celebrate on a budget

25 Ways to Celebrate On a Budget

Even if you’re broke (thanks, student loans, and semi-annual sale), there are many ways to celebrate on a budget. I’m all about celebrating victories, especially with my coaching clients. It can be hard to maintain momentum when working towards a goal, and celebrating is a great way to stay motivated.

In my second year of coach training, I quit my full-time marketing job to focus on studying and earning my practice hours. My husband, Eric was self-employed, and we went from a two-person income, with one consistent paycheck, to a one-person income with inconsistent revenue. We knew we could make it work, but we had to budget.

Instead of looking at what we didn’t have, we worked with what we did have. Some months were tighter than others, but we got creative and still found ways to celebrate on a budget. In fact, we found ways we never thought of before. The result was a rich, fulfilling year, full of adventures that ultimately made us much closer.

We planned road trips and traveled more in that year than we had in the six years prior.

Since we had more time freedom, we enjoyed it when we got it.

We went to $5 matinee movies, local events, and happy hours. We learned new recipes and made a cooking playlist on Spotify. Our nights were filled with fun dinners and board games at home and our afternoons were spent playing fetch with our labs.

All-in-all, it was an awesome year because we were both flexible. We were grateful for what we had, and we didn’t sacrifice our practice of celebrating our wins.

Here’s a list of 25 ways to celebrate on a budget, from my playbook.

  • Buy a new (or used) book and spend the whole afternoon reading it.
  • Get a good pastry. Not the crappy grocery store kind. From the bakery.
  • Go for a walk or a day-hike in a beautiful place. If you don’t have a go-to spot, find one.
  • Give yourself permission to take the whole day off and do whatever you want.
  • Pick up a good bottle of inexpensive wine. There are some amazingly good budget wines.
  • Invite your bestie over for homemade popcorn and a movie.
  • Get dressed up and go to happy hour.
  • Find a fun, free local event and take a friend! Check your local weekly for ideas.
  • Purchase a gratitude journal. I love The Five Minute Journal
  • Cook a good meal. Set the table restaurant-style with flowers, nice placemats, and candles.
  • Buy some flowers. I just said that.
  • Clean the house. I know, I know, but hear me out! You deserve a clean, clutter-free home.
  • Get a houseplant.
  • Invite friends over for a bring-your-own board game night.
  • Go for a picnic. If the weather sucks, have a picnic at home!
  • Make a celebration playlist of your favorite music.
  • Treat yourself to a really good ice cream cone.
  • Paint your nails. Painting my toenails makes me feel glam, even in sweatpants.
  • Make something! A vision board. A loaf of bread. A handmade card. Find inexpensive project ideas on Pinterest.
  • Give your hair a deep moisturizing masque. I love the affordable and clean products from Shea Moisture.
  • Go swimming! Or camping.
  • Go to the museum.
  • Binge-watch a show you’ve been looking forward to.
  • Buy a comfy pair of pajamas.
  • Have breakfast in bed.

How do you celebrate on a budget? Did you get some new ideas?

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