10 Frugal Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Your Loved One
Valentine’s Day can easily become commercial and the reason it is celebrated often forgotten. Sometimes the most simple and frugal ways to show love can be the things that create the most lasting impression. Instead of coming off the stressful spending holiday season by opening the wallet again, try these frugal ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your loved one.
1. Write it Down! The most important thing you can do for someone on Valentine’s Day is share why you love them – yep, that’s FREE! In the hustle and bustle of the day, week, month or even year, we often forget to tell someone how much they mean to us. Most of us, too, are better at showing how deep our love goes in writing than trying to say it with words. Make sure to be vulnerable. I suggest taking notes a few days before February 14 and not wait until the last minute – this allows you to be genuine and thoughtful instead of doing something rushed. You can buy the classic Hallmark card and write it there, or be frugal and create your own. The sweetest card my husband ever gave me was on a folded sheet of white printer paper.
2. Picnic at Home. Avoid crowded restaurants and over-priced menus and bring your dinner home. Pick up specialty foods like wine, cheese and crackers and lay a blanket in front of the fire – things might warm up!
3. Repeat Your First Date. Remember the time you got butterflies wondering about the first kiss? Replay the night and go through all the steps of your first date. Try to remove the chatter of the current situation (kids, bills, mutual friends, etc.) and bring a list of getting to know you questions – perhaps you will discover something about your Valentine you didn’t know before!
4. Create a Mixed Tape. Before I lose many of you or bring nostalgia to others, create a “mixed tape” or playlist of songs that either mean something special or provide a special message to your loved one. Some of my favorites include “Maybe I’m Amazed” by Paul McCartney, “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton and my wedding song, “Heavenly Day” by Patty Griffin.
5. Breakfast in Bed. It’s perhaps cliché, but there is a reason it is continuously used. It sets the precedent for the day and it also gives one party the gift of sleeping in. Instead of jumping out of bed as soon as the meal is finished, make a day or morning of lying around under the covers. Bring in a newspaper, a favorite movie, a game, a book or of course, other fun can be had too!
6. Take a One-Time Dance Lesson. Some places offer your first dance lesson FREE to get you through the door. If this is not the case, perhaps search Valpak for something discounted in your area. This allows you to try something new with only you and your partner together.
7. Update Your Wedding Vows. “In sickness and health, through richer or poorer (perhaps even more poorer now)”, share with your spouse what battles and joys you are willing to redo with them all over again. This might give you both a nice laugh and cry down memory lane. These vows don’t have to be public. In fact, they will likely be much more special if they are said in the privacy of only each other.
8. Include the Kids. Valentine’s Day can be more than showing a spouse (or significant other) love. Include the kids in a fun family adventure, a day of games, or perhaps fun Valentine’s crafts – the internet is loaded with ideas! It is important to show your kids they are loved, but they will take more internal comfort in knowing you love each other.
9. Hide Love Notes. Grab 20 Post-it notes or get crafty and makes some adorable cards. Hide these messages around the house telling your spouse how much you love and cherish them. Go the extra step and add a reason for your love for them. It’s best you hide these so well they are found over time! Creative places include in his/her travel toiletry bag, in the butter container in the refrigerator, in the utensil drawer, and so on. This creates and on-going gift. Perhaps they will find it during that big fight!
10. Shake it Off. February 14 comes every year and doesn’t always coordinate with the home’s schedule. Let go of the actual date and choose your own Valentine’s Day date that works well in your home. Most importantly, love doesn’t have to be celebrated but once a year. Make sure to put the date on repeat often! Perhaps on the actual date, go to the calendar and place hearts on four additional places you want to celebrate Valentine’s Day again during the year!
Perhaps one of these ideas might start a new tradition in your home!