With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, some of us might be inclined to go overboard, trying to show the one we love, that we love them.
Wouldn’t it be smarter if we didn’t go into debt doing it?
There are some ‘thrifty’ ways to shower your loved one on Valentine’s Day:
Flowers are flowers. Your local grocery stores, Sams and Costco carry a lovely selection of flowers for a fraction of the price compared to a florist. And, in my experience, those flowers actually last longer than the ones I have received from the florist. A small bouquet, a vase from the dollar store (or use the one from the last occasion you bought flowers), and walla!
Speaking of the dollar store – the balloons there are just $1.00. Yes, even the Mylar balloons – only a buck. For the price of one balloon in Walmart, you can get 5 at the dollar store. You can buy a small stuffed animal and tie to the bottom of the balloons. Our local Kohls store usually have stuffed animals right near the register for $10.00 you can use, and part of the proceeds on those go to a charity!
While you’re at the dollar store, pick up a couple of candles for your romantic dinner in. You can pick up something from the store and make a nice meal at home for a fraction of the cost of eating out. Even if you do take out, or hit the grocery deli, it will be cheaper than eating in a restaurant. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. Isn’t the point of Valentines Day to just spend time together?
A card is a card. Eventually most of them get thrown away. The dollar store has a small selection, you can make your own, or print one off the computer and write something sweet and mushy on it.
And, last but not least, make a Coupon Book for your loved one. Fill it with coupons for a free back rub, you’ll wash her/his car, a picnic lunch, a trip to the zoo, popcorn and a favorite rented movie – anything you can think of.
Spending time with each other to show we care does not have to be expensive! Set a price and stick to it! For more information on how to create a budget, you might be interested in Money for High School Students, Just the Basics Please! For college students, or even The Money Maze for 5th – 8th Grade.
Happy Valentines Day!