Valentine’s Day on a Dime

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Valentine’s Day is all about showing the love. If you’re dating or married, you have that significant other to think about. If you’re single, maybe you are going to do something fun with your friends or just do something for yourself. No matter which category you fall under, Valentine’s Day can get expensive, and fast. (Unfortunately for my husband, Valentine’s Day is also my birthday. Kind of a double whammy, but he always pulls it off!)

We have compiled a list of inexpensive Valentine’s Day ideas, no matter who you’ll be showering with love on this special day.

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• Instead of flowers, consider buying a potted plant. They are often much cheaper and last a lot longer than that overpriced rose bouquet.

• Purchase some clear red balloons. Before blowing them up, place either wrapped candies, small gifts, and/or love poems inside each one, and then give them to your loved one as a bouquet.

• Create handmade coupons with gifts your partner can use anytime, such as a massage or a night out on the town with friends.

• You can never go wrong with making someone a mixed CD. These are great for significant others, friends, or even yourself! Pick songs that are important to your relationship or are just fun to dance to in the car. Everyone loves music, especially when the songs mean something to them.

• Change the date. Who says you have to celebrate on February 14? People say all the time that you should show how much you love someone year-round, so go ahead and celebrate on a different day! This will save you lots of money on flowers, time waiting at the restaurant, and, if you wait until after February 14, you will probably find loads of discounted candy and gifts.

• If you’re crafty, consider making homemade Valentine’s cards. Homemade gifts have so much meaning, often at a fraction of the cost. Check out Pinterest for thousands of ideas to get you started.


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• Only crafty in the kitchen? Ditch the reservations and cook up a delicious meal for two (or for your friends! or for yourself!) and have a night in. Spread a blanket on the floor of the living room and have a picnic, complete with your favorite movie or television show on Netflix. Tip: If you do this with friends, make it a potluck and have everyone bring their favorite dish or dessert. This keeps you from having to cook and pay for everything!

• Have a game night. If you’re nerdy like my husband and me, board games are the way to your heart. Use gifts you got for each other as prizes as you show off your competitive side!

• If you need some more frugal date night inspiration, look no further.

Have other budget-friendly Valentine’s Day ideas? Let us know in the comments, and have an unbelievable Valentine’s Day!


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