With the day of lovers quickly approaching, now is the time to start thinking about how to make it spectacular, even on a budget. Many people this year are concerned about their finances but still want to celebrate Valentines Day in style. Following are some heartfelt ways to show you care without breaking the bank:
Valentines Day Budget-Saver #1:
Nothing says love like music. Many of us can remember receiving a special mix of music from a high school beau or that first true love in college. Why not put the plan to work for you this Valentines Day? Create your own mixed CD with a group of songs that hold special meaning for you as a couple, or perhaps music that he really enjoys. With home computer publishing programs you can even design a cover for the CD with a special picture or date.
Valentines Day Budget-Saver #2:
One couple who found their relationship stretched by work and family demands began keeping a journal of small notes to one another. In it, they set special nights out together, expressed their love for one another, gave reminders, and even began planning a vacation for just the two of them through the journal. This Valentines Day, purchase an attractive journal and pen, tie them together with pretty ribbon, and include a note stating the journal's purpose.
Valentines Day Budget-Saver #3:
Breakfast in bed is a real treat for couples on the go. Arrange for some time together at the beginning of the day with a special breakfast. Prepare his favorite early morning menu and serve it on your best dishes. You might also include a basket of breakfast goodies, such as Belgian waffle mix, pure maple syrup and her favorite coffee blend. For the guys, make sure to clean up afterward if you really want to treat your sweetheart - nothing says love to a woman like a clean kitchen can.
Valentines Day Budget-Saver #4:
Many turn their thoughts to jewelry on February 14. It's certainly a time-honored way to gift the one you love. If your significant other loves jewelry, but you're unable to splurge this year, why not think simpler. For instance, choose a simple pair of earrings or a necklace. For the woman who owns a charm bracelet, select a new charm to add to her collection. Symbolizing all sorts of occasions and sentiments, charms are a wonderful way to tell her how much she means to you. For the woman who does not own a charm bracelet, this might be the year to spend a bit more and begin the tradition. Charms can be added thereafter on holidays and other memorable times. You'll never run out of ideas for gifts when it comes to charm bracelets.
Valentines Day Budget-Saver #5:
Why not spend some time together enjoying a favorite hobby or interest? For the book-loving couple, head to a favorite local bookstore, browse the selections and purchase a book for each other, followed by coffee or a special treat. Couples who enjoy golf might head to the driving range (indoor or outdoor depending on the climate). Attend a wine course or another class of interest through a local community education program.
Valentines Day Budget-Saver #6:
Plan a special evening together at home. Cook a favorite meal, and perhaps splurge on a nice bottle of wine. Following dinner, cuddle up on the sofa with a movie, complete with melted chocolate and strawberries for a truly extravagant treat.
Valentines Day Budget-Saver #7:
Create a V-Day version of the "Honey-Do List", only with a twist. Using a computer, create a book of coupons of projects and chores she's been wanting you to complete or ones that she herself dislikes doing. Present it to her with the promise to fulfill the requests, giving the two of you more time to enjoy each other's company.
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