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Be My Frugal Valentine: Frugal Friday

Posted By Jessica Fisher On February 4, 2010 @ 7:23 pm In Budget Living,Frugal Friday,Uncategorized,Valentine's Day,Valentine's Day | 15 Comments


Valentine’s Day is a week from Sunday — and it will sneak up on you right quick. Time to think what you’ll do for your sweetheart and children. Preplanning will help avoid high costs in a week or so.

How can you celebrate what’s in your heart without spending an arm and a leg?

Try one of these budget-friendly suggestions:

  1. Take a walk down memory lane. Reliving sweet memories with your spouse or kids can be a wonderful way to spend an evening. Bring out the photo albums, show some home movies, share stories and memories of years gone past. If yours is a special love story [5] (which ones aren’t?) make sure you share it with your children! Better yet, write it down. If you live where you met, dated, or married, take a drive by some of your old haunts [6] and relive the sweet memories of the past.
  2. Cook a special dinner at home. When we can swing a babysitter, we go out the day before or after Valentine’s Day to avoid the crowds and the expense. Restaurants often charge more on Valentine’s Day, so play it smart. Instead, I cook the same meal I prepared on our first date [7]. It’s a fun day to model a little romance with our kids and still enjoy a delicious dinner together.
  3. Check out a movie at the library. Believe it or not, there are chick-flicks that guys will like [8]! And getting it at the library (and returning it in a timely manner) ensures an almost free at-home date night [9].
  4. Treat your kids to a sweet. Make personalized candy bars [10] or heart-shaped scones [11] – just something special to show them that they are dear to your heart.
  5. Don’t forget your fellow moms! Now’s the perfect day to make a mom a muffin [12]. What a fun way to tell your friends you’re in this together.

What are you doing to stretch your dollars a little farther these days?

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[5] a special love story: http://lifeasmom.com/2009/02/my-husband-hes-mighty-fine.html

[6] take a drive by some of your old haunts: http://lifeasmom.com/2009/04/weekend-trip-eating-tour-of-santa.html

[7] the same meal I prepared on our first date: http://lifeasmom.com/2009/02/memory-making-meals.html

[8] chick-flicks that guys will like: http://lifeasmom.com/2009/02/tgif-6-guy-friendly-love-stories.html

[9] an almost free at-home date night: http://lifeasmom.com/2008/10/remembering-romance-cheap-date-night.html

[10] personalized candy bars: http://lifeasmom.com/2009/02/budget-living-frugal-valentine-or-other.html

[11] heart-shaped scones: http://lifeasmom.com/2009/02/maple-oat-heart-scones-they-work-for-me.html

[12] make a mom a muffin: http://lifeasmom.com/2009/11/frugal-foodie-gift-if-you-give-mom.html

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