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Valentine’s Day on a Budget

Posted On: February 2nd, 2018

It’s February 14, so it only feels appropriate to make my first post about Valentine’s Day. Each year I struggle to find the perfect way to make my spouse feel special while staying on budget. This year I vowed would be different, so I have compiled a list of ways to make Valentine’s Day meaningful on a budget!

Dinner at Home

  • I know what you are thinking: I make dinner every night, and this should be the night to go out. Wrong. Restaurants are overcrowded on Valentine’s Day, which means longer wait times and cramped seating. Instead, try cooking a special dinner at home with these sure-fire recipes.

Head Outdoors

  • Just because it is February doesn’t mean you have to stay cooped up indoors. Gather the family and go on a hike at one of the metro parks around town or have a family sledding day. You’ll get some exercise and have an excuse to make a few mugs of delicious homemade hot chocolate to get everyone warmed up. Feeling really ambitious? Do a 5K run or walk with your special someone. Register for the Chocolate and Beer 5K here:
    http://chocolateandbeervalentinesday.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=4858

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Don’t Forget the Kids

  • I have found kids love Valentine’s Day just as much as adults. Here are some simple ways to include your kids in the festivities.
    • Write a letter or poem describing all the reasons you love them.
    • Plan a scavenger hunt.
    • Have an indoor picnic complete with heart-shaped food.

    No matter the activity you choose, remember to keep the focus on enjoying quality time with those you love.