Valentine’s Day on a Budget

Valentine’s Day…. Two little words that could easily blow your budget early in the year, but it doesn’t have to! There are plenty of ways to express your love without breaking the bank this Valentine’s Day.

Consider Using Coupons
Many sites likiStock_000017775761Largee Groupon and Livingsocial have special sections filled with discounted gifts and dinner specials for Valentine’s Day. You can save money while also doing something different you wouldn’t normally do. It’s a win-win!

Stay In and Cook Dinner Together
You can still have a romantic meal for two, and a plus is that you won’t be cramped or rushed at a restaurant full of other couples. If you really want to go out to eat to celebrate still, consider moving your celebration date. Many restaurants will be far less busy and possibly cheaper before or after February 14th.

Minimize Rather Than Do Without
Instead of a dozen roses, give just one as a sweet surprise. Instead of a whole box of expensive chocolates, give them just one bar of their favorite brand of chocolate.

Make Something by Hand
You could bake, knit a scarf, write a poem or make a scrapbook. Instead of buying a card, make the card yourself. Give the gift of your time, represented in the object you present to them, and they will appreciate it far more than an expensive and meaningless gift.

The bottom line is that Valentine’s Day is about spending time with the person you love – not filling the pockets of card companies, flower delivery firms and restaurants. It really is the thought the counts, and with these ideas you can have a budget friendly yet cheerful Valentine’s Day this year!

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