Watching your Wallet on Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day, the one day a year dedicated to the ones we love. Some participate with a simple “I love you” while others go all out with lavish gifts and events. It’s supposed to be one of the highest ranking holidays for spending! However, with a little bit of imagination and inspiration, Valentine’s Day can still be just as fun and NOT break the bank. Here are a few tips on how to make your Valentine’s Day special without giving you a heart attack.

Dinner Plans

If you decide to go out to eat, do your homework and make sure the restaurant doesn’t require a reservation. Valentine’s Day also brings into a question if they’ll even take a reservation, increase prices just for the holiday, or have a set menu with limited options. Staying in is also a valid option and you can make Valentine’s Day dinner- their favorite food, dim lights, favorite movie… you’ve got a winner. Choosing to do dinner on another night can also help your budget. Decide to go out on a day before or after Valentine’s Day. You’ll avoid the crowds and it’ll be your own special event- plus half off if it’s after, right?


The flower route can be a little pricier than what you intended but if that’s the route you want to go, remember that your flowers are best when they’ve been properly chilled. Simply put, they’ll last a lot longer which means more bang for your buck. Delivery is great, but wouldn’t it be better to deliver in person? Whether you’re going to a florist, grocery store, or warehouse and pick some out yourself.


For the kids, they smallest things can be exciting! Hearts cut out of construction paper and put in their school lunches, a treasure hunt, heart shaped cookies, using a heart shaped cookie cutter on sandwiches, and biggest tip- make everything red and pink. Serve red jello, red pudding, red apples, toast with strawberry jelly, tomato soup, red applesauce, red kool-aid, strawberry milk, red frosted cookies, anything!

Gift Giving

If you’re planning on giving some gifts this year (or gift cards), you might want to look into websites like CardPool or PlasticJungle for discounted gift cards. If you’re buying something online you might have to pay extra to have it delivered by the 14th, which can really add up. Which is why doing your homework is crucial beforehand. If you didn’t, you could utilize a service like ShopRunner and get free shipping during your trial period. Another option for your gift giving is to make it! Homemade gifts are always filled with more love than any other gift. The internet is booming with DIY Valentine’s ideas if you’re a little stumped on this one.

It’s easy to go overboard for Valentine’s Day- but at the end of the day it’s all about celebrating those that we love.

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