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Valentine’s Day is about love — not about how much money you have in your wallet. With a little planning, it’s easy to find a way to say, “I love you,” for free! Here are some inexpensive Valentine’s Day activities that will help you avoid that unnecessary financial strain.
1. Go on a free date. A romantic evening out doesn’t have to cost you a ton. Try going on a picnic under the stars. Make some sandwiches, get a bag of chips, a couple of apples, and check out a book about stars from the local library. The element of surprise provides enough love and romance to show one another that you care. Plus, who wants to sit and wait for an hour or two for dinner reservations? And who wants to spend $100 for dinner?
2. Give back. I would suggest planning this out with your significant other prior to Valentine’s Day. Instead of gifts to each other, spend the day showing and expressing your caring attributes by volunteering for a charity that holds a special place in your heart. There is nothing more fulfilling than giving time and money to something charitable. This shows unselfishness and, if you ask me, is pretty darn attractive! How do you end the night? PJs, popcorn, and a movie!
3. Do something fun with the whole family. Because I have kids, my husband and I like to include them in our dates, which means date night for us means family night. You can start off the day by baking some heart-shaped cookies or pink cupcakes. Take the family to the park or even to the mall to ride the carousel! When it’s time to dine, create a Valentine’s-themed dinner: red spaghetti & meatballs, heart-shape fruit, and of course that dessert you fixed earlier in the day.
4. Make plans. Go for a walk and take a notebook with you. Sit down with your partner and write some plans and goals that you want to achieve. (It’s OK to dream big!) This would be a great time to think of your next vacation, your next child, your next house and more.
5. Set a gift spending limit. This is fun! Come up with a meaningful number under $10. For instance, my husband and I have our anniversary on July 31 (7/31), so we could create a $7.31 shopping budget for each other. Create a budget where you have to spend that exact dollar amount and nothing more or less on each other’s gifts. No cheating!
There are many ideas on how you can celebrate the holidays without creating too much stress on each other. You also don’t have to wait until Valentine’s Day to let your partner know you love him or her. Enjoy the holiday without overspending and over-stressing!
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