I definitely love being in love! I am so fortunate that I have found true love on my second time around when I met and fell for Suzanne, my beautiful wife, back in 2005! Not only is she all that and a bag of chips (am I dating myself with that phrase?), but we share a mindset about personal finances and that crosses off the list any arguments we might have about money. That is a problem that many couples endure and it can really damage a relationship.
Having said that, we both enjoy celebrating Valentine’s Day each year but we do it on our own terms. So it’s kind of a challenge to come up with some new ways to have fun, share our love, and still remain fiscally solvent. Here’s a not so short list of money saving ideas that can make your Valentine’s a “St. Frugaltine’s Day” of fun and frolic!
Valentine’s Day Ideas with and for Your Honey
Mail your pre-addressed and stamped valentines to Loveland, Colorado and they will postmark them and mail them for you. Send them to: Postmaster, Valentine Re-mailing, 446 East 29th Street, Loveland, CO 80538. Make sure it gets there by February 7, 2018 to insure it gets back to your valentine on time. It’s just the cost of 2 stamps!
2. Make a treasure hunt for your spouse
Start by mailing or emailing the first clue. Then leave clues all over the house, yard, car or the office telling where to find the next clue. End the hunt by making a picnic in the backyard or going to a park or just relaxing in front of the fireplace if it’s too cold where you live. Use your imagination and have fun. The simple things are the ones people remember.
3. Go to a bookstore together
Enjoy the relative quiet and just browse. They won’t rush you out the door and you can get a cup of coffee and make a date of it.
4. Celebrate Valentine’s Day before or after the date
Everything is cheaper, even as much as half off those jacked up prices, less crowded, and better service too!
5. Mail a love letter
Send an old-fashioned love letter to your loved one at their work address for a surprise.
6. Send a special email or text
Send your spouse a secret sexy private email or text message. Just make sure you’ve got the right recipient!
7. Leave “Why I love you” messages all over the house
Buy a package of cheap valentines (from the dollar store works just fine). Leave a message on each one and hide them all over the house for your honey. They will get to enjoy the gift for months as they keep on finding them!
8. Use lipstick to make hearts and love notes
Leave them on the rear view mirror, car windows, bathroom mirror, or windows of the house. Leave a kiss print on his or her napkin for lunch or dinner.
9. Make a bunch of hearts out of construction paper
Put a love note on each one. Paste them all over the front door or car before your wife, hubby, or kids come home from work or school.
10. Have a picnic on the floor
Use some candles and lay a soft blanket on the floor. Put on some soft music and have a romantic dinner. Use some white Christmas lights for additional romantic lighting!
11. Use coupons
Take advantage of 2-for-1 dinners. They’re in the newspapers and all over the net. Spend time with each other instead of buying gifts.
12. Take advantage of winter travel rates
Use travel discounts and maybe do a weekend away if it’s in your budget. It’s not free but it’s worth making a memory. We use our “comps” for a night at the Borgata in Atlantic City and stick to the penny slots.
13. Cook and bake it yourself
Or cook together for a fun experience. You can even splurge on a steak and lobster dinner finished with some heart shaped treats for dessert!
14. Buy flowers on the cheap
Find great floral deals at Costco, Trader Joe’s or Aldi (these stores really do have some of the best deals on flowers). Or look at your local supermarket to beat the florist’s prices.
15. Buy the day after
Buy your Valentine’s Day merchandise after February 14th and celebrate on the weekend. It pays to wait when the price is crushed!
16. Watch a romantic movie at home
Instead of going out to the movies, watch a classic at home. We also try and catch a “Love Boat” or “Love American Style” marathon too. You probably already pay for Netflix and/or cable so you might as well use it.
17. Do it yourself
Create it all from DIY cards to DIY gifts. You can certainly save money when you are being creative! Remember those “mix tapes” with all of your favorite tunes from back in the day? Besides, that’s stuff that really comes from the heart!
18. Just tell someone what they mean to you
Love doesn’t mean you have to buy someone something. Just say, “Happy Valentine’s Day” and speak from the heart about how you feel. It’s short and sweet and straight to the point!! And by the way, you can say “I love you” every day too for free!
It’s not a bad thing to enjoy a fun holiday but it doesn’t have to mean going crazy spending your hard earned money. Planning now will make it a great event and if there are kids involved even more fun and love for you and your family too!
So what will you do for St. Frugaltine’s Day 2018? Do you spend to the hilt or are you planning a real live, honest to goodness, fun lovefest that doesn’t involve breaking the bank?
Related posts from St. Frugaltine’s Days past
Celebrating St. Frugaltine’s Day Without Spending a Fortune
Avoid Spending a Fortune on St. Frugaltine’s Day
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