The problem with Valentine’s Day is that people can get so caught up in the hype that they make bad decisions with their money. They spend, spend and spend until the Valentine’s Day bill begins to compete with the Christmas budget.
But Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to cost the earth, there are plenty ways to win the heart of the person you love without breaking the bank. Yes, you can keep it simple and inexpensive and still have a great time. After all, sometimes it is the little things in life that end up creating the best memories.
How? Here are several tips for making Valentine’s Day special without breaking the bank.
1. A Home cooked meal
If you don’t have the money to go out why not whip up your sweetheart’s favourite meal. Not only will it win you extra points but it’s made with love and you can dine in style and set the mood by lighting some candles and playing soft music.
If the kitchen is a foreign land to you or you are a cooking disaster, you could always order their favourite takeaway before snuggling up on the couch to enjoy a film you both love.
2. A DIY Gift
You don’t need to spend a small fortune to show the object of your affections that you care about them so why not make your own personal gift.
Sentimental gifts are bound to stir up more emotions than a box of chocolates, so get creative make them a card, a photo collage of pictures of the both of you, or a box full of their favourite little things.
There is no doubt a gift made with love will end up making you boyfriend or girlfriend of the year.
3. Re-enact your first date
It is very likely your first date together wasn’t too complicated or over the top so why not recreate that special moment all over again?
Chances are your spouse will melt into your arms over your thoughtfulness.
4. Know where to buy your flowers in advance
A bouquet of flowers can be one of the most expensive gifts on Valentine’s Day when florists hike up their prices and you end up spending a small fortune. Get prices from your local florists or shops and look around for the best bargains.
It will save you money without running into the first flower shop you see in a last minute panic and splashing your cash on a big bouquet of roses.
Roses are not the only romantic flower so go for less expensive options such as stargazer lilies, sunflowers or tulips..
5. Celebrate before or after the holiday
If you are really stuck for money why not celebrate Valentine’s Day the day after on the 15th? You will beat the hustle and bustle in restaurants and presents will be half the price.
You don’t need a commercialised day to show you care.
Valentine’s Day is only as expensive as you make it and the quickest way to ruin a perfect date is to overspend and make bad decisions with your money. Remember, the relationship is what’s important not where you eat for dinner!
Enjoy this Valentine’s Day by staying on a budget and avoiding debts at all costs!