|Across the county, wallets everywhere are weeping.|
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Here it is, that special time of year when you can’t turn on the TV without a massive guilt-trip and a plea to buy shiny little chunks of stone that will set you back about a week’s salary. Oh, yes, it’s Valentine’s Day.
I know, I know. It’s a made-up Hallmark holiday designed to sell cards, flowers, cutesy stuffed animals, and jewelry, blah, blah, blah. I’m not going to get involved in that argument, and I’m not going to write a dissertation on the origins of Valentine’s Day. Let’s just leave it at this – it’s part of our cultural, you’ve been hearing about practically since Christmas, and really, what’s wrong with taking a day to shower your loved one with (more than your usual) love and affection? I can get behind that.
The thing is, there’s a lot of pressure to spend a small fortune just to let someone you know you care. Not necessary. Gavin and I brainstormed a few ideas for cheap ways to celebrate each other (not the day, each other), and we thought we’d share a few of those with you:
- What about jewelry? Okay, I’m just not even going to go there. Forget the jewelry. Let’s be realistic, please.
- Cards are nice, but spending $5 on a piece of paper with a sweet little sentiment on it seems an easy way out, but really, you could do plenty more with that five bucks.
So what should we do?
- Fix a nice meal for your sweetie. It doesn’t have to be fancy or involve tenderloin. Try out our chicken and potatoes recipe for a meal that looks pretty and tastes great but doesn’t cost a fortune. Light candles, use the “nice” dishes, tablecloth and napkins.
- Plan an inexpensive date night. If you have kids, put in a movie and pop some popcorn after they go to bed. Let that old “Valentine’s Day Magic” do its thing.
- Pick a day after Valentine’s Day. All the prices will have gone back down and you stand a chance of getting a good deal if you are able to splurge a little on a night out.
- Take some time during the day (if you are both lucky enough to have it off) and just go for a walk in a nice location, if the weather permits.
- Set a small budget for each of you (maybe $5) and get each other a surprise. Cards are off-limits! Be creative.
What inexpensive ways do you find to spoil your sweetie during February?