Here's a question for you - how much do you typically spend on Valentine's Day? There are the flowers (cha-ching), chocolates (cha-ching), and of course a special Valentine's Day gift given during a romantic dinner for two (cha-ching, cha-ching, cha-ching)! It all adds up until soon the only thing coming out of your wallet are flies. But Valentine's Day shouldn't be about how much money you spend to show how much you love someone. You don't have to break your bank account just so you don't break your partner's heart - with a little imagination and ingenuity you can create the perfect Valentine's Day without going into debt.
Don't Give into Hallmark, Make Your Own Card
Everyone knows Hallmark has cornered the market in Valentine's Day cards, but you don't need to give in into the card-making machine. Go back to your grade school roots, take out the construction paper and markers, and make your own card. It will be a lot more meaningful, and so much more loved.
Small Gifts of Affection Go a Long Way
You cannot place a dollar amount on love, but a gift on Valentine's Day shouldn't cost everything in your savings account. Whether looking for the perfect Valentine's Day gift for men or for women, you can find something inexpensive that still delivers the same emotional punch. And didn't you know, personalized jewelry is the best Valentine's Day gift to give!
Putting Together the Pieces of Your Love
Any arts and crafts store will have blank puzzles that you can put anything on. Create a collage of your favorite photos and spend some time with each other putting it together. As the pieces come together, you will see how the two of you are puzzle pieces that fit!
Become a Five Star Chef for One Night Only
Rather than spend tons of money on dinner for two, cook dinner at home. You can cook on your own or you can make it a team effort. A dinner cooked at home will mean a lot more, because it is cooked with love!
Game Night is Always a Fun Night
Break out the wine, your favorite board game, and make a night of it. Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit, or even Pictionary can be tons of fun. Invite other budget-conscious friends over, have them bring a snack, and make a fun couples' night out of it!
Who Needs the Movies when You Have Netflix
When you add up two tickets for a movie, plus the snacks (because you gotta' have snacks), it becomes quite costly! Find a great movie or have a mini marathon of your favorite television show at home! And couches are so much more comfy than movie seats anyway!
Serve Up Breakfast...In Bed
We cannot say enough about how much we love breakfast in bed, and we think your partner will definitely love it too!
A Night Under the Stars
A bottle of wine, dessert, a blanket, and a clear sky are all you need to enjoy a beautiful night under the stars. And if you can't get outside, buy those fun glow-in-the-dark stars and create your own midnight sky!