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How to Celebrate Valentine's Day on a Budget
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:
- Game night
- Movie night
- Enjoy a fire outside
- Go for a walk
- 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?
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! :)