Valentine’s Day on a Budget
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February’s goal is to have fun! I know it seems odd to have to make it a goal. We just wanted to remind ourselves that with all the stresses and chaos of everyday life we still need to squeeze in some fun.
My first post about fun focused on frugal family fun. Most of those ideas were from my childhood or as a parent experiencing fun with our son. The next post had some frugal fun ideas for young adults. The ideas shared were things my son and his friends did in high school. The last post covered fun at work. Most if not all of these ideas were from my current 9 to 5 in an office but they could be adapted for most work place situations. What is next?
Frugal Fun for Valentine’s Day!
Since Valentine’s Day is in just a few days I thought I would share some frugal ideas. Many of these ideas can be adapted for other holidays with just a bit of tweaking. Valentine’s Day is fun for all ages.
Memory Lane – As a kid I always loved getting something in the mail. My grandparents would send me and my sister Valentines in the mail, one regular sized envelope with two little Valentines – one from Granny and one from Grandpa. As an adult my Granny and I wrote out hand written cards to each other for years. I still have some from her (and I also have some that she saved and I got back after she passed away). I love seeing her writing.
Ideas for Children
Make homemade Valentine cards together. Bake cookies or cupcakes together, have fun decorating them and then eat some.
Ideas for Young Adults
Movie or game night with Valentine snacks. A card with $5.00 so they can buy candy at 50% off or more the day after Valentine’s Day.
Ideas for Grandparents, Parents, Aunts and Uncles
Switching gears, grandparents (and other adult relatives) also like to receive anything homemade from their grandchildren – this could be a handmade card or drawing. Baked cookies or cupcakes. Another idea would be a framed picture of the grandchildren, or a sweatshirt, bag or coffee cup with their picture and personalized message. You can make or help the kids make these items.
One year we gave my step mom a huge clay pot with my son’s hand and foot prints (we dipped his little hands and feet in different colored paints) around the top below the rim. Then we added a sealer. She enjoyed that clay pot for years. Anything personal or even a card that they signed their name in will be cherished for years to come.
Ideas for your Sweetheart
Valentine’s day is in the middle of the week. Probably one or both of you have to work and are working the next day. That is the case with us, so we will just have a nice meal at home and play games or watch a move together snuggled up on the couch. Then we can plan something fun for the weekend after Valentine’s Day.
Ideas for the weekend after Valentine’s Day (or starting now if you have the time) – I don’t know about you but I got a lot of gift cards for Christmas. Break them out and see if you can make a date out of those before spending your own money.
Here are the ones I got:
Here are some ideas using these cards:
- Aldi’s for a bottle of wine and/or fancy chocolate or strawberries to dip in chocolate.
- Buy bagels at Panera on Tuesday (Baker’s Dozen Special for $6.99) morning and have some for breakfast on Valentine’s morning (freeze the rest).
- Lunch at Lemongrass (our favorite Asian restaurant) the weekend after Valentine’s Day (less crowded).
- Stop at See’s Candy the day after Valentine’s Day to get some discounted holiday candy to enjoy the rest of the month! And a bag of coffee or K-Cups from Starbucks to have at home with your candy.
- Use the Groupon card to do something new and fun like sky diving, whale watching, wine tasting, ziplining (I would log into Ebates first, then Groupon). Go to Starbucks on the way there or back.
Here are some free/low cost ideas:
- Back rub, foot rub or massage
- Cuddle together and reminisce about past Valentine’s days together or any fun memories of past Valentine’s days from your childhood.
- Hike or even a walk around your neighborhood – holding hands.
- Movie night at home – Double feature – you each pick a movie and you have to watch both.
- Picnic at your favorite spot.
- Ride bicycles, play tennis or racquet ball, go to the batting cages, shoot hoops – use whatever you already have that is just collecting dust.
- Sunrise on your porch – check to see what time the sun rises (and sets) the next day, set the alarm and get up early, grab a cup of coffee or tea and sit out in the dark and watch the sunrise together (or sunset with a glass of wine, bottle of beer or hot chocolate if its cold out).
Just find something unique to the two of you and have fun – turn off your cell phone, stare into each other’s eyes. Say “I love you!”
I hope you can use some of these ideas for Valentine’s Day on a budget. I would love to hear your ideas. Please leave a comment with your ideas.