Frugal ways to celebrate Valentine's Day?

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Frugal ways to celebrate Valentine's Day?
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Fri, 01-13-2012 - 9:09pm

I was reading an article in All You magazine about ways to celebrate Valentine's Day for less. Some of their ideas were...

  • Eat in instead of going to a restaurant. Have a picnic by the fire with heart shaped foods.
  • Go out to eat, but ask about discounts for early or late seatings.
  • Make chocolate fondue at home instead of splurging on boxed candy.
  • Instead of spending cash on a card, write a poem or love letter.

Any other ideas for having a frugal Valentine's Day?

With three children, Valentine's Day can get very expensive here. Instead of giving store-bought Valentines, we usually make our own. I found some great little Valentine-themed treat bags this summer at one of the thrift stores, still sealed in the package. I think we'll make cookies or fudge for the teachers and put it in those.

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Fri, 01-13-2012 - 10:37pm

Don't you love thrift stores, Kellie?

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Sat, 01-14-2012 - 8:16pm
I usually opt to pretend it isn't happening so I spend zero, but now I'm seeing someone and that may not go over well. He's actually really sappy about stuff like that so I should probably do something. Making something is pretty frugal so that gets my vote.
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Sun, 01-15-2012 - 10:14pm

What do you think you might make for your valentine?

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Mon, 01-16-2012 - 5:01pm
Well normally I'd just make dinner since I'm a fairly decent cook and that seems like a nice thing to do. However I've already discovered what a limited palate he has so unless I make something flavorless he won't eat it. You can guess how irritating this becomes when we're out and need to stop for food or planning a date night.

Oddly he's a huge fan of red velvet cake sans frosting so I'm thinking of going with red velvet cupcakes. I've never made them but I think its essentially just a standard white/yellow cake recipe with red food coloring. Of course he would like the worlds plainest dessert lol.
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Tue, 01-17-2012 - 12:17pm
sinclairwife wrote:

Don't you love thrift stores, Kellie?

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Tue, 01-17-2012 - 12:18pm
You could always do a nice, romantic dinner? Or make him a fancy dessert?
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Fri, 01-20-2012 - 12:38am
Well its all moot now because we broke up. So I guess I can go back to pretending v day isn't happening and saving my money.
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Fri, 01-20-2012 - 12:48pm
Oh no! What happened? I'm sorry. :(
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Fri, 01-20-2012 - 11:35pm

Haha what didn't happen.

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Sat, 01-21-2012 - 9:09pm

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