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Inexpensive Ideas for Celebrating Valentine’s Day 2017

Feb 8, 2017

Valentine’s Day has its fair share of skeptics. Some chalk up the holiday as an obvious ploy to sell candy and flowers. Others get in the heart-shaped spirit. Either way, there are affordable ways to celebrate the holiday of love, whether it’s with a significant other, friend, or solo! See below for a few affordable suggestions for celebrating Valentine’s Day in 2017.

Inexpensive Valentine’s Day Ideas

For your romantic partner

The standard Valentine’s Day celebration for a couple of lovebirds usually involves a fancy dinner. Factor in wine and chocolates and the final tab can break the bank. In 2017, consider eating at home and trying a new recipe together. Social media is ripe with short-form cooking tutorials for any palate. Some videos even breakdown the meal by cost, helping to save additional dollars when stopping by the grocery store. Apply the money you saved from skipping a night out and apply it to a future adventure – like a vacation or tickets to an event!

For your friends

According to the National Retail Federation, consumers are expected to spend over $18 billion on Valentine’s Day in 2017. Twenty percent of that budget will be spent on gifts and celebrations with friends. Instead of a standard happy hour or exchanging red and pink trinkets, take part in a fun activity as a pair or group. Think outside the norm to make for a memorable gathering. Activities like ice skating or indoor rock climbing should run about $20 per person and will yield hours of unforgettable entertainment.

For your kids

One of the most cherished parts of Valentine’s Day for kids is the exchange of Valentine’s Day cards as a classroom. While packaged and branded cards aren’t overly expensive, making the cards at home can be a fun activity that also saves a few dollars. With a home printer, some paper, and a jumbo pack of crayons, you can assemble unique cards for any age group. Find a few free Valentine’s Day coloring pages online and pair the printouts with three or four crayons. Or buy a bag of candy and tape a short message to each piece for an easy and inexpensive Valentine’s Day card hack sure to please any classroom.

For yourself

Valentine’s Day is also a great excuse to treat yourself! Instead of a box of chocolates or flowers from the grocery store, think about a long-term goal you’ve had your mind on and take a small step toward accomplishing it. If you want to be more organized, purchase a bullet journal or daily calendar. Working on your fitness? Most discount stores carry inexpensive workout equipment, like free weights or resistance bands. Making a small purchase for yourself that will last beyond the national day of love is truly an act of self-care.

Celebrating Valentine’s Day

There will always be Valentine’s Day cynics, but for those who do celebrate, there are ways to avoid overspending. Keep these ideas in mind when celebrating in 2017!
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Erin Ellis
Accredited Financial Counselor
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