This will be the 20th Valentine's Day that my wife and I celebrate. Thankfully, we've learned over the years that there's no sense in spending piles of cash on some commercially manufactured holiday.
We've been guilty of getting sucked into this trend during our earlier years, and probably spent more than the record average $147 spent in 2016 according to this study.
These days, we like to keep things more low key, and would prefer to save our money for more meaningful experiences, like a special dinner in Italy.
But you don't have to break the bank or spend crazy money to acknowledge your special relationship. Here are a few ideas we've used over the years to “celebrate” Valentine's Day.
Frugal Valentine's Day Ideas
Happy Hour. Take off work a bit early and find the best happy hour in town. Raise a toast to Saint Valentine, and head back to the house for a nice home cooked meal.
Cheese Night. One of our favorites. Go to your local store and buy some small portions of special cheese, along with any other accoutrements. Add a bottle or two of $2 Buck Chuck and you're good to go!
Wine Tasting. Set a budget of $10-20 each, and try and find the best wine possible for that price. You can then surprise each other with your selection during a home wine tasting night.
Book Exchange. Exchange your favorite books and spend the night talking about the reasons you enjoyed reading them. My wife might think she's getting the short end of the stick with my favorite one.
Scavenger Hunt. If you're feeling more creative, set-up a scavenger hunt around the house with clues and small pieces of your favorite chocolates or treats.
Memory Lane. Walk down memory lane by looking at old pictures and keepsakes from your relationship. If you have children, involve them in the experience for an extra dose of complaining.
Skip the Roses. Don't waste your money on overpriced flowers that will barely last a week. My wife's favorite flower is the Orchid. It's my favorite too because it will last at least 3 months, and you can get a small/medium sized plant for <$20 at your local grocery store. Plus they're beautiful, and come in many varieties.
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Keeping it short and sweet today, since I'm sure most people will be scrambling to prepare for the day. Hopefully these ideas got your creative juices flowing. Happy Valentine's Day!
Got any other frugal ideas to share? Do you go big on this day, or do you keep things simple? Share your thoughts below!