Valentine’s Day is upon us and the pressure is on for most. How do we possibly show our love for one person that’s limited to this one special day? It is possible to go beyond the usual suspects of flowers and candy, without causing your wallet heartbreak. From a one-of-a-kind date that your soul mate will never forget, to a unique keepsake they can always have as a memento – here’s one sweet list of Valentines Day ideas for your sweetie.
You don’t have to make a reservation at the hottest restaurant in town to impress your date. All you need is an amazing meal you put together with care at home. Have a “picnic” on your living room floor. Bring out a throw blanket, delicious meal, a bottle of your significant other’s favorite wine or beer and candlelight. It’s sure to be a Valentine’s Day that will be memorable.
If you still really want to hit the town and go to a restaurant, check your local restaurants for Valentine’s Day specials in advance. Many restaurants will have a pre-fixe menu available, giving you more bang for your buck with an appetizer, entrée, dessert and sometimes even drinks included with one set price. Another option is to peruse Groupon or LivingSocial for any special cupid-approved dining deals.
Also, to slim that final check amount, save dessert for home. Enjoy your meal at the restaurant and make sure you have something sweet whipped up at home. If your Valentine has a chocolate tooth, have some homemade brownies or cupcakes waiting for them when you walk through the door. Nothing says I love you more than homemade dessert.
Another fun date is a movie night. This doesn’t mean going to the theater and blowing your cash on tubs of popcorn, $6 sodas and Sour Patch Kids. You can have the same effects in the comfort of your own home. Go to a Redbox and rent a new release. Make your own tub of popcorn and buy some movie-worthy candy at the grocery store.
When it comes to Valentine’s Day gifts, there’s nothing more I prefer than a homemade gift from the heart. One of my favorite gifts includes homemade coupons. Make your own coupons offering a favorite meal, favorite things to do to relax, favorite movie and more. Add some stickers or glitter for some extra character.
Another thoughtful DIY Valentine’s gift includes buying a deck of playing cards. Punch a hole on the cards, so they come together like a book. On the front of the card “book”, write “52 Things I Love About You.” On each card write different reasons why you love your Valentine.
Nothing says “I love you” more than documentation of your love. Make a scrapbook with different things you’ve done since you’ve started dating. Include movie ticket, museum, and sports ticket stubs. Add different photos and mementos you’ve taken throughout the years.
With all of the above ideas, I think this year you’ll big getting a big “yes!” when you ask, “will you be my frugal Valentine?”
What is the best Frugal Valentine’s Day gift you have received?