Celebrate Valentine’s Day Frugally All Month Long

by TTMK on February 1, 2018 · 1 comment

The following post is from Melissa Batai

Many years ago, my husband and I decided to go out to eat on Valentine’s Day.  We arrived at the restaurant at 6 p.m. and were told that there was at least an hour wait.  Yet, hour after hour slogged on, and after three hours of waiting, we finally left without ever sitting down to eat.

Neither my husband nor I are big on commercialized holidays, so that trip just cemented our desire to do nothing on Valentine’s Day.  Every year since then, we’ve boycotted the holiday.  If we do go out together, we go out several days before or after Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day is one of the most commercialized holidays; retailers have drilled into our minds that you can’t show your significant other that you love him or her unless you spend big bucks.  Americans have gotten the message; according to ABC News, in 2017, Americans spent an average of just over $135 on Valentine’s Day gifts.

But you don’t have to spend that much money.  This Valentine’s Day, why not give a gift that truly (and frugally) expresses your love?

Celebrate Valentine’s Day Frugally

Let’s face it, buying your wife flowers or taking her out to eat on Valentine’s Day requires money, but not much effort.  If you’re looking to celebrate Valentine’s Day frugally, why not try these suggestions which require your time, not your money.  Best of all, since they’re free, you can celebrate all month long.

Do a Chore Your Partner Hates

Let’s say your partner hates washing dishes.  Imagine, if, for 28 days, the entire month of February, you do all of the dishes for your partner.  Think of how loved she would feel that you took a chore that she hates off her hands for a whole month.  Now for many women, that is a romantic gesture!

Men often get the chore of taking out the trash.  Wouldn’t your partner be surprised if you took that chore and did it every day for 28 days?

Have Several Date Nights at Home

Many people don’t regularly have date night because they’re on a tight budget or they can’t find or afford a babysitter.  In February, why not have a few date nights at home?  Perhaps one night you and your partner can cook a meal together.  Maybe another night you watch a movie and eat snacks.  You can do this after the kids go to bed or, if they’re old enough, make them homemade pizza and let them watch a movie in another room while you have your “date”.

Write a Love Letter

In this age of e-mails and text messages, love letters have become extinct.  Yet, is there any better gift than writing on paper, with pen, how much you love your significant other.  You can share memories of when you first started dating or write a poem.  It doesn’t matter.  Your partner will probably love the time you spent composing the letter and cherish it for years to come.

An alternative is to tuck a sweet note into your significant other’s jacket pocket or lunch.  Write one once, or all month long.

There are many ways you can show your significant other that you love him or her.  You don’t need to give in to commercialism.  Try one of these more frugal strategies instead.

My Question for You

What do you do on Valentine’s Day?  Do you spend the average of $135 a month, or do you find a more frugal way to show your love?

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Karen Lindquist February 1, 2018 at 8:06 am

I hate going out on days when it is super crowded, and this one is especially loaded with creepiness owing to the forced nature of people trying to feel they did their part, or that they are validated somehow because of the gesture made. Ugh.

I would rather stay in and make something we both love to eat, with hand crafted cocktails in our own kitchen. For $100 we can eat like royalty. Lobster is an easy favorite. Or Oysters Rockefeller.

In your own kitchen you can also wear whatever ludicrous get-up you wish, and dance around to your own music. It’s win all around.

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