Elizabeth Davis, USU Extension Assistant Professor
Initially, I intended to write about how to save money for special occasions like anniversaries and birthdays. But in light of what is happening right now, I'd like to focus on celebrating, especially during hard times. I've learned during the Covid-19 pandemic that despite the uncertainties that we are experiencing... life goes on. There continue to be weddings, anniversaries, births, and other special occasions. Valentine's day is right around the corner. So, how do we celebrate in times of financial uncertainty? Here are three tips to help you prepare to celebrate Valentine's day (or any special day) during economic uncertainty.
1) Focus on the positives - It is easy to get discouraged by focusing on the negatives. When we focus on the positives of our situation, we are more able to identify creative solutions. If we cannot budget funds for celebrations, determine what resources we do have at our disposal (e.g., craft supplies, baking ingredients, candles, etc.)
2) Make a plan - There many ways to celebrate special events that don't require money. Check out these ideas for at-home dates celebrating can be meaningful without adding stress to our finances. Here is where our creativity can help us out. Focus on the person that you wish to celebrate, and devise a plan that would be meaningful to them.
3) Memorialize the celebration - Celebrations will look different this year than in years past. Look for ways to embrace and memorialize the differences. Take pictures of your celebrations, journal, or post about your experience. This will provide your future self with the opportunity to reminisce and enjoy the celebration again later.
One thing that we can count on is change. This pandemic will change, our finances will change, our relationships will change. So, let's focus on the positives in our ever-changing circumstances and celebrate the special people and milestones in our lives.
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