When Valentine’s Day rolls around, it feels like love is in the air. It’s just about everywhere: whether you’re listening to the radio, watching television, or browsing the web, nothing but slow songs, rom-coms and flower delivery ads wherever you look. If you have a special someone in your life, it might feel like the pressure is on to step it up and make a romantic gesture this time of year, but you don’t have to spend a lot to make the one you love feel like a million bucks. The memories you make are priceless and the best part is, they don’t have to cost a thing to make.
The best presents are the ones that really come from the heart, and nothing says, “I love you” like a handmade gift. You don’t have to be an artistic genius to make an expression of your love; it could be something as simple as a handmade Valentine. You may be wondering if you can really afford to celebrate Valentine’s Day at all, and may be considering a credit card or title loan to get you by. But if you’re feeling crafty, maybe you can make something they can wear like a bracelet or carry with them, like a keychain. You can even make a great dinner for two or a special lunch they take to work. It’s a lovely treat that lets the one you love know that you care.
If there’s one thing you can do this Valentine’s Day, it’s to be there for the important people in your life. Make time to do something together, whether you’re simply hanging out or enjoying an activity together. With so many responsibilities, it’s easy to let the holiday sneak up on you, despite the best efforts of advertisers. But whether or not you believe you have enough time to make this a memorable Valentine’s day for your loved one, make the effort. If you want to make something special for the one you love, why not make time?
Instead of focusing all your time and money on making your loved one feel special for one day, make it Valentine’s month and plan free or inexpensive outings and activities together throughout the month of February. Find a day to drop the kids off at their grandparents and give yourself a date night. Maybe you can offer to return the favor – after all, when you have the whole month of February to remind each other how in love you still are, every day is Valentine’s Day.
What do you like doing with your better half? Valentine’s Day is a perfect time to recreate and memorialize important moments you’ve shared. Maybe one of your first dates was a picnic in the park, or your impromptu car-karaoke sessions were what made you realized they were the one for you. You could pack lunch for two, and even make a CD or playlist of your favorite tunes on YouTube. Even something as simple as taking a walk and enjoying the beauty of nature, or preparing a special meal together can bring you closer as a couple and give you opportunities to talk and bond. If your finances have you sweating this Valentine’s Day, just remember that it really is the thought that counts, and that you don’t need to spend a lot of money to spend quality time with your significant other.
Going to the movies can be expensive, but a walk to your local grocery store to check out what RedBox has to offer might be a fun alternative; there are even video games to rent, for all you gamer couples. You can also grab a frozen pizza for dinner and a movie. That beats paying $16 for a bucket of popcorn and a large Coke to share, and you don’t have to deal with have chatty movie-goers or getting gum on your shoes. Do you have free on-demand movie options from your cable provider like Comcast or AT&T, or a streaming service like Hulu, or Netflix? If you do, and already have all the fixings for a movie night for two without leaving the comfort of your couch.
Not all couples can be together of Valentine’s Day, but if you’ve found this blog post, you probably use the internet for more than just reading personal finance blogs. Why not send your significant other a text, or a fun gif on Facebook? Chat online or give them a call when you have a moment, during your lunch break or simply because you were thinking of them. Even if they can’t answer, how nice would it be to receive that voicemail? Whatever you choose to do, make time for your loved one because time together is the most valuable gift you can share this Valentine’s Day.