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Lauren Chapman
Lauren Chapman
Jan 15, 2010


Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love with your other half. Here are some money saving ideas that will show your valentine how much you care without breaking the bank.

Make your own card: Personalize a card by making it yourself. Get some construction paper, scissors, and glue. No need to fret if your aren’t the crafty one in the relationship, your sweetheart will see how much you care just by trying. Write down something sentimental and your loved one will find it very thoughtful.


Make a Mixed CD: Sure it seems a little bit corny, but who doesn’t love music? Include songs that correspond with your feelings and bring back memories of the two of you. You can even get creative and make your own CD cover…it can be as simple as placing a picture of you two as the cover.

mixed cd

Make coupons for your valentine: You can make coupons to do favors for your sweetheart. You can create home-made coupons to “do the dishes”, “back massage”, “night out on the town”. Things that are important to your other half.


Create a Scrapbook: Make a photo album full of pictures of the two of you. This will be very meaningful for your other half and show how much your cherish your relationship with them. You can buy a scrap booking kit from a craft store or Wal-Mart. If you are by chance in a new relationship and haven’t had a chance to have that many pictures together, framing one will do the same trick.


Dine at Home: Cook your loved one’s favorite dish & dessert. This will definitely save a good chunk of change. You can get expensive ingredients, such as steak & lobster but for less than the cost of eating-out. Besides, this will make your dinner on a more personal level and in my opinion, more enjoyable.


Remember, Valentine’s Day is about giving your heart, not your wallet!

Do you have any economical ideas for Valentine’s Day?

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5 Responses to “Valentine’s Day on a Budget”

  1. This is a great article to help us live below our means while enjoying a wonderful day!

    You could also take a romantic walk (weather permitting) and share memories of when you first met, or read a poem under the moonlight.

    If you must go out, just be sure to do it at least a week before/after Valentine’s Day to avoid inflated charges. Also avoid anything with the word “Valentine’s” in it (same holds for frugal weddings), as you will end up paying more.

  2. That’s a great idea- Thanks for commenting!

  3. Thanks Lauren! Now I just have to be sure I actually do these things with my wife on Valentine’s Day. ;-)

  4. Yeah no one show this to my girlfriend, I don’t want the bar to be set so high, lol. But in all seriousness, we take turns every Valentine’s as far as planning go. We usually exchange a sentimental gift and make dinner at home. It’s my turn this year so this post definitely helped me out a bunch, now I just got to do it.

  5. Good luck guys- :)

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