Valentine’s Day leaves a lot to the imagination. In fact, frugal guys and gals find all sorts of ways to celebrate February 14th. You don’t have to rely on overpriced chocolates and flower arrangements to make your sweetheart happy. With a little imagination and even less money, you can make it a day to remember without all the clichés. Here’s how you can make the most out of the upcoming holiday:
1) Plan a scavenger hunt around town. Leave clues sealed in envelopes at different romantic locations. Make the final destination somewhere the two of you really wanted to go to. This can be an art gallery, a museum, a concert, play or movie. Daily deal sites and group coupon sites are great for this purpose. Visit Groupon or Living Social periodically to see what they offer. Heck, just today before I posted this my daily local groupon was for 50% off flowers. Can’t beat that.
2) Create a bunch of love notes and place them into helium filled balloons. Help your partner pop the balloons so they can read the messages that are enclosed inside. If time permits, fill an entire room full of these. Make it hard for your man or woman to get through the door.
3) Spread out a picnic blanket and have lunch in your living room. Prepare and eat some of your favorite foods. Take off your shoes and relax for a while. Listen to some great music. Read a book or play a board game.
4) Recreate your first date together. Go to the same location. Order the same items from the menu. Get your picture taken in a photo booth. Take a walk on the beach. Reminisce on the past and look forward to the future together as a couple.
5) Rent a movie from Redbox and call it a night. Pick up a new release from Redbox and stay in for the evening. (There is a large selection of titles to choose from and you can even reserve one online and pick it up later. Serve movie theater style concessions and curl up together on the couch.) A good romantic comedy is the perfect end to another great Valentine’s Day. Even if you don’t have a Redbox near you or if you don’t want to leave the house at all just pull up your cable or satellite on demand listings. A movie might cost a few dollars more, but it will still be cheaper than even a single ticket at the theater.
You don’t have to jump on a jet and fly to Paris to enjoy a romantic evening with your loved one. With a little bit of determination, you can avoid the high costs associated with Valentine’s Day and make it as memorable as ever.
Charissa is into frugal living and saving money.