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How to Celebrate Valentine's Day on a Tight Budget: Yes, It Can Be Done!

Valentine's Day is two weeks away.  Economic times are tough and celebrating a holiday adds extra stress.  The Christmas bills just rolled in and now it is time to buy more gifts.  However, it does not have to be stressful.  Here are some ideas to make Valentine's Day special and not blow your budget. 

The movie theaters will be releasing new romantic movies in time for Valentine's Day.  It's easy to spend $30.00 for two hours of entertainment.  If you or your spouse have your heart set on seeing one of the latest releases, it can be done.  Go see a matinee.  Several dollars will be saved by going early.  Another benefit is that the theater will be less crowded.  Also, if you are a member or a credit union or AAA, see if they offer discounted tickets.  Be sure to pay attention to the restrictions.   Skip the concession stand and save at least $10.00.  However, if you cannot pass up having buttery popcorn and a soda, share it with your spouse for savings.

There are alternatives to spending money at the movie theater.  Check out www.netflix.com and have the movie shipped to your mailbox with free shipping and a postage paid return envelope.  Another idea is to watch the recording of your wedding day.  Reliving your special day is a memorable way to celebrate the day of love

Of course, what would Valentine's Day be without flowers and candy?  However, the price of flowers increases substantially during the month of February.  Instead of spending around $50.00 for a dozen red roses, show your creative side.  Go to the florist or the floral department at your local grocery store and select bouquets of mixed flowers.  Purchase a vase and arrange the flowers yourself.  The price of a box of good candy is not inexpensive either.  Why not make homemade candy?  Purchase some chocolate from the baking aisle of your local supermarket.  Dip strawberries and pretzels in the melted chocolate.  See www.allrecipes.com for a recipe for chocolate dipped strawberries.  See www.cooks.com for recipes for chocolate dipped pretzels.  Purchase a box or candy container for your homemade delights.

If you really want to keep your Valentine's Day celebration as frugal as possible, make your own Valentine's Day Card.  Check out the craft department at Wal-Mart or Hobby Lobby.  Decorations will be relatively inexpensive.  Write a simple poem or heartfelt message and you have a card your spouse will cherish. 

Finally, how to put it all together.  Plan an indoor picnic in your living room.  Build a fire in the fireplace and spread out a blanket.  If you don't enjoy cooking, order takeout from your favorite restaurant.  You'll save money on drinks and the tip.  Use the bouquet as a centerpiece.  After dinner, present the handmade card and homemade candy,  It will be a Valentine's Day you and your spouse will always remember. 

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