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frugal and fun valentine gifts and ideas

If you are on a tight budget special holidays like Valentine’s Day can quickly become more stressful than fun. With a little creativity you can make it a special celebration while spending a small amount or nothing at all!

Here are some fun and frugal Valentine’s Day deals. If you have any other ideas please leave them in a comment below to share with others!

Preparation

A big part of the date is anticipation. One fun idea is to send your spouse an invitation to the date. You could use paper and other craft materials you already have to make a card.

If you aren’t feeling so crafty you can order a card online, buy Valentines at the store, or search online for a Template. You could put it in a poem, write a note with check yes or no at the bottom, or even write it in magnetic refrigerator letters.

Be sure to include the time, date, location, and main event. Just remember, the idea is to take the time to make your spouse feel special and build up the celebration.

After you have created your invite you can leave it somewhere around the house for him to find or tuck it into his briefcase.

If you are having date night at home it can be fun to make decorations ahead of time. This can help your home to be warm and festive for the special day.

Gift Ideas

With time and planning you can create a special gift for free! One of my favorite ideas is to create a coupon booklet of services. This is a great way to support your spouse and think about what he needs.

Some ideas for things you could include are: back massage, movie night of his choice, foot rub, car wash, breakfast in bed, etc.

To save time, you can print these coupons on cardstock, cut them out, tie it with a ribbon and you are done!

If you want to spend less than $10 you could give him his favorite dessert, candy, a photo book, playlist of meaningful songs, jar with 365 reasons why you love him, or a magazine subscription.

For flowers be sure to look out for daily deals. You can get a voucher for half off making it a much more affordable gift idea.

Date Night at Home

You can save a lot of money by having date night at home. You could put the kids to bed early and enjoy a night to yourselves.

An easy idea is to cook a special dinner and eat it by candlelight. If you decide on special menu items ahead of time you can wait for a good sale to save even more.

Another option is to order in and eat picnic style on the living room floor. This is a fun way to mix things up.

If you are feeling a little bit more adventurous you could make fondue. You can go here to see some fun ideas for fondue.

For entertainment you could rent a movie from Redbox.  If you are looking for a more interactive activity you could make a fun dessert together and go through the Family Dinner conversation questions jar.

One fun dessert idea is to get a variety of chocolates and have a chocolate tasting.

Dining Out

There are tons of ways to enjoy a night out and still save money. I love this option because not having to do dishes makes any day more fun.

One option is to call your favorite restaurants or look on their websites for deals. Many have restaurants have special coupons or deals available for Valentine’s Day.

For an very unique idea, one option is Waffle House. Select Waffle House restaurants have Valentine’s Day specials. They decorate and have heart shaped waffles, but you must make a reservation.

You can also look for deals on daily deal sites and Restaurant.com.

Other Ideas

There are tons of other options if you are looking for something more unique. This can be a great opportunity to do something different together and bond over a new experience.

For example, you could go to a class together. There are classes where you can paint, cook, etc. This can be a great way to learn a new skill together.

If you and your spouse are creative you could do something like paint pottery. You would then have beautiful pieces to display in your house to remind you of your special date.

For a frugal alternative you could decorate mugs at home and then bake on the decorations. You can learn how here.

If there is a movie you both want to see you could look for a deal on movie tickets. You could also got to a local music show in your area or sing Karaoke together.

For the Kids

Valentine’s Day can be fun for the kids too! To make the day special for them you could give them cards and candy.

If your kids love crafts you could make Valentine’s Day decorations with them. On the day of a fun breakfast would be pink, heart-shaped pancakes.

There are also lots of fun printables online. You can see other fun crafts here.

What are you planning for Valentine’s Day?

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    • Susan

      SUCH GREAT IDEAS!!!! LOVE IT!!!!

    • Susan

      SUCH GREAT IDEAS!!!! LOVE IT!!!!

    • ad456

      Bow chicka bow wow!!

    • CC

      I bought some of those clingy window decals that are all hearts and cupids. I am going to stick them all over my husbands car windows the night before. And leave a sweet card in his car attached to his steering wheel. I have plans to cook a nice steak dinner with all the fixings. And make ice cream sundaes together ;) just a nice night to spend together!! Oh after we get our school aged kids n bed!!

    • cupackes

      We made a family commitment to being healthier in 2013, so my son (11) suggested a family picnic and hike to take care of our hearts for Valentine’s Day. This will also wear him out, so perhaps he might go to bed early. ;)

    • Ashley

      Waffle House is our Valentine’s Day tradition! When we were first together, we had jobs with very late working hours, also, we had like no money. But, now, even though we’ve both gotten new jobs with normal hours, we decided to maintain tradition. Think: No Crowds!

    • tori729

      We are going out tonight instead of Valentines Day to cut down on the crowds (hopefully!)