8 Ways To Save On Valentine’s Day


Having the perfect night out doesn’t mean you need to break the budget. Here are eight ideas to help you save this Valentine’s Day.

  • Cook a romantic dinner at home instead of eating at an overpriced restaurant. Set the ambiance with some scented candles and soft music, and save a bundle! Giving each other massages or a foot rub could be an added bonus.
  • Make your own gift. Instead of buying a pricey piece of jewelry, frame a nice picture of the two of you or write a meaningful card.
  • If you are going out to eat, make sure to check sites like Groupon, LivingSocial and RetailMeNot for deals on restaurants near you before making reservations.
  • Skip the wine bottle at the restaurant and pop the cork at home instead.
  • Explore the great outdoors! It may be cold out, but you can still have fun just enjoying the fresh air. Bundle up and take a refreshing walk under the stars. Then, go home and warm up with steaming mugs of hot chocolate.
  • Get yourself a great work out and have a fantastically fun date by going ice or roller-skating! You can even take a class together.
  • Get cultured on a budget by taking advantage of a local museum’s free or discounted rates at specific times or nights.
  • Have an awesome time at the neighborhood comedy club. Entrance tickets can be as cheap as $5 apiece!

We’d love to hear from you. How do you save on a date without compromising on the quality of the evening? Share your best tips with us in the comments!

4 Ways to Save for the Holidays

The holiday season always seems to have a way of sneaking up on us. We think we’re in good shape and then BAM! Our budget goes out the window as the gifts pile up. To keep you financially fit this holiday season, we put together a few tips that you can start implementing now to save you stress and money later. Check them out!

  • Make a list of who you’re going to buy for and try to jot down the gift(s) for those lucky people. Now make a commitment to stick to your list!
  • Start looking for sale prices for the items you’ve written down. Research online, in stores and in weekly ads to snatch up the item at the lowest price.
  • Start purchasing one or two gifts per paycheck NOW! The earlier the better! Leave a sticky note on the gift with the recipient’s name in your secret hiding place. Don’t have a hiding place? Try the next tip instead!
  • Start a Christmas Club account! Transfer cash from every paycheck into your Christmas Club account and don’t touch the money until you’re ready to start your holiday shopping. (If your financial institution doesn’t have a Christmas Club account, come check out ours.)

We hope these easy tips help you with your seasonal shopping. Plan ahead so you don’t break your budget! Do you have any other tips or habits to share? Leave a comment below and tell us how you stick to your budget during the holidays!