Keeping Valentine’s Day Sweet on a Budget

pile of pink and red Valentine's day candy

Crazy to believe that the first month of 2019 is already behind us. Now that we are into February, a certain Holiday will be here before we know it. You know which Holiday I am talking about, the always sweet sometimes sour, Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re smitten with the 14th of February or prefer to treat the day as a normal weekday, it will be here next week. If you are celebrating, we found some inexpensive ways you can shower that special person in your life without blowing up your bank account, because let’s be honest we are still dealing with the PTSD of Holiday shopping from December.

Get crafty

Gifts can add up quickly, even if you’re planning on just keeping it small. Something that you could do instead is make a homemade gift to show that you care. We discussed homemade gifts and the hidden costs in our previous post, “Are DIY Gifts Really Saving You Money?” In order to bring the expense of homemade gifts down, we recommend making more than one. This could be a great opportunity if you give your friends, children or co-workers Valentine’s Day gifts since you can use the same supplies to create more than one item.

Go out

We don’t mean going out to dinner at a restaurant, but actually going outside to share some time with your Valentine. Packing a picnic for you and your significant other is a really sweet way to share a meal that will be an experience for both of you and probably out of the ordinary of your normal routine. If cold weather doesn’t permit you from dining outside, set up your picnic on the floor of your living room to recreate the experience.

Sweet treats

Head to the kitchen to make something sweet for your sweetie. Whip up their favorite dessert specifically for them. Not only will it show that you are listening and paying attention to their favorites, the gift is genuine and surely something they would enjoy. They might even share their treats with you. ? If sweets aren’t their thing, opt for a savory snack like spicy pretzels or homemade Chex Mix.

Old school

There is a gift that is very genuine and is sure to be a hit that is free. Seems impossible? It’s not! A handwritten note or letter to your loved one is a sweet sentiment and will be treasured by the receiver. Reminisce on fond memories or simply let you significant other how much they mean to you. The options are endless and it’s almost guaranteed to be a hit!

Potted vs. cut

Flowers are one of the most popular Valentine’s Day gifts, but for anyone that has purchased flowers, know that they can be super pricey. A great way to take part in this trend without forking over major bucks is to invest in a potted plant rather than the traditional cut bouquet. Putting together a potted arrangement yourself or purchase a pre-potted plant at your local nursery. Either way, this is definitely a gift that will keep on giving!

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