If you are still working on paying down credit cards from the holidays, then a more modest Valentine’s Day may be just what you need. A recent article from MSNBC reported that many of us end up spending anywhere from $180 to $420 on gifts for a loved one on Valentine’s Day.
The first year I was married we had no $ but I was teaching part time for an internship so the kids at school helped me cut out a ton of diff shapes/colors of hearts and I made a grid with ribbon and hung a million of them all over the house. I used clipart and small phrases and made about 40 little notes and put them in random places all over the house before he got home. They were everywhere--in fridge drawers, sock drawers, bathroom cabinets, the shower, the garage, and he was finding so of them weeks later. Super cheesy, but he knows I think he's special, right!?!
When we are low on cash, we will eat something at home and then go out and get just dessert--that way we still get to go on "a date" but we don't break the bank--most restaurants are fine with that as long as you tip decent despite the small purchase!
we usually go out to dinner
Our family Valentined was one. We traced all of our left hands, Hubby's, mine, oldest son, then youngest son. Cut them out of that cute foam rubber, glued them over each other, framed it and hung it the wall.
It's from all of us to all of us and was a family time together.
Holidays do not have to be costly. They are meant for memories.
Valentines is about the only time I get flowers from my husband. He is so great about it too. I wish I could get him to buy cheaper flowers though, a dozen roses is over the top on Valentine's day. I pretty much agree that you don't need to spend alot to show people you love them. we made our valentines this year
You do not have to spend much to show your loved one that you care.Just being able to spend time together without discussing bills or work is always good.Even just sitting cuddled up on the couch watching a favorite tv show can be pretty romantic.
My hubby wrote me a poem and gave me a rose...That was just fine with me! I got him a box of chocolates and a card and made him dinner!
It's the thought that counts. Just a nice card or a box of chocolates will be enough. You don't need to break the bank to show someone your love, you will be saving alot of money in the long run!
My husband is allowing me to sleep late in the morning while he watches the kids and cooks breakfast for everyone. He's an ANGEL!!
I'll be spending extra quality time with him after the kids get to bed. A Long hot bubble bath with massage oil.
We won't be spending a dime.
I buy a card for my husband and his favorite candy (which he will not eat until after Lent is over) and I usually get the same from him. I can't see going out on Valentine's Day when the same meal you get any other day is half the price they will charge on Feb 14th.
A handmade card is plenty for my hubby. He still talks about the one I made last year ;-) No need for expensive gift to impress hem...
instead of buying the usual valentines cards at the store for the school parties, we print out our own and this way they are unique and something we do together but as far as gifts, hubby and i buy small little gifts for the kids all for under 20$ and then we rent a movie to watch for the whole family and eat the cookies made earlier @-}----
We sometimes go out and eat, but service can be a problem on this busy day. I'd rather stay home or go out on a different day if we're going to spend the money on a nice meal. Or I cook in w/ crab legs and prime rib. Not sure of this year as my husband is teaching his night class on VDay. We don't normally get expensive gifts. A nice meal is plenty for us.
We always go out to eat and share cards within the family
I believe in saving as much as I can. I also believe in teaching my grands about saving and how to make things that are inexpensive because it means a lot to others that you are willing to take time and patience to make something that they can use, read and enjoy.
This is my first Valentine's Day married. Everyday is Valentines day for us. haha.