Valentine’s Day is tomorrow! Now, I’m going to be very honest with you. My husband and I just had a conversation about not having enough time to figure out what we are going to get/do for each other. So, we decided to put off “celebrating” until the weekend. We tend to not go out to eat on Valentine’s weekend–because it’s crowded and expensive. However, we do like to do simple, inexpensive but special things for each other.
Apparently, we are not alone. Valentine’s day doesn’t have to be expensive and below is a list of a few companies that want to help you keep your costs down by offering freebies, discounts and all-around great deals. So, check out the deals you can get in honor of Valentine’s Day tomorrow!
Free one-day shipping on jewelry purchase for Valentine’s Day.
Barnes & Noble
Coupon for $10 off a $40 purchase of Godiva Chocolates through Friday.
Free dessert with individual meal purchase on Friday.
Free dessert with entree purchase through Thursday.
Get a pair of free love songs valued at $2.58 on Amazon.com with any Fandango movie ticket purchase through Feb. 18.
One dozen free Valentine’s Day cards good for free doughnuts with purchase of a dozen through Friday.
A $5 off coupon through Thursday; $4 off lunch through March 2; Also Steak Menu for 2 includes appetizer, two entrees and a dessert through Sunday.
Two can dine for $9.99 with a coupon on Friday.
ProFlowers.com via eBay.com
One dozen long-stemmed roses in cherry vase with chocolates delivered for $57.99.
Rent an un-Valentine’s Day movie and get a free game rental.
Buy a latte and get a free one for your sweetheart on Friday.
Free box of truffles with $75 purchase through Friday.
What are your Valentine’s Day plans? And, how will you keep your costs down?
You would think that being single I would be more frugal than a couple on Valentine’s Day. You would, however, be sadly mistaken. I was one of those women that was would make up for my lack of a significant other by buying myself chocolates, flowers, and going to the movies. Preferably to a movie that mocked love and all that romantic mumbo jumbo.
Looking back I cringe at how much money I could have saved just by being more secure. I’m not saying that treating myself was wrong. I just could have treated myself to less than one hundred dollars worth of stuff in the month of February alone. Luckily I found a better way of dealing with the Valentine blues that were putting me in the red.
Invest In The Future
I started my quest to not emotionally spend by putting the money aside for other things. Things that would improve my life rather than send me on an eating binge of self doubt. I would still spend money, but instead I spent money to get myself out of debt, pay off a school class, or prepare for a trip I was going to take. These activities were far more rewarding and healthy, both physically and mentally.
Go in a Group
I noticed that I spent less when I was with other people. Though, I wouldn’t be a third wheel on a pity invite Valentine’s date. I would surround myself with people, who like me, were still searching for that special someone. I wouldn’t get a date for Valentines Day. That often caused more pressure than enjoyment. Instead I would just be with friends and remember that all people go through this time in their lives.
Still Buy Chocolates
A little treat for Valentines Day was a good way to tell myself that even if I didn’t have someone I still deserved the good things in life. I made sure that I bought a chocolate with a high percentage of cocoa. Dark chocolate contains a number of chemical compounds that give a little happiness boost. There’s nothing wrong with a little chocolate boost on Valentine’s Day. 😉
Hallmark Day, err I mean Valentine’s Day is over, but the sales are just beginning. In case you didn’t notice, there is a lot of Valentine’s Day products out and just because it’s over doesn’t mean cupid can’t hit you with some discounts. Here are some things to look out for that will be going on sale.
1. Candy. This is a given, but remember that candy tastes the same whether it’s Valentine candy or Christmas. Buy it up! Target usually is around 50% off the day after it goes up from there. This was their schedule last year, 50% off February 15th, 70% off February 18th & 19th and 90% off February 21st.
2. Cards. Not only can you get good deal on regular greeting cards, this is s GREAT time to stock up for your kids Valentine’s Day cards. They will be more than half of what you normally pay. And really, how many ways can you say Happy Valentine’s day to a 6-year-old?
3. Fresh flowers. If you didn’t get your significant other flowers on V-Day, how about the day after. The prices will be dramatically cut down and it will be so unexpected. Everyone gets flowers on V-Day, try to be different.
