Valentine’s Day for the Budget Conscious

Shortly after you have cleaned up the confetti, put away the noisemakers, and drank the last of the New Year’s bubbly, you are reminded that Valentine’s Day is not far away. So what is one to do in economic times such as these? Go on a V-Day Strike! No, that’s not your only option. You can still enjoy the “Day for Lovers” without putting your wallet in the red.

Ladies, we rarely want to admit when our guy is right about something, but who can deny that Valentine’s Day is for us? (and who among us doesn’t secretly squeal with delight?) With so much pressure being put on the men, it’s pretty easy for us to plan a Valentine’s Day for him. Give him a day of Surprises:

1. Write out a “Why I Love You’ list.

2. Put together a group of photos that illustrate your relationship in chronological order.

3. Make his favorite breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, etc.

4. Let him control the remote all day, and you watch with him. Quietly. (I know this will be difficult, but remember, you love the guy!)

5. Do his house hold chores for him. (even though you probably do them all the time anyway..)

For the Guys, if you have agreed to keep spending to a limit this time around, I have a few low-cost suggestions for you as well:

1. Be her masseur for the day.

2. Plan an indoor picnic; basket, fruit, stinky cheese, wine..the whole shebang.

3. Make a CD of her favorite songs, and dance together.

4. Make chocolate-covered strawberries together.

5. Is she a nature lover? Enjoy a sunrise, sunset, or an evening moonlit walk.

If you don’t have a sweetie this Valentine’s Day, you can still celebrate by bringing love, smiles, and laughter to your family, friends, or those with whom you come in contact on this day. Who knows, you might meet the person you’ll be spending Valentine’s Day with next year.


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