My Frugal Valentine: For Valentine’s on a Budget!

Are you looking to show a loved one how much you care? Do you have a strict budget?

If so, you are not alone. The economy might be rebounding ‘by the numbers’, but many of us need to keep our spending in check. This shouldn’t cramp your style when it comes to showing your loved one how much you care, and here are some tips to help you make your valentine spend go a little further.

Flowers

There is no denying that Valentine’s day is all about roses – the good news is that for less than $20 you can grab a dozen roses this year – including these:

  • Walmart: 1 dozen roses for $15.97
  • Target: 1 dozen roses for $16,99 starting Thursday, 2/12
  • Walgreens and Rite Aid: 1 dozen roses for $19.99 at select locations
  • Dollar General: 1 single rose for $2.00
  • Mixed bouquets as low as $4 at the grocery stores

Roses don't have to break the bank!

Roses don’t have to break the bank!

Always remember that if you don’t go for roses, there are some deals to be had with beautiful mixed flower bouquets at your local grocery stores for $10 or less. Ask yourself if the recipient already has a cupboard full of vases – because many do, and that means you won’t have to buy another one! πŸ˜‰

Dinner

The most frugal option – cook at home! Check out our other posts for some Valentine Dinner ideas – including our Jamie Oliver Valentine’s Dinner article!

Back to cooking at home for V-Day – you can cook a fabulous steak dinner for a fraction of the cost of most restaurant options on Valentine’s day, and avoid seating line, rose hawkers and the general rush that is ‘eating out on Valentine’s day’. Most grocery stores will have deals this week on steak + shrimp, and your local liquor store will be running specials on their wines for romance selections! Check out LiquorMax in Loveland – and if you need some advice on wine selection – ask Nick, or one of his very helpful staff!

Cooking a nice meal at home can be just as romantic!

Cooking a nice meal at home can be just as romantic!

If the thought of cooking on Valentine’s day fills you with horror, then at least get a deal on your meal out.

  • consider going out to lunch instead – the same menu items often cost much less
  • there are no hard rules about going out on the 14th – move your date a night or two to save time and hassle
  • enjoy the entree at a restaurant and plan dessert at home to save a little – set the mood with candles + wine while saving a bundle
  • check out daily deal sites like Groupon, Living Social, Twongo and Moolala for vouchers for restaurants – often you’ll find deals at up to 50% off
  • Eatdrinkdeals.com has a list of Valentine’s meal offers for various chain restaurants.
  • Entertainment books: Use a coupon from the Entertainment Book or a coupon book like the Entertainment book of deals for a Buy One Get One Free deals. You can go to the Entertainment Book’s website and actually see a list of all the Colorado + local area restaurants offering coupons in the book. If you don’t have one of these books, ask all your Facebook friends if anyone has a coupon book for your city and the specific restaurant.

Candy

If your sweetie’s sweet tooth is satisfied by Hershey or Russel Stover, or any other off-the-shelf candy, hit up the drug-stores. At this time of year, they all have special deals and you can get a lot of sweet-stuff for your dollars at the drug-stores. Check the ads in your Sunday + Thursday papers for Target, CVS, Walgreens, The Dollar Store etc.

Making chocolates at home for, or with your sweetheart

You can make home-made chocolates either for your valentine or with them!


As an alternative to low-cost store-bought candy, you might consider investing in a candy or chocolate mold, and making some chocolates at home. If you are already a home-chef or keen cook, chances are you will have most of the items you need at home anyway. Check out this ehow.com article on how to make chocolates at home.

For an even easier recipe – check out SavvyHomemade.com’s Homemade Chocolate.

If you decide to make your home-made chocolates with your valentine, do this on valentine’s day as a sweet to eat date!

Cards

While you’re at the dollar or drug-store, the very same stores often have deals on $1 V-day cards. Although we would love you to send a Valentine from WithLoveFromLoveland.com – we know they’re not $1 – although you get MAJOR points for a Valentine from the Sweetheart City! πŸ˜‰

Fun with the Kids

How about some heart shaped pancakes using a cookie cutter? Top them with a slice of fresh strawberry (cut them vertically and they look like hearts) – and a dusting of powdered sugar. For extra points with mom/dad – make them before you partner gets up and serve them in bed!

How about a heart shaped sandwich or cookie? Load up their lunch box with heart shaped foods, even a few hershey’s kisses to brighten their Valentine’s day lunch.

Have your kids make cards for grandparents or parents. Home-made cards are fun to make with the little ones and are such a thoughtful gift. If making a card from scratch seems like a lot of work, grab an affordable store-bought card and brighten it up with some stickers + crafts.

Buy Christmas Kisses and discard (eat) the ones which are NOT red - save the red ones for Valentines day on a budget

Buy Christmas Kisses and discard (eat) the ones which are NOT red – save the red ones for Valentines day on a budget!


Planning for Valentine’s Day next year

After Valentine’s day, you can grab some clearance cards, paper-crafts and red + pink decorations for pennies on the dollar, store them for next year – they won’t go off and hearts are hearts – they don’t look dated a year later.

After Christmas, you can often find the red decorations, candies and such which can be bought up cheaply – candy won’t go stale in the few weeks between Christmas and Valentine’s day which is only a few short weeks later. If you can snag the red and green Hershey’s kisses, save the red ones and snack on the green πŸ˜‰

Buy solid red paper cups and plates on Christmas clearance – they re-purpose well if they don’t have christmas borders on them (hence the solid red).