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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
Coupon Terms
  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

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Frugal Date Ideas | Complete guide to Valentine's Day | Valentine's Day Date Ideas

Last week we learned 10 reasons why you should celebrate Valentine’s Day. So now that we are all excited for February 14th, we need to start planning!

Here are some frugal gift ideas and date ideas to help get your creative juices flowing. Remember, this is all about celebrating love. It should be fun and it doesn’t have to cost a lot.

Frugal Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

The date options are endless! There are plenty of fun things to do if you want to go out or stay in.

Don’t want to pay a babysitter? Switch off date nights with another couple. You may not be able to go out on Valentine’s Day, you can celebrate a day early or late. You’ll even miss the crowds.

Going Out

-Use a Groupon or Living Social voucher to try out a new restaurant
-Go to a restaurant offering a Valentine’s Day Special
-Eat dinner at home & go out for dessert
-Ice Skating
-Have a gourmet dinner at Waffle House (reservations required)
-Play Arcade Games
-Go dancing!

Staying In

-Have a picnic on the living room floor
-Rent a movie you both been wanting to see
-Cook a special dinner and dessert
-Eat dinner by candlelight and use your fancy china
Spa Night
-Make s’mores
-Play a Wii game together (Super Mario Kart tournament, anyone?)
-Sing Karaoke
-Fondue for two

Ways to Make Your Valentine Feel Loved

A date is great, but to really make it special, do something extra you know he will love.

-Leave post it notes with pick-up lines in random places for him to find
-Make breakfast in bed
-Send him on a scavenger hunt to find little gifts around the house
-Write a long love letter
-Fill a jar with 365 reasons why you love him
-Write and perform a song
-Create a collage with all your special moments
-Take a walk down memory lane and write down some of your favorite stories
-Make him a photobook

Share your favorite ideas in the comments below!

Check back later today for a complete list of DIY gift ideas.

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    • Dana

      We always stay in and make chocolate covered strawberries together. Probably will do a homemade pizza and slice grape tomatoes in half and place them together to make little hearts.

    • karolyn

      We are going to get a bottle of wine, go to Whole Foods and get little pieces of some special cheeses that we wouldn’t ordinarily treat ourselves to, & come home and make our own fruit, specialty cheese, and nut tray. I think we will also marinate and grill some flank steak (marked down @ the grocery store & stored in the freezer), and then I have some sort of homemade decadent chocolate dessert that i will make ahead of time. My mother will be taking our 4 year old & 9 month old for the evening! So looking forward to this low key, simple, romantic evening with my husband!

    • Teresa

      We will stay home and have a Prime Rib I just found in the freezer. I was looking for a Boston Butt for BBQ for today. I guess I will use the chuck roast I have in the freezer for today. It is clean out the freezer month at my house. So I have a lot of chicken to cook. Besides my husband likes my food better than going out to eat, but sometimes you want someone to wait on you.

    • Teresa

      Sorry one cool idea i seen was to get a cardboard heart and fill it with the little liquor bottles for your guy. I think it is a great idea to get a couple of bottles of his favorite beverage for him.