Love is in the air…or, is that the smell of yet another commercial holiday? I don’t mean to sound cynical; however, Valentine’s Day can be a very expensive “holiday” if you are guided at all by the commercials we see. Dinners are incredibly over-priced on February 14, or the entire weekend if it falls on a weekend. Flowers are ridiculously priced. (By the way, yes, I did instruct my husband NOT to buy me flowers for Valentine’s this year). Cards, candy, anything pink or red (it seems) are all marked up! However, I don’t believe you have to boycott Valentine’s day in order to save your money. I know that I am among many Thrifty Divas when I say that you can have your cake and eat it too!
Speaking of Cake
Who says that the chocolate we enjoy for Valentine’s day has to be store bought? Baked goods are always a hit. Cookies, muffins, cupcakes or cake! My husband loves chocolate even more than I do! Hard to believe but it’s true! In any case, last year for Valentine’s day, I found a great chocolate-lovers cake recipe and made it for him for Valentine’s Day. It was such a hit that it became the recipe I used for my daughter’s birthday cake (per hubby’s request) 😉
Besides cake, you can always make chocolate candy at home too! And, at a FRACTION of the price! Plus, I always think that with what we make at home, you don’t have any of the additives and preservatives that we get with store bought sweets.
Who Needs Hallmark?
Make your own card at home! It’s so easy to do, and it’s so much more personal and fun than picking out a card that someone else wrote to express your love to the love of your life! If you have children, include them in the process. There are lots of websites to assist you and your children with templates to make it easy and fun. Here’s one site with a few examples of cute homemade cards. Now that my daughter is old enough to enjoy crafts, she will be making Valentine’s cards for daddy and her baby brother this year too!
A Romantic Meal
There is no substituting for the convenience of eating out. However, often eating out on a “holiday” is not only expensive but takes more time because of everyone else getting in line to pay for that convenience 😉 To me, what constitutes a special meal is not simply what’s offered on a menu but what the people eating want to eat. There are a lot of meals that my husband may call his favorites. However, few rank as high as either steak or fried chicken. Yep, he’s a southern man who loves his fried chicken! Any meal can be turned into a special one when you start with the menu of your choice and perhaps light a candle or two.
What else do you do to enjoy Valentine’s without spending so much money?
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