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Frugal Valentine's Day Gifts, Saving Money on Valentine's Day
It's easy to go overboard buying gifts for your sweetheart on Valentine's day. As much as they love receiving gifts, the price much less important than the sentiment. This is a guide about frugal Valentine's day gifts.
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February 2, 201012 found this helpful

This would be perfect for Valentines Day treats whether for your partner, family, friends, or neighbors.

I heard the idea about replacing fortune cookie fortunes with your own fortune and decided to investigate online how to do it. I was really skeptical about whether all of the ideas were really workable so I purchased a box of LaChoy fortune cookies and proceeded to test.

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Well, turned out that trying to pull the original fortune out with tweezers wouldn't work because the hole wasn't large enough and the tweezers broke the cookies. I tried two other ideas I read online to soften the cookie by steaming or microwaving but alas those ideas didn't work either and there was no way to pull out the original fortune.

Well, not one to give up, I went to the Chinese restaurant down the street and explained what I was trying to do and they donated a few to me. Guess what? The holes in theirs were large enough to pull the fortune out with tweezers! I proceeded to make my own fortunes appropriate for who I am giving them to for Valentines Day and folded them and placed them inside the cookies using the tweezers.

Of course, it's not Valentine's Day yet but I am sure they'll be a hit ;-)

By Deeli from Richland, WA

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February 3, 20100 found this helpful

I did this to tell my parents and in-laws that we were expecting our first child! It was a huge hit. We took them out to eat at a Chinese restaurant & then had the waiter bring the fortune cookies that I had put "we are having a baby!" inside.

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February 9, 20100 found this helpful

What a sweet idea, literally! If you wanted, I'd imagine you could even get the recipe for fortune cookies online (most recipe sites should have it) and make the cookies, too.

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February 10, 20100 found this helpful

It's easy to make fortune cookies! I made them for my wedding six years ago. I made two batches -- one traditional almond flavor, and one chocolate (Martha Stewart's recipes.) Then I cut circles of the diameter I wanted out of thin craft foam sheets. Using the foam sheet as a template, I spread the batter with a metal spatula to get an even thickness. Only bake a few at at time so that you have time to shape them, inserting fortunes, before they cool. You may want to wear gloves to do this. I printed out our favorite verses and put one in each cookie, along with our names and the date. I put one almond cookie and one chocolate cookie in a small chinese takeout carton (that I had covered in toile), to which I attached a streamer with the guest's name as a place card. It was a fun project (depending on your nerves the week of your wedding!) and a memorable favor!

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February 15, 2010

One Valentine's Day for my husband, I made a CD with a slide show of favorite pics over the years. I added music and a loving note at the end of the slide show, printed a CD label with a pretty picture and gave it to him for Valentines Day. He loved it.

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The CD cost me little, but was so special because I took the time to put it together for him. He still pulls it out and looks at it on occasion.

I also made one for our daughter when she married, using pics from baby to the day she walked down the aisle. she loved it too. It really is a neat gift.

By gr8dnm from Colorado

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February 18, 20100 found this helpful

Fantastic tip! So many people have more "stuff" than they need. I'm one of them, and would rather have something like this (or simply time with my loved ones) than a new outfit, piece of jewelry or scent I won't wear because I rarely leave my house.

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February 13, 2006

For a frugal Valentine gift to your honey, make a favorite meal that they enjoy. Then have their favorite movies ready (I get them at the library or rent them). Or any movie that is special to the both of you--like the movie you saw on your first date together.

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By Diane from Paradise PA

Do you have any Frugal Valentine's Day tips to share? Post them below.

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February 9, 20070 found this helpful

My husband likes a "traditional" breakfast; coffee, toast, bacon & eggs. For Valentine's I use a heart shaped cookie cutter to cut a heart out of slices of bread. I toast the shapes as usual and use the bread slices (buttered) to make fried eggs-in-the-hole. He always gets a kick out of it.

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February 9, 20070 found this helpful

Instead of making brownies in a brownie pan make them in individual heart shaped pans & frost them with pink frosting. Happy valentines day to you all.

joesgirl

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January 3, 20080 found this helpful

There are lots of Valentine's Day ideas, including frugal suggestions here:

http://best.val  esgift.ever.com/

Look for "Twelve Steps To Organizing the Perfect Valentine's Day Celebration"

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January 28, 20093 found this helpful

My sweetie is not into big gifts, fancy cards, or other holiday kitsch so this Valentine's day I am showing my love for him in a very heartfelt way. I made a heart pattern that will fit on a 3x3 inch post-it note. I cut out 50 heart shaped post-it notes (so far) in various pastel colors. On each of them I wrote a reason why I love him using a fun colored pen.

Some of them are silly, some are serious, and some only he'll know the true meaning! Anyway, on Valentine's day, I plan on turning his entire bathroom mirror into a Valentine card. At the top I'll add a sign that says "Why I Love" with an arrow pointing down to him every time he stands at the vanity. I can't think of a more personalized Valentine message.

