Valentine's Day on a Budget

I can just imagine the amount of money spent on February 14th each year.  Flowers, chocolates, fancy dinners…and don’t get me wrong, it all sounds wonderful, but we like to keep Valentine’s Day low-key and affordable.  Besides, why go out to a nice dinner when all the babysitters in town are at high demand and the reservations were full weeks ago and waiting lists are long?  There are 364 other days in the year that will be a little less crazy!  Haha!

Our little family likes to exchanges small gifts and cards and stick at home.  Maybe grill some steaks (a meal our whole family actually likes!) and have chocolate fondue for dessert.  Champagne for the adults and sparkling cider for the kiddos.  Also, this year I am going to try an “I love you” jar where everybody writes something they love about each family member and we take turns pulling them out and reading them to everyone.  I’m sure Ella’s thoughts will be classic! :)

If you are looking to save some money and stay home this Valentine’s Day like us, here are some other simple ideas to make the day special:

  • Shop at the Dollar Store for decorations, cards and candy.
  • Use pink or red food coloring in everything from drinks to pancake batter.
  • Cut everything you can into hearts- sandwiches, toast, waffles, cheese etc.
  • Use candles and white Christmas lights for mood lighting.
  • Bring out the board games and have a family or couple game night.
  • Put together a fun scavenger hunt for spouse or kids.

Happy Valentine’s Day to all of the Momcents readers.  May your day be filled with love and not break your budget!

    

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