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February 10, 2011

Budget Friendly Valentine's Day

Yesterday, I read on one of my new fave blogs: And Then She Saved on "How to be a Cheap Valentine without being a Cheap Valentine" and thought i'd share this great post with my readers!

The husband and I don't "do Valentine's day"... It has never been one of the holidays I was into. Maybe b/c it was so close to my birthday? Or maybe all the chocolate hearts and overpriced flowers just started to lose meaning to me.

Sidenote: I won't lie. I am a bargain shopper. While I like my nice things, I love a great deal. And Sometimes, the time spent on finding the great deal is definitely not worth it to some - for me, its the hunt. The bargain. The knowledge that I purchased something cheaper than what I initially would have paid makes me excited and happy. Yes I know ... I'm lame! 

So the idea of spending too much money on something that on any other day is cheaper, seems bizzarro to me. But that is me. And i don't mock or judge anyone else if they do things different. One of my best gals is in love with Valentine's Day. Her favorite holiday. Her favorite color is Red. She loves chocolate. She loves this day. And while i think its a dumb day (sorry, but the truth be told), i think its really cute that she is so enamored with it. So i can appreciate the importance of the day to many.

So the post by Anna from And Then She Saved Blog was really good. Not only are we trying to implement our own spending diet strategy (see her post about that here) but since I don't like the idea of overpaying for something, especially on a holiday i don't quite appreciate - her suggestions appealed to me.

Specifically (all taken from "How to be a Cheap Valentine without being a Cheap Valentine" Post)!
■Cook a romantic dinner using pre-existing ingredients from your cupboards
■Make your Valentine breakfast- again using ingredients or mainly ingredients you already have
■Make 365 reasons why you love them and give them 1 a day for the whole year
■Have a movie marathon and make ice cream sundaes with all the fixin's
■Clean the entire house for them
■Make homemade chocolate-covered strawberries: 1) Melt a package of semi-sweet chocolate chips in a double boiler and add a small amount of oil 2) Remove from heat and quickly dip the strawberries into the chocolate 3) Place on wax paper and refrigerate for several hours until chocolate is firm
■If you're hitched: read your wedding vows to each other/watch your wedding video/look at your wedding album
■Compliment them when others are around
■Decide to give them an ongoing Valentine gift. This is where you do a little nice thing for them each day for an extended period of time. For example: listening intently, picking up a piece of candy for them, do something unexpected for them, give them your full attention when they talk, forgive quickly, add something they like to the grocery list and surprise them with it. Tell them what you're up to or not. They might be shocked by the extreme niceness you're dishing out. This will make them feel loved and appreciated which is the goal of Valentine's Day if you ask me.

and while a few of those ideas probably would take more time, i think could be used for next Valentine's day or even for a Christmas gift - like the give 365 reasons on a calendar. that is cute. but many of the ideas I really liked were good ideas of things to do daily - compliment them when others are around, do nice things for them, focus on them when they talk and all that gushy niceness.

After reading and figuring out our "Love languages", I know that doing the little things and saying kinds words really relay to the husband how much I do love him ... and also helps me remember on a moment to moment basis of how lucky I am....

So what are some ways that you are making the Valentine's Day holiday special for you ... and you don't have to be "in a relationship" to make the day fun and meaningful? 

Read more great ideas of budget friendly Valentine's Day suggestions in the rest of Anna's Post: "How to be a Cheap Valentine without being a Cheap Valentine"


  1. Love it! We don't do anything elaborate, either, other than maybe go out for a special dinner. We do that every week, though!

  2. I like it! We don't do anything fancy for Valentine's Day either.


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