Are you looking for clever ways to save on Valentine’s Day? How can you make it a special day without blowing your budget?
I have a range of quick and simple ideas for Valentine’s Day which won’t cost the earth. With these tips, you can enjoy this special day with peace of mind.
Flowers is a great all time favorite way to express your affection. Although the traditional pink and red roses are everyone’s favorites, why not consider other affordable options like red carnations?
Buy flowers from grocery stores. According to this article, Trader Joe’s bouquets start from only $3.99
Use the free flower food that usually comes with most supermarket flowers to make them last longer.
Skip buying low quality flowers from the van down the road.
Avoid buying flowers online. In this way, you save on delivery cost. In addition, the flowers may not be kept fresh and cool during delivery.
Consider getting a single rose with a card that has a meaningful message – it makes all the difference.
#2. Homemade Gifts
Get creative. Gifts need not be elaborate or costly.
Craft your own custom homemade gifts like cards. These not only show how much you care as you spend your time making them, but save money too.
#3. Eating Out
Go out for breakfast, lunch or drinks, but not dinner. These alternatives are far more affordable. What makes it special is that you spend quality time together. It strengthens your relationship too when your other half understands your goal of improving your finances and is willing to help you achieve this.
#4. Postpone it
Another great way to save is to agree with your Valentine to celebrate that day later, say within a week. Valentine’s Day products can cost up to 95% less if they’re bought after that special day.
#5. Meals in
Choose to dine-in, but make a special meal. Why not prepare a meal together? It’ll taste extra special. A simple meal can cost you less than $20.
#6. Ice cream
If both of you love ice cream, why not celebrate this day by eating different types of ice cream? Make this evening fun, relaxed and enjoyable.
#7. Change your meal location
Eat in a different spot of the house. For example, if it’s warm enough, you can dine on the balcony or patio, instead of at the normal location.
If you can’t do without wine, choose Prosecco instead of Champagne. You can’t really tell the difference and what’s more you can get it at a fraction of the cost.
Consider all your options. Do some research. If it’s cheaper to buy locally for great value, go for it. Ensure it’s certified if that is what you prefer.
Would you consider costume jewellery? They’re just as beautiful, if not cost-effective.
I have received jewellery as gifts in the past, but they are usually locked away for safety.
Frankly, I’m not interested in jewellery (to Mr MMT’s delight).
Watch Netflix movies from home instead of going to the theatre or concerts. Get your popcorn ready.
Another great idea is to visit art galleries if you’re a culture fan. They often offer free admission.
Can you sing or play an instrument? Compose a little tune. Sing or play it. You can record it or perform it live.
Give your loved one your personal vouchers. For example, you can offer to give a 15 minute massage once a week for 4 weeks as a Valentine gift.
#12. Celebrate with a theme
Have a ‘chocolate-theme’ evening if both of you love chocolates. Bake a chocolate cake, enjoy mugs of hot chocolate milk, chocolate cookies and so on.
Go for a nature walk and have a stargazing evening. If Winter is still around, bring hot flasks of hot chocolate along to enjoy and keep warm.
#14. Ice skating
Consider ice skating. It can be such a magical experience and it’s doesn’t cost the earth.
Fill your room with pink balloons and pink cushions.
Turn on your favorite music, dim the lights and have a slow dance together.
Play board games or card games to have a quiet evening.
#18. Express your love
Why not consider Why I love you: A Journal Of Us ? A meaningful and thoughtful gift that is priceless.
#19. Everyday Habit
Valentine’s day need not be a one-day celebration. Start writing little notes of appreciation on post it notes for the next 2 weeks to each other. For example, a simple note that says ‘You’re special’ is meaningful.
I hope these last minute Valentine’s Day Ideas will inspire you to celebrate this special day with meaning and joy, while keeping your pocket intact.
Here’s wishing all of you readers HAPPY VALENTINE”S DAY!
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