Celebrate Valentine’s Day without breaking your budget
Fresh flowers, candy, dining out and gift exchanges makes Valentine’s Day one of the most expensive holidays. According to Hallmark, close to 152 million Valentine cards are sent across the country every year. However, the economic recession took a $20 billion bite out of consumers’ Valentine’s Day budgets. Here are a few ways to celebrate on a budget. Talking about how much you want to spend on Valentine’s Day as a couple will keep expectations reasonable.
The typical greeting card is $5, costing couples $10 on cards alone. Make cards instead of buying them to save a few dollars. Compile a list of your partner’s favorite music and make them a personalized CD.
The price of flowers is usually inflated during Valentine’s Day. Arrange your own bouquet for around $8, or if your partner loves roses, buy a single rose for about $2. Instead of spending time waiting on a table during one of the busiest nights for most restaurants, make dinner at home together. If you choose to go out to eat, research restaurants in your area that offer special menus for the holiday.
Purchase a small meaningful gift such as a book by their favorite author, favorite magazine or CD. Preload a digital picture frame with special photos, or purchase movie or museum tickets. Handmade gifts are also another inexpensive way to show you care. This could include baked goods, a scrapbook or a hand painted coffee mug. Instead of buying each other gifts, start saving for a vacation you have always wanted to take as a couple.
Remember, more often than not, actions and words can convey the message better than a fancy gift or night out. Being creative in your Valentine’s Day plans can not only save money, but it can also give you the chance to really do something that shows your partner how much you care.