My 15 Year Anniversary

On Friday, I celebrated my fifteen year anniversary with my wife.    I was reminded that will all of the gadgets, jewelry, clothes, and vacations you can buy with money, the best gifts in life are still free.    Although I did get something really nice for my wife, some of the most enjoyable times we have had together over our fifteen years didn’t cost a lot of money.   Here are five ideas that you can use if you are on a low budget, but you would like to do something special.

1)  Make breakfast at home – There is something truly special about having a real homemade breakfast.   Whether you make French toast, a cheese omelet, or just cut some fruit with a cup of coffee, you can make this a low budget high production event.  Think about getting a few fresh flowers, the morning paper, and a handwritten card expressing your sentiments.

2) Go see a matinee movie –  Take off work early one day, and grab an afternoon movie.  The theaters are less crowded, and the cost will be cheaper than normal.    You can go to a local pharmacy store such as CVS or Walgreens, and generally pick up a box of candy for just a $1.    Great way to have a date on a skeleton budget.

3) Go to a local museum or aquarium–  Most people live in a city, yet never take the time to really explore the culture scene unless there are visitors from out of town.    Go in the middle of the afternoon, and take in a showing of the paintings that are at your art museum.   Maybe your city has a killer aquarium or science museum.    What a great way to spend some time together and ditch the crowds.

4) Play around on I Tunes for an evening –  When I was growing up, we would invite friends over and play our record collections.   Now that you can here previews of different songs and albums on places like I Tunes, spend an evening creating a CD that you both love.   See who can name that tune within a few notes of the song being played.   I’ve done this before, and it is a lot fun!

5) Go through old photos –  Break out a glass of wine or a Bailey’s on the rocks, and go through all of your memories in your photo albums.   If you have kids, you’ll be amazed at the pictures you took and how your kids have grown.   Jog your memory of vacations past, and people you haven’t seen in years.   This one only works every 5 years or so, but will keep you laughing for an evening.

These are just five of my favorites, but write me on what is one favorite low budget romantic idea that you have for all of the readers of your smart money moves.

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My friends and family all think I’m a workaholic, but I say I’m just a guy that loves to help people do better in life.

My mother is still the only one that calls me by my real name Theodore Michael, my wife calls me Teddy, but for the rest of you it is just plain old Ted.

Ever since I was a little kid, I always loved money and being an entrepreneur. In fact, I still have cassette tapes of me talking to my grandmother at the age of five and my mother tells me all the time how much I played with money as a kid...

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