One of the main comments about Frugal February was Valentine’s Day. Knowing some time ago that we would be doing Frugal February (the Toronto group also had a Frugal January) I redeemed my survey and swagbucks money for paypal and used that in advance for a restaurant gift card so the cost of a meal does not come from my February budget but there are lots of ideas you can still do at short notice.
Change the date: Since February 14th falls on a weekday when so many are working, have to pick the kids up etc – change it up. Celebrate Valentine’s in a week or so without all the added costs and without the set menus.
Cook at home: Yes, you cook every day so it isn’t as special, but light some candles, create some ambience at home and make your valentine’s favourite meal. It will be a fraction of the price and likely better than the set menus so many restaurants are doing for valentines. You could also make cutesy heart shaped sandwiches or pizza for their lunch, or heart shaped pancakes for breakfast.
Rethink the flowers: Personally, I am not a flowers type of girl – buy me some nail polish or books instead, flowers just die. But if your Valentine does like flowers, it doesn’t have to be overpriced red roses. What is her favourite colour? Choose flowers that she would typically love, check your local farmers market for flowers instead of the usual flower shops.
Spend time together: much like Christmas, Valentine’s Day has become a victim of commercialism. Take some time to spend together, go for a walk, do the stuff you used to do when first dating. If you like music, check out an open mic or battle of the bands night rather than paying $$ for tickets to a bigger show. Grab some hot chocolate and go for a walk in the park holding hands.
Memory Jar: get an old jar and some colourful paper and write the memories of your relationship while curled up together discussing them. Write them and put them in a jar – whenever you are having a bad day down the road, pull one out and remember it.
Personal coupons: With people so busy these days, the little things can matter. Give each other coupons for things that the other usually does, doing the dishes, the shopping etc – whatever chore you hate.
Hope this gave you some ideas on how to stay true to Frugal February while still celebrating Valentine’s Day. Do you have any other frugal tips to pass on for the day?