We’re coming up on that time again. Love is in the air, and after the year we’ve just had, let’s face it, we all need to focus on love. But with Valentine’s Day fast approaching, the worry about creating a lovely romantic evening with gifts and experiences creates a lot of pressure during an already stressful time. Then when we think about money, our worries deepen. From chocolates to dinner to jewelry, Canadians can put a dent in their bank accounts during this romantic month. But love doesnt always have to have a large price tag to mean something. Let’s take a look at 11 ideas for saving money this Valentine’s Day.
With the pandemic putting an unfortunate temporary end to dining out at a restaurant for most places, this tip should be a simple solution. Try to avoid ordering in and instead decide to cook dinner together. Not only will the process help you with saving money this Valentine’s Day, but it creates a very romantic moment as you and your partner cook a meal together. Or, if you want to take the reins, plan out your partner’s favourite meals and make it for them on the big day.
Grand romantic gestures are always a welcome sight, and they make life fun, but they can come at a cost. Saving money this Valentine’s Day can be easy if you decide to plan a much simpler but just as meaningful cozy romantic experience. Create a movie theatre experience at home by getting your partner’s favourite snacks and pop on a new movie from one of the many streaming services we have at our fingertips nowadays. Or play some board or card games with some wine and finger foods.
Or if cozy isn’t really what you want to go for this Valentine’s Day, that’s ok! Plan a hike to get some fresh air with your partner or go for a drive to some sightseeing areas in your home town. Sometimes a little adventure in your own area could be just what you and your partner need to get closer together.
There is no better way to show someone how much they mean to you than by giving them a gift you made yourself. You have so many options available to you: write a love letter, bake some cookies or cupcakes, knit a hat or scarf. These are just some ideas of the many homemade gifts you could give to your partner. Here is a great article that provides some helpful and romantic Valentine’s Day crafts if you need some help thinking up some crafty gifts. Remember, homemade gifts come from the heart, and it always means more when you create something for the person you love most.
If you aren’t too crafty or want to add a little store-bought gift to your homemade option, going simple is your best option. Simple gifts like flowers, candy or a nice card make saving money this Valentine’s Day easy. Quick but meaningful gifts like these are the perfect compliment to something you’ve made or to just a peaceful night in with your partner. Does your partner like a particular author? Does he or she like adult colouring books? Think about what they like to do in their spare time and see if you can add a gift tied to their interest to your Valentine’s Day surprise.
We all have photos of our significant others, either digitally or physically. This time of year is the perfect opportunity to give your partner a truly memorable surprise by creating a photo album of memories spent together. Many online options make creating a photo album both easy and affordable, so there won’t be any worries when it comes time to make your album.
Groupon offers a simple way to find deals for gifts and services. Since we are still facing the COVID-19 pandemic at the time of this writing, you can use Groupon to help save on a wide variety of deliverable Valentine’s Day gifts like flowers and gift baskets. You can also use Groupon to save on meal kits and other experiences you and your partner can do together at home.
Spa’s can be expensive, that is no secret. Instead of going to a spa, most of us can’t right now away ways, thanks to pandemic lockdowns, create a DIY spa at home. Set aside some space in your home, light a few candles, turn the lights down low and give your partner the entire spa experience. Messages, facemasks, calming music, the experience can all be done from home at a fraction of the cost. Another great and affordable idea is to make your own bath bombs and give your partner some time to themselves in a relaxing bath.
Do you have some credit cards that come with reward points or cashback? If so, you have an excellent way to save money on buying Valentine’s Day gifts. As you use your credit card throughout the year and pay off your balances, use the points you earn to get gift cards and other rewards for the person who matters most to you. If you plan on saving money this Valentine’s Day, you have a great resource with your credit card rewards.
Are you and your partner health nuts? Do you both enjoy working out? Or maybe you’re thinking about incorporating more physical activity into your day-to-day lives? Instead of the traditional dinner and gifts, try making the day focused on pursuing healthy activities together. Go for a long run in your neighbourhood, look for local nature paths to walk through, or simply do some relaxing yoga together. There are many options you can do at home while also adhering to health and safety regulations currently in effect.
Picture this, a night at home with your partner, glasses of wine, some cheese and crackers, and two blank canvases. It sounds like a nice night in, right? Make creating art together the focus of this Valentine’s Day. Forget about the traditional gifts and instead create something you both can keep forever. Order some painting supplies from your local craft store or online and set up a temporary studio in your home. You can choose an image to paint together or create a painting for each other of whatever you like!
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