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How to Celebrate Valentine's Day on a Budget

Updated on April 18, 2013
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Valentine's Day can be another excuse for stores to get you to spend big money. Come February the commercials start flowing with the jewelry you should buy your special someone and the "deals" on flowers that are available! These commercials are trying to make you believe that you you need to buy your honey something to make them feel special. I want to share with you how I am going to make Valentine's Day special for my honey and family using mostly what we have around the house!

* Decorations *

Use what you already have- My parents and in-laws have given us decorative gifts over the years that I store in a tote each season. When I start to feel Valentine-y, I get out my decorations. This year, I borrowed the red beads that I used to decorate the Christmas tree and used as garland around different fixtures in the house.

Find online resources- I used Pinterest to help me find this LOVE banner (free printable.) If you are not already on Pinterest, I highly recommend setting up an account! Pinterest is a virtual pinboard that allows you to organize and share what you find on the web.

Do-It-Yourself- I hang on to several items that I think I can re-purpose. One of the items I saved was a wine bottle from a family get-together. I grabbed a can of red spray paint and made the wine bottle into a red vase. In the red vase, I added a twig from the back yard and hung hearts on the little branches. If you have kids, you can get them involved in making decorations. My children are helping me cut hearts from construction paper to use for hanging garland and table decorations.

* Food *

I'm planning a menu of heart-shaped and red food to celebrate Valentine's Day using groceries that we already have in the house.

Breakfast- Red heart-shaped pancakes

Lunch- Love notes in lunch boxes for my family

Dinner- Heart-shaped pizza

* Gifts *

Buy a single rose or small bouquet- Instead of spending $40-$50 on a dozen roses, the gas station and small markets offer bouquets for under $5.

Conversation Hearts- Write something you love about your Valentine(s) on several construction paper hearts. Make the hearts into a book or cover a door with them.

Make a slideshow- Search for pictures of your fondest memories together. Add music and text to create a Valentine's special!

Put together a CD/playlist of your love's favorite songs- This one is an oldie but goodie. Show your Valentine how much you pay attention to their interests. They are sure to think of you every time they listen to the music.

Make your own coupon book- Be sure to only offer coupons that you are willing to follow through with. :) You never know when the recipient will cash in their coupon. Children can make coupon books for their parents offering to take care of household tasks they normally don't take care of.

Write a poem for your loved one(s)- A special poem written exclusively for your love is sure to make their heart melt!

* Valentine's Fun *

I've picked a few activities that can be enjoyed as a family or as a couple:

  1. Game night
  2. Movie night
  3. Enjoy a fire outside
  4. Go for a walk
  5. Discuss what we like about each other

Whether we are together as a family or I'm enjoying my husband's company, all that matters on February 14th is that there is a feeling of love in the air!!!

How do you celebrate Valentine's Day?

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Happy Valentine's Day!

All in all, Valentine's Day is just another day to me! My husband knows me well enough now that I will grumble if he comes home with a dozen roses (which I won't be able to keep alive past a week anyways) that cost $60+ and am perfectly happy with a single rose from a gas station (if he feels the need to get me something!)

Even though it is just another day, I do want to show the ones I love that they mean the world to me and make them feel special.....without breaking the bank to do so!!! Happy Valentine's Day! I wish you an amazing day with your loved ones! :)

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      stephanieb27 3 years ago from United States

      Thank you, ForLoveofCupcakes! :)

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      Jamie Jensen 3 years ago from Chicago

      This had some awesome and unique ideas!!! I definitely want to put the paper conversation hearts on the door!! :-)

      Great hub; thanks!

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      stephanieb27 4 years ago from United States

      The pizza was yummy! We first made homemade pizza a few weeks ago. The hearts ended up rectangles and circles but still enjoyable! :) I hope you enjoyed your Valentine's Day, teaches12345!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I like the movie and heart shaped pizza. This would make my Valentine's night.

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      stephanieb27 4 years ago from United States

      That Grrl, I agree! Enjoy your Valentine's Day! :)

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      Laura Brown 4 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

      I don't have a Valentine. But, I still like to get out and do something on that day. Most years I go out for a latte and read a book. I pick whichever coffee shop has the most Valentine decorations up. Often that shop will have a special Valentine coffee and goodies too. I don't really know why people get bitter about the day. Why not enjoy the day instead.

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      stephanieb27 4 years ago from United States

      Thanks, mylindaelliott!! :)

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      mylindaelliott 4 years ago from Louisiana

      Those are some really good ideas. I especially like involving the children.

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      stephanieb27 4 years ago from United States

      Thanks, Careermommy! :)

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      stephanieb27 4 years ago from United States

      Thank you, europewalker!! :)

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      stephanieb27 4 years ago from United States

      Thanks, Mhatter99! :)

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      stephanieb27 4 years ago from United States

      Thanks, Billybuc! I love saving money too! :)

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      europewalker 4 years ago

      Very creative and useful ideas. Voted up:)

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. No money will replace a good imagination.

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      You offer very creative ideas Stephanie. Even though I view Valentine's day as just another day these are still great ideas for creating special memories at any time of the year.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good tips, Stephanie! I love saving money. :)

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      stephanieb27 4 years ago from United States

      Thanks, Monis Mas! Enjoy your night! :)

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      Aga 4 years ago

      Very cool stuff - great ideas! Movie night it is :-)