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Valentine’s day is approaching! I hope this post can give you some ideas for a frugal Valentine’s day.
Can you believe that last year people spent an estimated $19.7 billion dollars on Valentine’s Day! Whoa. That is a lot of jewelry and dinners out.
While Mr. Frugal Turtle and I don’t partake in the holiday like most people do, we still tend to recognize the holiday in our own way. We’ll be extra lovey dovey with each other and probably do something from the list below.
1. Stay in and watch a movie.
Mr. Frugal Turtle and I do this all the time, not just on Valentine’s Day. We enjoy making some deliciously salty popcorn on the stove and cuddling up under some blankets on the couch.
Watching a movie this way definitely beats paying an arm and a leg for movie tickets and refreshments, sitting in a freezing movie theater and having to put up with annoying people talking during the movie or having the people behind you put their feet up on your chair.
2. Make a homemade dinner.
What better way to show someone you love them than by making them their favorite meal. It can be anything from a homemade pizza with their favorite toppings to pasta with buttery, garlic bread, or a cheesy, comforting casserole.
I really love it when Mr. Frugal Turtle helps out with making dinner. It’s a way to keep connected, have fun joking around, and simply enjoy each other’s company.
Being it is Valentine’s Day and not just another weeknight, open a bottle of wine! Make that dinner extra special. Turn the lights off and light a candle at the dinner table. Super romantic!
3. Exercise together.
The couple that exercises together, stays together. This blog post by Theresa DiDonato Ph.D. shares five excellent reasons for sweating together. From increasing your happiness with the relationship to helping to achieve your workout goals, working out together isn’t just good for the body, it’s also good for your romantic relationship.
Mr. Frugal Turtle and I have been doing Yoga together lately. While I don’t usually sweat during Yoga, it’s still a great exercise to do with your loved one.
4. Go snowshoeing/Go for a walk outdoors.
This is along the same lines as exercising together, but instead of sweating in a gym, do it outside! Exercising in Mother Nature is extremely invigorating.
A simple Google search will lead to many results of parks offering snowshoeing paired with other activities like dinner and even wine tastings! This probably won’t be free, or even that frugal, if you pair it with one of the other activities the park is offering, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go snowshoeing in the park with your sweetheart. Just grab your snowshoes (or hiking boots) and head to any park for some fresh air. While you’re there, plop down in the snow and make a snow angel, or throw snowballs at each other. Just have fun with each other.
5. Buy flowers.
No, I’m not talking about the dozen roses that are put in a vase and wither a few days later. I’m talking about potted flowers! Instead of buying fresh-cut roses, buy a potted small mini rose-bush. This could last for years if cared for properly.
I hope this list gives you some ideas on how to enjoy a frugal Valentine’s Day with your special someone. You don’t need to break the bank to prove to someone that you love them.
As the saying goes “The best things in life are free.”
How are you planning on spending Valentine’s Day? Do you buy gifts for each other?