Preparing to Celebrate Saint Frugaltine’s Day

You remember Saint Frugaltine, don’t you? Patron saint of those who wish to save money while remaining romantic? Well, Saint Frugaltine’s day is coming up soon and those of us who wish to celebrate have some planning to do.

Now if you’re one of those people who don’t celebrate, who think it’s all part of a grand conspiracy to get you to spend more money, let me ask you this: if how much you spend (if anything at all) is up to you, what’s so wrong with celebrating love on just one day a year? It doesn’t even have to be romantic love (singles, I’m looking at you!), it can be family love, friend love, pet love, hobby love or whatever kind of love you value in your life. If you do nothing else for Saint Frugaltine’s day, at least spend a moment of gratitude for the love that you have. You’ll instantly feel richer.

Preparing to Celebrate Saint Frugaltine's Day

If you want to celebrate, let’s look at some of the ways you can remain true to your budget while displaying your passion for your love.

Dinner

With your Valentine
If you’ve ever gone out to a nice restaurant for Valentine’s day, you know it’s often overpriced, crowded, and the food and service are lackluster because of the volume of people being served.
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With your Frugaltine
Cooking at home always saves you money over going out, but sometimes it doesn’t feel so special. Make it exceptional by cooking something new and different (try these Short Ribs with Red Wine, they’re delicious), something with high quality ingredients (surf-and-turf at home is still a lot less expensive than dining out), or something you learn to cook together. Serve it on your best china or dinnerware. Light a candle, play some music, dress up if you want. And don’t forget dessert!

Entertainment

For your Valentine
Taking your loved one to a concert or live show can drain your wallet fast. Even movie ticket prices have risen, and then you add in overpriced refreshments.
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For your Frugaltine
Do something sentimental with your frugaltine. Re-watch the first movie you ever watched together or try a classic romance. Go ice skating together. Create a memory book where the two of you write down the special stories of your relationship. Have a picnic (indoors or outdoors, depending on your weather), take a dance class, try some karaoke, or head to a museum. Or for something more sensual, get a bottle of massage oil, look up some massage tips, and take turns showing off your skills.

Flowers

For your Valentine
The cost of roses in early February absolutely skyrockets. And isn’t that what everyone gets?
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For your Frugaltine
If you insist on ordering roses, you can do so from a discount provider (such as ProFlowers or your local supermarket floral department). Anyone can order roses. But do you know her (or his) favorite types of flowers? Or even just their favorite color? A bouquet that is customized to their likes makes more of an impression than generic roses, and will likely be less expensive as well. Not sure what they like? Then stick to what’s in season (and usually cheaper) such as alstroemeria, carnations, chrysanthemums, or tulips. Better yet, if you hate to spend money on cut flowers that will wilt within a week or two, consider buying a flowering plant. Potted orchids look quite exotic and can be easy to care for. Potted miniature roses are charming and offer a nod to tradition without being expensive.

Cards

For your Valentine
Look through the same old tired greeting cards, and spend up to $7 😯 for a fancy one, or a $1 for one from the limited selection at the dollar store.
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For your Frugaltine
Have a computer and printer? Then use them to create your own special, custom card. Search for images and fonts on the internet, then put them together with your own heartfelt words. You can even invest in card stock to print out your message, but it’s not necessary. If you don’t have technology to help you along, go old school. Hand write a love letter or poem that your loved one will treasure.

Jewelry

For your Valentine
If you’re going to pop the big question, that jewelry conversation is a whole other post. But other blingy gifts have a huge markup too, regardless of how close you are to the holiday.
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For your Frugaltine
Diamonds aren’t the only game in town. And the ones sitting in most of those heart-shaped pendants aren’t of a quality worth splurging on.  First, ask yourself what your loved one wears most of the time…if they’re into fancy jewelry, then consider what other gemstones and metals they enjoy. If they’re more casual, then consider something with more sentimental value than, well, “made up by demand” value. Charms that remind you of when you met, or something artsy from Etsy (either vintage or hand-crafted) that doesn’t look like everyone else’s gift. Or try something both beautiful and functional, like a watch.

Chocolates and Other Edibles

For your Valentine
A heart-shaped box of chocolates is a classic gift, but so much of the cost goes to the packaging, which only gets tossed in the trash. And expensive brand name chocolates are just so…expensive.
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For your Frugaltine
Do it yourself treats, or do it together treats, are less expensive, often better for you, and come from the heart. It’s not as difficult as you think. Or go the simple route and melt some chocolate to dip fruits, cookies, and other treats.

Other Gifts

For your Valentine
Other common Valentine’s gifts include perfume or cologne, scented candles, lingerie, books, stuffed animals and other knick-knacks, and cute accessories (like socks with hearts).
For your Frugaltine
If you decide a gift is absolutely necessary, for the love of Saint Frugaltine, make it something they can use. Stuffed animals are for dedicated collectors and children. If they have 20 scented candles, they probably don’t need any more. If they’re not the type to wear fun socks, find something else. A nice framed picture of the two of you makes a nice gift, as do books and music. But don’t go overboard.

However you decide to celebrate (or not), just be sure to tell your Frugaltine how much they mean to you. The people in our lives deserve to know how much we love them, and we should take every opportunity to do that, no matter how silly the holiday.

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4 Comments

  1. Jayson @ Monster Piggy Bank

    Yea Gary! I am excited to celebrate Frugaltine’s day. However, I haven’t gotten a solid and frugal plan yet. I am considering now DYI gifts and looking for a good recipe I can cook at home. This celebration shouldn’t be extravagant but just simple yet meaningful.

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