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For those of you who may not feel "artistic", please consider this unique Valentine's Day Gift: A Valentine's Day Letter.
Cut some 8x11 inch paper in half and fold into a booklet. Name it "I love you for..." On each subsequent page write one little memory, from your past that helps endear you to your loved one. You may add photos or memorabilia if you want. This even helps remind you of how blessed you are!
By Diane from Paradise PA
Also, chocolate lollipops are EASY! Just melt the chocolate (it doesn't have to be for dipping- good quality chips will do without having to add anything else, like wax or shortening) in a double boiler or defrost in the microwave. Make sure it does not scorch in the microwave. Lollipop molds & sticks are CHEAP, and molds don't have to be greased.
I put this recipe in heart shaped lollipop molds, and it turned out SO CUTE!
Melt some chocolate (chocolate chips are fine). Put some chocolate into the bottom of some small paper candy cups. Put a peanut butter ball in the cup and fill the cup with chocolate. Refrigerate until set.
Freeze and then thaw to prepare on the 14th. Also look for wonderful desserts reduced and freeze to thaw. I purchased a premium box of chocolates on sale for 75% off at the drugstore in the Christmas clearance. I froze them and will thaw the morning of the 14th.
If you want to go out, try to have your romantic dinner at lunch, this will save you $$$$$, also you will not have the long wait for a table at lunch time.
The early movie is a great way to save money if you can take in the afternoon showing. If you want to watch a romantic movie at home, start looking on eBay now and bid on your favorite movie, so you will have it for the 14th. Our local Walmart has a Redbox to rent movies from for a $1.00, Krogers also has a movie rental for a $1.00.
If you have cards to mail, shop at one of your local dollar stores for nice cards at 2 for a $1.00. We have a Dollar General and another dollar store close, if you buy early there is a good selection to pick from.
If you are having dinner at home and want flowers, the best prices can be found at the grocery store and Walmart on cut flowers. To save on a sexy nightie, again look now at the sales, Kohl's has some great sales on end of season nighties, bras, and panties not to mention other department stores that are also offering coupons for extra % off on clearance items.
Source: These are things I do each year to save. Hope this helps you, too.
By Bobbie from Rockwall
If you buy candy in red and green wrappers (like Hershey's kisses) after Christmas on clearance; you can use the red for Valentine's and the green for St Pat's. Also, buy the chocolate and use if for baking for Valentine's Day, etc.
Below are tips from our archive and new tips. We are adding more every day until Valentine's day so bookmark this page. You can post your ideas online send them to firstname.lastname@example.org Updated 2/14/2001
My husband called to invite me to a romantic dinner for Valentine's Day. He said "I'd like to take you to dinner, just the two of us. I've made reservations for 7pm at your favorite restaurant.
One year we didn't have much money, and I wanted to do something my husband would remember, so I went to the dollar store and bought a bunch of junk. Bear with me here, folks, it gets better!
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After holiday sales are a great time to shop. After Valentine's Day sales will bring many opportunities to save. Its a good time to shop for anything red or white that you can use to decorate your home.
Right after Valentine's Day is a great time to buy candy for less. You can purchase and freeze chocolate for future baking projects and it's usually half price or less.
You don't have to break the bank to show your Valentine how special they are to you. This is a guide about Valentine's day on a shoestring budget.
Planning to give a loved one jewelry for Valentine's day, seek out, say, a heart shaped necklace, pearls, or diamond earrings during the Christmas sales. They are usually cheaper and you have a wider selection to choose from.
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After being married for 11 years, I am running out of creative ideas for Valentine's day. I'd love to hear some inexpensive unique ideas.
By Leigh from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Make a coupon book for your honey for their favorite things or things that speak to their love language. Back rubs, cherry pie, favorite cookies, bubble bath, help mowing the yard, etc. You'll get lots of fun out of the results.
I make cards anyway, so I'll make a Valentine for him, and I plan to make his favorite meal for dinner. That's going to be a pretty busy day for me (helping prepare food for my daughter's classroom party at school), but I hope to pick up some inexpensive flowers for our table, too. That's about as exciting as it gets for us. But I think we'll be happy with it.
I was going to suggest the coupon book also. It was a big hit with my husband. Depending on how many coupons you include & how quickly he uses them, your gift could last quite awhile. One year the coupon book was made up of only coupons for "romance". I was surprised at how much "spice" it put into our marriage.
Another gift that keeps on giving is the "Treat of the Month" gift. Whether you make it a treat he can eat, or things like back rubs, he can look forward to getting a gift each month for a year. This year I'm doing a Treasure Hunt for my husband. On crinkled brown paper (like a paper bag} I wrote out the clues. I burned the edges of the paper to help make them look old. Each clue leads to another clue around the house. I'll bake his favorite dessert & surround it w/ foil-wrapped chocolate coins, & the last clue will lead to it. I think he'll like it. :oD
Wow, some good ideas there. Thanks so much!
Baskin and Robins ice cream shop has an ice cream that is usually only available the month of Feb. So I buy my husband a quart of ice cream. Oh, by the way the ice cream goes by the name, Love Potion #23. how appropriate, and it is YUMMO!
Last year, I used this free resource:
You'll see they have a variety of puzzles you make create. I made my hubby a personalized word search puzzle (with words or phrases related to him and/or us).
If you are pretty comfortable with using something like Word, you can copy and paste it into a document and jazz it up with some nicer fonts and clipart.
I just gave him some of his favourite chocolates along with it...