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. Walmart, Sam’s or United carry a lovely selection of flowers for a fraction of the cost 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. Kohls usually have stuffed animals right near the register for $5.00 you can use, and part of the proceeds on those go to a charity anyway!
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 United deli, it will be cheaper than eating in a restaurant. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. Isn’t the point of Valentine’s 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.
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.
Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!