Spend Less on Valentine’s Day: Part 1

Valentine’s Day is most certainly a commercial holiday that prompts consumers to spend excessive amounts on the ones they love. A lot of people care about it simply because it’s another “holiday” to be pampered and gifted things. If you’re trying to find ways to spend less on Valentine’s Day, you’ve come to the right place. You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg on Valentine’s Day to show your loved ones how much you care and trying to spend less on Valentine’s Day might allow you to spread that money around in other more important areas of your life. All you need is some creativity and thriftiness to create a memorable Valentine’s Day for you and the one you love most.

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Make the Day Special For Cheap

·         Stay In For The Night And Make Dinner For Your Other Half.

It’s no big surprise that the people turn out in droves when a holiday is in full swing, especially Valentine’s Day. Everyone wants to be out showing off home much they love their husbands or wives. There’s really no reason to go out for a meal when you can make one at home that means so much more. Taking the time out to prepare a meal at home for your significant other will make them feel really special with no questions or doubt. Spend time putting together a good menu with a few courses if you want: even make their favorite meal! Set the intention and atmosphere with candles, a nice table setting and good music. After meal, you can follow it up with a nice movie or drinks by the fireplace. You won’t believe how important and meaningful this nice in together could be. If you’re not much of a cook, you can find apps that walk you through the entire cooking process. You could always spring to hire out help to cook, but you’ll definitely spend a lot of money going this route. Staying in will keep you away from the crowds while also keeping a few extra bucks in your wallet.

·         If You Have To Go Out For Dinner, Get The Best Deal!

If you want to try your luck at getting out for dinner and you still want to spend less on Valentine’s Day, you should see what deals are available on Groupon, LivingSocial or other dining deal sites. Sometimes, you can save as much as half off your entire meal. There could be a downside with this though if the restaurant has blackout days that are blocked off. Valentine’s Day might be one of those days and it wouldn’t do you any good to buy a voucher if it’s not a restaurant you frequent regularly. Make sure you read the terms and conditions completely before purchasing! You’ll also want to make sure you book reservations as early in advance as possible. You might want to plan an activity that has you close to the restaurant before you’re set to dine so you can walk or get over to the restaurant without worrying about traffic. It should be easy to spend less on Valentine’s Day.

Let That Creativity Flow

·         Make A Special Gift At Home To Give.

Handmade gifts are so touching and heartfelt and unless you’ve got a very materialistic partner, it will always be appreciated. A handmade gift could be anything from a scrapbook to a dessert you prepared yourself. Think hard about what your partner likes and would appreciate. This should give you a ton of ideas to work with. Sites like Pinterest are chock full of sweet, inexpensive gift ideas. A “Book of Affections” that details sweet little things you can do for your significant might be a good idea that keeps the spark alive. Trying to spend less on Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be a pain.

·         Get Some Things Done Around The House For Your Lover!

Has your wife been hinting at a kitchen remodel for a year or so now? Are you tired of looking at the basement in its unfinished state? Why not get some home improvement projects done around the house as a Valentine’s Day gift to your lover? They’ll certainly appreciate the effort and you’ll both be happy to see your house in a better state: let’s not even mention the value of your home increasing. Even if you’re just going to paint a room or replace some tiles yourself, it will mean a whole lot.

·         Have A Movie Or Game Night.

Nothing is better than cuddling up with the one that you love to play a fun, sexy game or watch a good movie. The only thing that could enhance the experience even more is some cute themed snacks that get you in a loving mood. Anything with chocolate is a good idea and cookies aren’t ever a bad idea. You might find some good ideas with a quick Google search.

·         Go Out For A Cheap Date.

Hitting up an arcade or taking a walk through the park to a picnic is simple and sweet enough to be effective. Going on a hike to watch the sunset is another good idea they’ll love. It won’t cost you much and you’ll get to spend valuable time together that’s really what defines Valentine’s Day.