How to Celebrate Valentine’s Day for Less

Celebrate Valentine's Day for Less

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, yes already, and that means it’s time to start thinking about how you are going to celebrate the holiday.

Valentine’s Day isn’t just a day for couples to celebrate their love, but rather Valentine’s Day can be used to celebrate all kinds of love, including love for your kids, and even love for yourself.

If you are planning to celebrate Valentine’s Day, here are some ideas to help you save money no matter who you plan to celebrate with. You don’t have to go out and break the bank just to enjoy this holiday. It’s all about love, but it doesn’t mean it’s all about how much money you put up for a gift. There are plenty of Valentine’s Day gift ideas that don’t cost an arm and a leg.

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For the Kids:

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to show your kids some extra love on Valentine’s Day. When I was a kid my mom did lots of different things over the years to help us celebrate Valentine’s Day.

One year my mom wrote a very heartfelt letter about what made me special and what she loved most about me. I suspect this was actually the idea of my grade school teacher that year as every kid in my class got a letter from their parents, but it obviously meant a lot as the memory still sticks with me today.

If your kids take their lunch to school you could easily make a Valentine’s Day themed lunch for them. Use a cookie cutter to cut their sandwich into the shape of a heart to start with. Then you can stick to red and pink foods for the rest of their lunch. Toss in a red apple, a red jello cup or red applesauce. You can finish it off with a couple of Valentine’s chocolates for a special treat.

Since Valentine’s Day is on a Sunday this year, why not treat your kids to a picnic with the same treats? Show them some love with an easy to create lunch out somewhere in a park or your favorite spot?

Another idea is to serve something special for breakfast on Valentine’s Day. You can bake (or buy) Valentine’s Day muffins or mix up some red pancakes thanks to a little food coloring (Here’s how to do it without food coloring!). As long as you don’t go overboard, this is a pretty inexpensive way to show your kids a little extra love.

For Your Significant Other:

An easy way to show your significant other some love on Valentine’s Day is with a special homemade meal. Going out to eat is costly, especially on Valentine’s Day as some restaurants charge a premium that evening. Some are upwards of $150 just for a simple, 2-course meal. You make the dinner themed with red foods, or you can just stick to making your honey’s favorite foods. There is something to be said when you whip up their favorite dish and serve it to them. Couple that with some hand-picked flowers and simple chocolates and you’re golden!

Instead of buying flowers or chocolates for your significant other, try getting crafty to save money and make the gift really count. You can easily make a chocolate bouquet by buying a few of their favorite candy bars at the grocery store, a terracotta pot, and some sticks from the craft section. Hot glue the candy bars on the sticks and put them a pot of dirt for an easy chocolate bouquet.

Here’s a simple savings tip for those who want to buy flowers. Skip the florist! They charge a premium for flowers on Valentine’s Day. I’ve seen a dozen roses going for nearly $100 in some places. These are just dying flowers. If you want to do this, then head over to your local supermarket. I’ve seen some awesome flowers in my grocery store that last three times as long as ones from the florist, but cost 75% less. No one’s the wiser and who cares where you got them from?

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For Yourself:

Being single on Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to stop you from celebrating. This year I plan to be my own Valentine by taking some time out of my busy work schedule to show myself some love. Some easy, and frugal, ways to love yourself on Valentine’s Day are to give yourself a mani-pedi at home, prepare your favorite meal, watching your favorite movies on Netflix, or spend the evening reading, or take a long bubble bath. None of these things are very expensive, unless your favorite meal is fancy, but they are great ways to take some time to love yourself.

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be a big commercial production that busts your budget. You can easily show a little extra love to your kids, your significant other, or even yourself on Valentine’s Day with these frugal ideas. Remember, this day isn’t about how much money you spend, but the actions you take to show those around you how much you care. If you’re gauging the success of a gift on the price, then you’re doing it wrong!

How to spend less and love more on Valentine's Day

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About the Author Kayla

Kayla is a mid-20s single girl living in the Midwest, USA. She is focused on paying off her consumer and student loans, while simplifying her life and closet. You can join her on her journey at ShoeaholicNoMore or follow her on Twitter.

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James says February 6

Kayla, we celebrate late because of my wife’s birthday. It is on the 16th of February. So after the 14th, everything is almost discounted from the flowers and chocolates. This is just a good time to buy all of those without damaging our budget.

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