It’s February! The month of looooovvvveeee! Or to some the month of commercialized, buy-my-love hogwash! In the Hoskins House it’s called Frugal February. We do our best to spend as little as possible for the shortest month of the year.
I LOVE love. Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays because well, LOVE! But, it can be a problem for a lot of people especially for their budget. All the marketing, all the candy, balloons, stuffed critters and jewelry stores jumping out at every corner. “Buy her what she deserves,” “Give him the gift he’ll never forget,” “For only $99 and 55% interest you can get her this bracelet with your DNA imprinted.” zZzZz.
How do you avoid 55% interest (OK, that’s a bit much, but you get me!) and an empty bank account come Feb. 14? You plan, you budget and you get creative! Here are 5 ways to do Valentine’s Day without blowing your budget and make it the most memorable yet:
Home Is Where The Heart Is
Simple enough right? Plan to up the grocery budget by a little the week of Valentine’s Day, or make a separate purchase from your entertainment budget. Fix a mixture of both your favorite dishes or better yet, try something new! The date starts in the kitchen! Cook dinner together! Grab a bottle of wine to sip on while whipping up dinner, ask Google to play some light jazz and focus on fixing a nice meal with your special someone! One way we like to make date nights in even better is by stopping by the movie theatre and picking up a large bucket of popcorn (Butter in the middle and the top, thanks!) to snack on during our at-home movie. Might sound silly, but it’s the little things and movie theatre popcorn is soooooo good!
Class It Up
Find a class and sign up! If you’re local to Kentucky try Level Up. They offer classes from calligraphy, photography, cookie decorating to writing your love story. Classes are offered in both Louisville and Lexington and some are as low as $24 per person if you register early!
Put On Your Dancing Shoes
Register for dance lessons! The honey and I are actually planning to do this in the near future. Several places will offer first timer discounts and a private lesson to couples as an introductory. It’s a fun way to get close with your love, be active and learn a new skill! Some dance studios even do Valentine’s Day specials that include flowers or chocolates. The couple that tangos together… tangos together? 🙂
Goin’ to the Chapel
Our church hosts a Valentine’s Banquet each year where they provide dinner, entertainment and a photo op, all for $30 per couple and childcare is provided! There was a showing of a comedy show one year and couples played a version of The Newlywed Game which was a blast! The best part? The money goes toward our student missions program!
Head to your local arcade and play your heart out! Throw down on a game of air hockey, or take out all the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park. I don’t know about you, but the husband and I can be a bit competitive, OK, a lot, and playing games and going head-to-head always ends in so much fun. I feel like every time we do this, I learn something new about him! Like, who knew he was a pool shark? Not I! Not until last October when he ran the table like a pro and I was left scratching my head!
So, there’s a theme with most of these suggestions and that’s experience. It’s not about gifts, chocolate or jewelry. While those things are nice and if you can fit them in your budget, by all means! (Trust me, I’ll take any or all! :)) For us it’s more about spending quality time together and having some fun. So, if you’re looking to make this Valentine’s Day a bit more memorable and a lot more affordable, take one of these ideas for a spin!
How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Have any traditions? Share in the comments!