Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not a Valentine’s Day hater. Stephanie (my wife) and I have celebrated it for the past eight years and I think it’s a nice way to set aside a special evening together. But over time we’ve moved our Valentine’s celebrations from conventional (AKA spendy) to creative, and we think that’s more frugal and romantic.
Interested? Here are my suggestions on how to remix your Valentine’s Day by keeping the fun and dropping the lavish spending!
Get creative with gift giving
Giving gifts to a loved one is a wonderful way to show you care. It’s one of the Five Love Languages and for many people it’s a major way they feel loved by their partner.
But that doesn’t mean you need to buy extravagant gifts that turn your bank account upside down! In my opinion, that shows you don’t care, at least about your joint future.
Here’s the key: The amount of happiness one receives from a gift is not, I repeat, not proportional to the amount of money you spend, regardless of what the watch and jewelry companies would have us believe.
Find Your Inner Chef
When most people think of Valentine’s Day evening, they think of fancy restaurants, with a waiter pouring the finest wines and bringing out courses of sumptuous food.
That’s a nice image, and in our spendy moments, we’ve found that it can indeed be fun. But we have just as much fun, if not more, creating our own delightful meals together!
If you’re a skilled chef, then awesome! Your food will be delicious.
Make it a Night to Remember
After you’ve demolished your delicious dinner, it’s time to enjoy your evening activity. There are so many ways to have a blast frugally. It takes creativity, and that’s what makes it special.
In years past, some of our Valentine’s Day and date activities have included:
If you’re planning, the trick is to know your partner and what they’d enjoy.
While #1 and #2 above are quite different than #3, it came during a time when we were both fairly exhausted at work and just wanted to relax together. It turned out to be just as much fun!
So brainstorm lots of activities your partner might enjoy, then make a shortlist out of the frugal ideas, do some quick research, and make it happen!
The Most Romantic Part
What’s the result of pursuing this compared to an unconventional Valentine’s Day? You end the evening much closer to financial freedom!
Remember, money is something we trade our time for. And time is the most valuable resource we have in this short life. So by saving money now, you’re enabling a future where you and your partner will have more freedom in how you spend your time and life together. I can’t think of many things more romantic than that!
How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day or dates? Any other frugal and romantic ideas for us and other readers? Please let us know if the comments!