4. Clothes. A lot of retailers have cute Valentine’s shirts for kids. Think about what size your kids will be wearing next year and stock up!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
We don’t always do much around here for Valentine’s. However, there’s been lots of Valentine talk around my 4-yr-old. So, I thought we’d do a little something to make it fun.
First, I added just a little shape to cookies that I make all the time for us. They are healthy almond flour, sprouted oatmeal, chocolate chip cookies. (There’s actually much more in there. But, that gives you the idea.) So, for a handful of the cookies, I tried a little experiment: shape them into hearts.
They are the same cookies we have around here every day. Literally. Every day. But, I was amazed at my daughter’s response. She was thrilled at the “heart shaped” cookies. It was as though they were a completely different cookie. For the rest of the day, she asked for “heart shaped cookies.” It was so cute and such a reminder that little differences can go a LONG way.
Meanwhile, I’d been keeping an eye out for something fun, different and EASY to make both for the children and for my husband for Valentine’s and I stumbled upon this golden nugget! I used to love Almond Joy and Mounds as a child (and beyond) but, over the years and with lifestyle changes, they just don’t taste as good to me as they used to. So, when I found this recipe for homemade Almond Joy with only 5 ingredients, I HAD to try it. And, I did…but, I left out the almonds. So, I suppose you can say that my version is of the Mounds variety 😉
Here’s the recipe:
2 cups unsweetened coconut (shredded)
1/3 cup maple syrup
6 oz melted chocolate (I used 85% cocoa dark chocolate)
1 Tbsp coconut oil
1. Put coconut and syrup in a food processor for about 2 minutes until it resembles a course meal.
2. Use about 1 1/2 Tbsp for each ball/mound. Form and place on a cooling rack on top of a baking pan.
3. Add the coconut oil to the chocolate and mix until smooth. Then, drizzle the chocolate over the mounds of coconut and chill for at least 10 minutes.
Super easy…and yummy!
There’s no excuse to not do something a little different, a little special if you want to on this Valentine’s Day.
Are you making anything special for your Valentine?
According to BIGresearch, in 2011 Americans spent $3.4 billion on dinners, $3.5 billion on jewelry, $1.1 billion for cards, and $1.7 billion for flowers for Valentines Day. I am beyond shocked at that number. We won’t be participating in 2013’s numbers, which is supposed to top $17 billion, and it’s not because we don’t love each other. We are just trying to save money and pay down debt.
However, if you just can’t stand the thought of skipping the day of love, how about some tips that will help your wallet?
1. You don’t have to have professional floral arrangements. There is more than one way to send your very best. Try hitting my personal favorite, Costco or some other grocery store. They can sometimes have amazing arrangements for a fraction of the cost.
2. Stay at home. Skip the long lines and crowds by staying in. You can rent a Redbox, make your favorite steak for way less than what you would normally pay out and just cuddle and remember what love is.
3. Haggle for jewelry. A lot of stores mark up high for Valentine’s Day, which is why it’s a good time to haggle. Go later at night if you can too. The closer you get to closing time, the more likely they would be to drop the price.
4. Do something that costs you nothing. If your significant other does all the yard work, do it all yourself. If they do all the laundry give them a week off. Whatever they are used to doing in your home, give them a break. Honestly, if my husband would do laundry for a month, that would be better than the biggest diamond in the world!
5. Make homemade treats. I LOVE Almond Rocha. It’s my favorite candy. But seriously it’s expensive for the little you get. However, I found this awesome recipe. Now if I can just get my husband to make it for me. Just remember there is usually always a way to make your favorites at home. Google really is your best friend.
What are your Thrifty Tips for Valentine’s Day?
Printable Coupon: Save $3 off one Lindt Chocolate item, 5.1 oz or larger.
Lindt Truffles are 2 for $7 at CVS right now, and will be that price at both CVS and Walgreens next week. Print 2 of this coupon (you’re allowed a maximum of 2 per Facebook account) and pay only $.50 each bag!
Personalized Photo Note Cards only $2 each!
Order By February 4th To Receive By Valentine’s Day.
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Did you forget…er… procrastinate… to send Chrismas cards? Why not send Valentine’s cards to your family and friends instead? Show your love!
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