Valentine’s Day on a Budget

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, it can seem like the post-Christmas budgeting and new year money woes are being challenged once again. However, this doesn’t have to be the case. As the holiday of love approaches we need to adopt a new way of thinking, and understand that finance does NOT equal romance. You want your special someone to lust after you, and not the contents of your wallet, so this year try out a couple of budget Valentine’s Day suggestions for your day of love.

Make a card
Finding a good Valentine’s Day card is no easy task. They’re always too distant, too soppy, too serious, too jokey or too sleazy. Plus, they’re often one of the most expensive pieces of paper you will buy all year.

If you’d rather avoid this then a great way to save money is to dig out the glitter glue and make your own. There are tons of ways to make your card special, whether you opt for printing a favourite photo of the two of you and writing why it’s special to you, or going abstract and making a collage of words and phrases from newspapers to create your own DIY love note. Think of something that is special or unique to you and your loved one, and even if it ends up similar to something that you made when you were six it is sure to be much more special than something generic from the high street.

Eat at home
One surefire way to break the budget on Valentine’s Day is to eat out at a restaurant. Many places bump up their prices to take advantage of loved-up couples, so don’t be sucked in to their sneaky plans. Often restaurants offer a limited menu too, meaning that you are paying more for less choice – when is that ever a good thing?

If you want to avoid the hoards of love struck couples and pink glittery hearts then boycott the restaurants and eat at home. Go to a fancy shop and stock up on tasty treats and prosecco, or if you are not too comfortable in the kitchen then most major supermarkets including Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose offer ‘Dine in for Two’ deals that take the stress out of the cooking process.

Delay the day
If you can be patient then one of the best ways to do Valentine’s Day on a budget is to delay the day. In the run up to Valentine’s Day restaurants get fully booked and most flowers disappear off of the face of earth, leaving only slightly wilted overpriced offerings, average chocolates and unnecessary teddy bears to fill the shelves. As with every other holiday and event throughout the year, as soon as the day passes all of the remaining seasonal items become reduced. This is your time to strike.

Choose your own Valentine’s Day to celebrate and make the most of it without having to blow your budget on frivolous novelties. You’ll be able to get a table in a restaurant, buy great flowers and not have a glitter-induced asthma attack in the gifts aisle. The 15th is the new 14th, didnt you know?

With these budget Valentine’s Day tips it’s easy to see how you can make the day of love work for you, no matter how big or small your budget is. Thoughtful, handmade things are the key to success: they often cost far less than conventional gifts and are always well received. Plus, there’s not a sparkly pink heart or slightly creepy teddy bear in sight. Now that is a success.

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