Valentine’s Day Can Be Special Without Breaking The Bank
All you need are some new ideas (or old ideas you’ve forgotten about) that inspire; yet still keep you on budget.
When you put some thought into how you are going to celebrate (uh-hmmm, dinner and movie again babe?) it will mean a lot more and be much more memorable.
Here is a list of ideas to get your creative juices flowing!
Decorate your home (just a little)
I spent $6 on new kitchen towels. Dollar section at Target…gotta love it! Flowers and candles would also be nice.
Small symbolic touches can easily bring the spirit of the holiday into your home.
You can also make some very inexpensive DIY decorations. I found some great ideas here on Tip Junkie!
A co-worker walked around last year and handed each member of our team a few Hershey’s Candy Kisses and told us how much she enjoyed working with us. I loved it! Cost? Less than $5 for a bag of kisses. 💋
Celebrate on a day other than Valentine’s Day. (this is a no brainer)
Don’t go to dinner on Valentine’s Day. Everyone knows prices skyrocket! 💰💰💰
Make a special dinner at home or choose a different day of the week/month to go out on.
Who says you have to celebrate your love/friendship on exactly February 14 anyways?!
Buy flowers from a grocery store and put them in a vase yourself.
This one is a BIG budget saver. I don’t want the hubs paying florist prices. I’m just as happy with a homemade arrangement. ( I will even put it together myself if needed.) You can create beautiful arrangements with a handful of fresh flowers and a nice silk ribbon.
Plan ahead of time.
This allows you to be more creative. You can plan a day trip or make a homemade craft. I’m planning to do a home photo shoot of my grand daughters dressed up for VDay and print and frame one of the pics for their dad and granddad.
Bake something you can share. Bake a signature dish or a family favorite batch of cookies.
One of our faves to bake is homemade cinnamon rolls. (As you probably already know.)
Baking together, or for someone, not only creates special memories, it also adds a delicious aroma throughout the home.
Take advantage of special offers.
In the mail, we received an offer to view a time share in exchange for reduced priced lodging and $100 to spend at the resort.
Normally I’m not too interested in this type of thing, but it just so happened to be a resort I’ve been wanting to visit in Carmel overlooking the Monterey Bay.
The Hyatt Highlands.
For $336 I booked a 4 day/3 night stay at the resort.
This stay would normally cost close to $2500!!
I booked it for March (my choice) and am eagerly looking forward to our trip!
This actually extends our celebrating by an extra month. 🎉
Keep an eye on your mailbox and spend a little time searching the internet to find little specials such as this one.
Make a Favorites Things “Love You” Basket
Fill a basket full of all the little favorite things your loved one likes.
A basket full of Reese Peanut Butter Cups, a candle, a nice body butter lotion, lavender oil, and spa socks would be a really exciting gift to me!
That kind of thing.
You can’t go wrong with favorites.
Of course cost depends upon what you put in it but a nice basket can be put together for less than $20.
To save even more you can use a gift bag instead of a basket to put everything in.
Here are bags I’m putting together for my grand-daughters. (Dolls $15 and $13, candy $3, bubble necklaces $1 for 2, coloring books $1 each, bags $3 each. Grand total of $39 for 2 gift bags.)
It’s easy to get carried away and want to keep buying things to add to the basket but if you’re thoughtful about what you buy quality always trumps quantity.
Keeping this in mind helps keep the budget in check!
Plan an experience. Go for a hike somewhere you haven’t been before, visit the snow, visit a posh hotel lobby/lounge and enjoy a hot cocoa, good conversation and awesome ambiance.
(Creative commons stock photos/Dreamstime Stock Photos)
Visit an art museum and tell each other why each piece of art reminds you (or doesn’t remind you) of them. This one brings out the silliness.
Make Valentine’s Day a family celebration if you have children.
It’s important to have couple time, but it’s also important for the entire family to show their love for one another. Look for ways to do that.
One idea is to have a love jar that everyone has to contribute to each day and then on Valentine’s Day over dinner or something, you read what’s been put into the jar.
Candlelight dinner for two.
One of my favorite Valentine’s Day celebrations ever was when our children were young.
We put them to bed and my husband made a lobster (my fave) dinner for us while I got dressed up. 👠💄
We were able to enjoy a quiet, scrumptious candlelight dinner all within the comfort of our own home with our littlest loved ones just within earshot. (and we didn’t even have to tip the waiter!)
It felt like a million dollar date night!
Whatever you decide to do, focus on why the holiday is important to you and your loved ones.
This is your opportunity to show you care and it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg.
In fact, like I just shared above, the best gifts aren’t always the expensive ones.
It can be as simple as a homemade dinner made with a dash of love and pinch of care. (Sorry couldn’t resist being a little bit cheesy there 😂😂!)
For a little extra brainstorming help, here are some fun winter date ideas I found on Friday We’re In Love. It’s a great blog, check it out!!
Do you have any money saving ideas to help take the budget stress out of Valentine’s Day?
Please share them in the comment section below. We ALL love new ideas!
Happy first day of February all you pretty happy people!