It’s the time of year for pink balloons, red roses, French restaurants and chocolates. Sounds expensive, right? Think again. Here are a few tips to keep Valentine’s Day in your price range.
Set a budget.
It’s a good start to put a price on it. Limit your spending to $20 – or even less. Get creative! Frame a picture, hand make a card or bake a cake.
How about Costco surf and turf? Dim the lights, light a candle and put the kids to bed. Plus, you won’t need to pay an expensive babysitter. You can have a nice dinner at home without denting the pocketbook.
Smell the roses.
How about flowers from your garden or a friend’s? The sentiment is there and the smell is still in the air.
Make a homemade dessert. Even a boxed cake can be romantic with a heart-shaped stencil on top. Your sweetheart will appreciate the thought and you’ll appreciate the $3 price tag.
Only you know your Valentine, that’s why thoughtful gifts always reign supreme. She may prefer her favorite childhood candy or a trip to the ice cream parlor to a giant box of fancy chocolates. He may prefer a bag of Cheetos and a six-pack of premium beer. Let each other know that you remember! Add a bow and a note and you’ll score major points.
The Valentine’s Day Fund.
Start a savings account with some seed money and schedule regular contributions to celebrate your love in another way. You may save enough for a weekend getaway or a dinner at your favorite spot.
Remember that the holiday isn’t about spending money – it’s about being with the people you love. You can still be the romantic at heart and the mastermind of your budget.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
by Kristin, Vice President, Marketing