things together. try to keep it romantic
• United States
13 Nov 08
how small of a budget are we talking about...? I can think of plenty of ideas depending on where you live 1. Dinner and a movie 2. A non competitive bowling game 3. snuggling at home and watching DVD's together
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@34momma (13895)
• United States
13 Nov 08
hi garden, I am from NYC. i know i can make something work with a small budget. I am going to give him a great romantic weekend
@katrhina23 (1282)
• United States
13 Nov 08
You dont actually have to spend to celebrate. You can rent out a movie or just watch any of your old fave movies and make a nice dinner for your hubby. spending time with each other is a good gift, and will surely be a memorable one.
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@34momma (13895)
• United States
13 Nov 08
you are right. time is the best gift of all
• China
13 Nov 08
What do you good at? If you are a good cooker, you can cook a lot of delicious food for him by yourself, and give a romatic name for everyone, I think it will be a special way to show your love.
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@34momma (13895)
• United States
13 Nov 08
i made his favorite dinner last night, steak!!
@fasttalker (2797)
• United States
12 Nov 08
Time to ge out the photo album. Gather up some pics of the past five years and go to the dollar tree and get a small photo album for $1.00 and put them in it. Then take the kids to a friends house for the evening and find an old favorite song and well...you figure out the rest! LOL Memories last a lifetime!
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@34momma (13895)
• United States
13 Nov 08
hey fasttalker i love that idea. i think i may do something like that for the holidays for him. he loves to take pics and i think he would love somthing like this
@iamfine (740)
• China
13 Nov 08
I think if he really loves you, you don't even have to pay a dime to make him happy. Why not have bath together, or creating some other romantic situations for him. He will appreciate this! That's just my opinion..
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@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
13 Nov 08
something that i am thinking of wont cost a lot of money, just time. what you could do is find 365 scraps of paper and write on each one of them a special memory or something that you like about him or your favourite song or it could be anything. then you put them all into a jar or bottle and he can read one each day!
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
13 Nov 08
you can decorate the bottle if you want to. it takes a lot of time, but it is a very special and inexpensive gift.
• Philippines
22 Nov 08
well if there's a coming important occassion and you've got a very small budget then all you have to do is to prioritize memories than food. Simple food is enough but try to find ways and means on how you are going to save money for your memories, like picture taking. I've a got a non-professional camera which i oftentimes used when there is special occasion even we have just small budget at least we are happy sharing with that little budget we have.
@rmuxagirl (7562)
• United States
14 Nov 08
hmm; you could write him a little poem or cook him a romantic dinner. Send the kids to grandma's for the night so you can have the house to yourselves. AN idea for next year is you can make a small scrapbook with pictures of the two of you and little saying about how much he means to you. That is something I am working on now.
@23uday (2998)
• India
13 Nov 08
Hi frnds, I am doing a job in my job i gettig a less salary to me.Its not uncomfortable to my earnings.Now the jobs were become so hard to get a new job or getting another job.I am adjusting with my small budget.I am doing with my plans for everything in my life.