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:
- 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 (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 and relive the sweet memories of the past.
- 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. It’s a fun day to model a little romance with our kids and still enjoy a delicious dinner together.
- Check out a movie at the library. Believe it or not, there are chick-flicks that guys will like! And getting it at the library (and returning it in a timely manner) ensures an almost free at-home date night.
- Treat your kids to a sweet. Make personalized candy bars or heart-shaped scones – just something special to show them that they are dear to your heart.
- Don’t forget your fellow moms! Now’s the perfect day to make a mom a muffin. 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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