Guest Author - Deborah M. Dera
Valentine’s Day is just a week away. Hopefully you and your significant other already know that there is really no way to place a monetary value on love. That said, it’s nice to spend a day with a little extra acknowledgement and celebration. Those on a budget will be looking for a few tips and tricks for working around their financial constraints.
Moderate Your Spending
Does your significant other really like chocolate? Does she try to cut back because of nutrition or dietary concerns? If so, downsize the box of chocolates to a small bar of her favorite gourmet chocolate. One special bar of chocolate will mean a lot more than a whole box of expensive duds, and you can spend a lot less money on something that will be appreciated more. The same goes for flowers. One red rose can go just as far as a full dozen if you present it right. Try a huge cup of coffee or a latte from her favorite coffee shop? Little gestures can really add up.
Eat at Home
There are two ways to go about this. You can cook the meal yourself or you can find a gourmet grocery store, restaurant, or caterer that will let you pick up some take-out food. A bottle of sparkling wine is inexpensive and can be found at just about any local liquor or wine store. Eating at home will prove less expensive and a lot less stressful considering you won’t have to fight the crowds.
Fight the Flower Frenzy
Flowers are a nice gesture, but their prices are incredibly inflated on Valentine’s Day. Ordering them for delivery just the day before can make a huge difference in pricing, especially if you stay away from pre-arranged Valentine’s arrangements and the traditional red rose.
Homemade Gifts and Gestures
If you’re feeling crafty, search Pinterest for ideas for homemade gifts, crafts, and gestures. I started taping small hearts with love messages to my husband’s work area, adding one each day. I’ll do it every day until Valentine’s Day. I write a different message each day, telling him something I love about him. So far, he’s loved seeing a new one added each day; though I’m not 100% sure he understands why I’m doing it yet.
Homemade cards and gifts, plants from the garden store, small gestures with items your significant other loves – they’re all great ways to acknowledge the love you share every single day. Remember, Valentine’s Day is, at its core, a commercial holiday. The amount of money you spend shouldn’t matter. Your time together does.