Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays. I love the pretty flowers, big balloons the awesome decorations and tasty treats. All the glittery sparkles and glamorous designs of valentines day, makes excessive spending very easy to do. If I’m not careful, my favorite holiday could become a budget nightmare.
Creating a budget for special holidays and birthdays is extremely important. These special occasions are only once a year; and should be properly managed against on-going expenses.
HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU SPENT MORE THAN YOU WOULD’VE LIKED, AND HAD TO MAKE A SACRIFICE IN ANOTHER AREA?
Next to Christmas, consumer spending trends are very high on Valentine’s Day. We spend money getting our hair done, nails done, cute outfits, fancy dinners, and expensive gifts. Consider making these few adjustments for this years Valentines Day.
Budget Friendly Ideas
1. Plan / Save Ahead- The best way to execute a project is to have a plan. I like to save for special occasions a month in advance; this allows me to spend my desired amount. Waiting till the last minute, may mean lots of sacrifices later, smaller gifts, or not celebrating the occasion at all. Note: If you have children, find a babysitter and a backup sitter a month in advance. Couples have cancelled their plans due to no childcare.
2. Write a Love Letter- Instead of buying a card, write a love letter to your significant other. I have spent hours in the card section of a department store because I couldn’t find a card that truly expressed my feelings.
Savings: $5-$8 Way to go girlfriend!
3. Cook Dinner at Home– The freezer section of the grocery store is filled with delicious easy 30 minute meals. Also, buying a rotisserie chicken (fully cooked), adding a few steamable vegetables, and a pack of Kings Hawaiian Rolls is a huge money saver.
Savings: $50 dollars plus tip You’re doing great!
4. Watch a Netflix or Hulu Movie– Watching a movie at home, could be very intimate. I know for me, It can get pretty uncomfortable trying to lay on someone with a huge arm rest stuck between us two
Savings: $24 (2 adult tickets) $7 (popcorn) $8 (2 drinks) Total: $38 You’re on your way!
5. Take a Trip to the Dollar Store- The dollar store is filled with great decorations, champagne glasses, greeting cards, balloons, and candy. When buying food always be sure to check the expiration date. You don’t want to have a upset stomach on Valentine’s Day!
Savings: Come on ladies, Its the dollar store!
6. Make a Homemade Gift– I love spending time with my mother in the craft store. Its home for amazing diy projects. You can make jewelry, paint pictures, design scrapbooks, and so much more.
Savings: $50-$100 You are outstanding!
7. Holiday Coupons– Search for great Valentine’s Day deals in your area. Don’t be embarrassed to use coupons; if you can save extra cash now, you’ll have a few extra dollars later.
Savings: Discounts. Who wants to pay full price? Uh, Not Me!
Valentine’s Day is a great day to show your undeniable love for someone, but don’t spend what you don’t have.
Love and Wishes,
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