By Terri from Denver, CO

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January 28, 20090 found this helpful

that's really cool!! Thanks for sharing :D

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January 29, 20090 found this helpful

You are so sweet-brought tears to my eyes. I wish you both a lifetime of love!

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January 29, 20090 found this helpful

You sound like one sweet, thoughtful and creatively resourceful gal. I sure hope that fella realizes what a prize he's got in you! He should treat you like royalty every day.

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February 3, 20090 found this helpful

Terri

What a loving idea!I write love notes in red lipstick on our bathroom mirror to my sweetheart of 25 years this September. Thanks for sharing! I think I'll take your idea and put some hearts in his lunch box!

Hugs,

Jennifer CA

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February 2, 2007

Today, I started what I am calling the "14 Days of Valentine". I am leaving a pink paper heart and a small chocolate heart on my husband's pillow every day. On the heart I am writing "14 Days of Valentine" on the back, and an attribute of his that I like on the front. The first I wrote with a calligraphy pen, "You are Sweet". I will probably write more like "You are Kind", "You have Sweet Kisses", etc.

I just bought one .73 piece of pink posterboard, and cut out 14 medium sized hearts from that, and a $2.97 bag of hearts (a mix of peanut butter, crisps, and plain chocolate). You can have a big surprise planned on the 14th day, dinner, movie, etc., or I bet he will be ready to take you out on the town by then! Just use your imagination and have fun.

By Sandy from Hernando, FL

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February 2, 20070 found this helpful

My friend told me that he had heard that men spend an average of $100 on Valentine's gifts and that women spend an average of $50 on Valentine's gifts. I think that is outrageous!

I think your idea is very sweet and also very financially conscientious. I hope that you and your husband have a very Happy Valentine's Day celebration.

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December 22, 20070 found this helpful

That is a nice idea!! This site has information about valentine's day, such as a collection of the best free valentine ecards to send to your valentine and selection of the best romantic movies of all time to watch on valentines day, with your valentine of course!

http://best.val  esgift.ever.com/

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February 14, 2012

This year, I made homemade valentines using magazine cutouts and cardstock I had on hand, unused postcards from trips taken together and printouts of valentine graphics on craft sites. So the cost of the card is free. I searched the net for saying "I love you" in several languages. I live in Maine and there are several towns such as China, Denmark, Vienna, New Sweden, Athens and so on. For 88 cents per card, you can mail a card to the town's Postmaster and ask for a postmark. So it is 45 cents postage on the card you want to come back to you and 45 cents to send it all to the Postmaster. On each card envelope, I wrote I love you in the matching language. My husband loves travel and is getting a real kick out of this!

By glimmer62 from Maine

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February 15, 20120 found this helpful

Don't forget Love, Saskatchewan, Canada! Postage is a bit more, but the teddy bear postmark would be worth it!

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February 4, 20051 found this helpful

Instead of paper valentines, buy some flower seeds at the dollar store (usually 6-10/$1) and give them to your friends with a note that says something like - "MY LOVE FOR YOU GROWS AND GROWS!"

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February 4, 20050 found this helpful

Here is a great way to tell your loved one why you love them. On your computer write sentences like "I love how you love me", "I love your eyes", "I love how you play with the kids". You get the idea.

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September 21, 20151 found this helpful

This is a guide about making an "I love you because..." jar. A jar or other container filled with the many reasons you love the recipient makes a unique and treasured gift.

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February 19, 2009

For Valentine's Day, I cut out a decorative arrangement from a glossy magazine (in this case of feathers and ribbon with a cupid, actually) and then mounted it with spray adhesive on some cardboard I had saved.

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February 13, 2008

I have eleven grandchildren, ages 13 years to 3 months old, so even buying cards for holidays can become expensive. I love to send out something small to each child. In January, I scored a cheap alternative to Valentine's Day cards at my local grocery store.

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July 1, 20051 found this helpful

For a cheap way to say I Love You to someone special, take an eraser and write a special message such as I Love You with maybe a heart or something on the bathroom mirror.

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February 11, 20020 found this helpful

What are your favorite ideas for your Valentines Day gifts or activities?

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February 12, 20020 found this helpful

You don't need to be artistic to create your own Valentine card. Use old newspapers and magazines, cut out words, phrases and images to make a romantic or funny Valentine message. Paste your message on a big, red heart cut from construction paper.

Put on your reddest lipstick, pucker up and kiss several a sheet of plain, white paper. Repeat until you get a good kiss print, then personalize with your Valentine message.

Many radio stations allow listeners to call in and dedicate songs. Find a local radio station that does, then phone in your dedication; make sure your sweetie is listening!

- Marianne

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January 16, 20080 found this helpful

I bought rose petals made a picnic lunch with wine and chocolate covered strawberries. I blind folded him and we went to then lake. I had a picnic blanket and candles set up by a fire for a romantic Valentine's surprise for my boyfriend and he loved it!

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January 25, 20080 found this helpful

This site has a good list of Valentine Day gifts and activities:

http://best.val  esgift.ever.com/

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