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Last-minute valentines on a budget

Valentine's Day is rapidly approaching.  In local high schools, this is an opportunity for everyone to tell that special someone how much they care.  Often, schools provide such services as the sweetheart matching, where each student is able to determine who in the school is the best match for them based on surveys filled out in homeroom; or flowers or candy sent to student classrooms.  Some schools even offer the opportunity to send a singing Valentine to that special someone. 

The bad thing about all such programs, however, is that they tend to be offered in the days leading up to Valentine's Day.  What happens when that special day approaches and you have failed to provide your sweetheart with the gift they dream of--and worse, you have no money for an expensive, store-bought gesture? 

Thankfully, there are a number of options for students (and other individuals) on a budget. 

  • A single rose can have just as powerful an effect as a dozen--and they're usually relatively inexpensive.  Try grocery stores--particularly Wal-Mart--for added ease in purchasing. 
  • A homemade card can express your feelings far more accurately than anything store-bought, and will be far more meaningful. 
  • Showcase your skills in the kitchen and bake something for that special someone.  Ladies:  the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, after all!  And gentlemen:  you can never go wrong with chocolate.  Check out Taste of Home for a selection of Valentine's recipes and ideas.
  • Are you a closet poet?  What about a musician?  A poem or song written just for your sweetheart can touch their hearts in ways that nothing else can. 

Remember:  it really is the thought that counts...as long as you put action to it at the same time.  In the end, your time, effort, and attention are the things that will make the holiday memorable.

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