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frugal valentine's dates

Get excited friends, Valentine’s Day is on Saturday this year! That means that you have all day to celebrate with the one you love. This is a great opportunity to put away the to-do list and just focus on your spouse for a whole day. That is the ultimate gift.

Now, if you don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, I have to encourage you to consider it. Your marriage is top priority, so it’s fun to take a day to just celebrate love. As a mama of four (soon to be five), a night away with a fancy dinner sounds like the dream date, but it would be a nightmare for our budget. There are so many frugal ways to celebrate though.

If you have kids, do something fun as a family! After, you can trade off babysitting with another couple or put them to bed early. You can see more tips for saving on babysitting here.

Here are the top 10 frugal Valentine’s Day Date Ideas:

Classic Valentine’s Day Dinner at Home

This option is tried and true. Put some extra money in the grocery budget and cook something delicious. Now, take it a step further by setting the mood. You’ll want some candles, music, and decorations. I love this FREE printable banner from Sandy Toes and Popsicles. Be sure to straighten up and put all of the laundry away. If you don’t have time for this step, just eat by candlelight.

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The Menu:

Honey Balsamic Baked Chicken Thighs
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Green Beans with Cranberries & Almonds
Homemade Bread

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The Best Part: Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Cake

Spa Night at Home

Relax and pamper with your spouse with a Spa Night at home! You can do manicures, pedicures, and back rubs. This would be the perfect addition to a nice dinner out or at home.

For the ultimate foot relaxation, I highly recommend a foot spa. It will help you relax and make your feet feel amazing. If you don’t want to buy a foot spa, fill up the bathtub with hot water and add some bath salts.

For the manicures and pedicures, you can go here for a great recipe for a foot and hand scrub. You can make it using ingredients you probably already have on hand and it will make your spa date night feel so luxurious.

You can then use baby oil or another oil of your choice and give each other back massages. Play some soothing music, light candles, and eat some chocolate.

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Waffle House

Want to try something different? Waffle House is now taking reservations, seriously. You can go to select Waffle House locations for steak specials and heart shaped waffles. There will be white tablecloths, candles, and every heart decoration you can imagine. It’s family friendly, so you could even bring the kids along. Spots do fill up, so make your reservation now if you want to go!

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Serve Others

Team up with your spouse to do something nice for someone else together. This is a great way to bond and enjoy time together while making someone’s day better. Some of the times I have  felt closest to my spouse were spent serving others.

Need some ideas?

Bake Valentine’s Day cookies for your elderly neighbors and take them to them.
Don’t have kids: Babysit for FREE so the parents can go out on date.
Do yard work for someone.
Volunteer at a shelter or food bank.

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Go Out For Dessert

Even a frugal dinner out (like Waffle House) may be more than you want to spend. If you still want to get out of my house: go out for dessert! You can order a slice of something delicious and split it (or two slices if you want to go all out). Throw in some coffee and great conversation and you are set. You get the fun aspects of going out, but you will save a ton.

Bonus Option: Go out for breakfast or lunch instead of supper. There will be less people and it is much cheaper.

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Paint With The One You Love

Want to go out and do something? Check out Living Social and Groupon for painting classes. They walk you through the paiting step by step and at the end you have a beautiful canvas. The great thing about this option is that they provide everything you need.

If you want to stay home, you can check out YouTube for painting tutorials. Grab canvases from Hobby Lobby or Micheal’s using a 40% off coupon. You’ll also need to get paint, brushes, and any other supplies.

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Movie Marathon

Sometimes the best days are the simple ones, so take the day and watch all of your favorite movies. Now, they don’t all have to be sappy love stories, you can throw in some Terminator to keep your husband happy. Make frozen pizza, eat junk food, and just relax. No house work is allowed.

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Treasure Hunt

Want to do something really special for Valentine’s Day? Plan a treasure hunt for your spouse. You will leave a clue to start the treasure hunt. This can be a card, text, e-mail, etc. You can set-up the treasure hunt in your house, cars, or even get friends involved. At the end of the treasure hunt, you can have a gift for him or a special meal.

You can go here for example clues and ideas. Her scavenger hunt ended in a picnic, but you have a different destination or eat your picnic inside.

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Happy Belated Valentine’s Day

If you want to skip the crowds, just celebrate the next weekend. You can also buy gifts and candy on clearance after February 14th.  You’ll get better deals on everything and still be able to have a blast.

Think this is too frugal? You can buy gifts for Valentine’s Day 2016 on the after holiday clearance sales. Hide them in a closet and your spouse will never know… you probably don’t want to buy candy a year ahead though.

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Star Gazing

The Lovejoy comet is visible right now and won’t be visible again for the next 8,000 years (pretty sure I won’t be around then). So, grab a pair of binoculars with head outside. You’ll need to bundle up, so grab a sleeping bag. You can also take out hot chocolate in a mug.

There are also some great FREE Apps to help you find consultations.

Comet-2014Q2_by-Rhemann_Nov-27-2014 See more frugal living tips.

    • me

      mother-in-law is coming for 2 weeks – no valentine’s for me! :(

    • Me

      I randomly sent my grandmother, 84 yo at the time, flowers, candy, and a bear (she is obsessed with teddy bears). She called my dad up crying. She said that was the first time since my grand father passed away a couple decades earlier, that anybody gave her flowers. Just another thought for this day. She still 12 years later watches for the package that day. :). She is 16 hours away, but, that day is “our” day. Hubby gets that day too. ;)

      • me

        That is so sweet! My mom and dad used to send me flowers and cards – so miss that now they’re gone! You are blessed to still have your dear grandmother :) .and it’s nice she appreciates these things.
        When my mom was sick in hospital I brought each of the 4 elderly ladies in her room a little dollar store teddy bear with valentine hearts – brightened their lives for at least a while, and for such a small cost. I still have the one I gave my mom.

      • Carmelita

        That just made my heart melt #missmygrandma