Friday, February 8, 2008

Frugal Fridays - 7 Valentine's Day Ideas

Valentine's Day is coming. Seems like it rolls around earlier every year...except for the fact that it is always on February 14th. So, what are you and your Valentine going to be doing? Here are some frugal ideas:

- If you want to go out together trade with another couple for babysitting. Valentine's Day is on a Thursday so one couple can go out then and the other on Friday or some arrangement like that.

- If you go out use a gift card (saved for the purpose!) or coupon or go out for lunch instead of supper.

- Write a hearfelt letter instead of buying an overpriced card. Or make a card. Or scrapbook. Or something! (Any ideas for me?) Prince Charming and I usually buy each other cards but we don't buy gifts, we just never have.

- Buy roses the day after Valentine's. Yep, if you forgo your flowers on The Day then you can find some great deals. It stretches out the celebration and you still have beautiful flowers to look at.

- Watch the sales when Valentine's is over. Pick up some inexpensive dishes, tablecloths, napkins, decor, etc. Set them back for next year. Make a nice at home meal next year for the whole family.

- Make some type of food that you don't have all the time. Last year we bought heart shaped pasta. Yes, it cost a tiny bit more, but our girls loved it and still talk about it. Don't set the bar too high, I say.

- This goes without saying, I suppose, but I'll say it anyway: get all thoughts of diamond rings ("Just because"), diamond earrings ("You deserve them"), a new car, etc. out of your head. Does anyone actually think that's the way Valentine's should be celebrated?!

Any other ideas? And be sure to check out the great frugal ideas at Biblical Womanhood.


Lora said...

Great ideas! I agree, the focus on V-day can get a little skewed. Ours are more about the quality time and simple things like heart-shaped pancakes and homemade cards.

Amy said...

Thanks for posting your ideas! I posted about the same thing and of course, like your ideas better than mine. :)

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