Money-saving Tips for Valentine’s Day
Showering the special someone in your life with love doesn’t have to cost a bundle. With a little thought, and a lot of creativity, you and your sweetheart can enjoy Valentine’s Day on a budget. Try these inexpensive ideas.
Rather than fighting the crowds and paying for a high-priced dinner, make your mate a feast that rivals any at a 5-star restaurant. Start with a nice bottle of bubbly in front of a roaring fire, then enjoy a candlelight meal that includes your Valentine’s favorite foods. For dessert, serve a heart-shaped chocolate cake smothered in fudge frosting and sprinkled with cinnamon hearts.
Plan a treasure hunt
Add to the excitement of the holiday by planning a treasure hunt. This is an especially fun event for a first Valentine’s Day spent as a committed couple. Start the game as soon as your loved one walks in the door. Hand over the first clue and have loads of fun watching your sweetheart follow the trail.
Include dinner as one of the discoveries and hide another clue in the food. End the hunt with your Valentine discovering a favorite DVD and a box of chocolates to munch on while you curl up and watch the movie together.
Write love notes on 30 pieces of paper. Fold up the notes and place them in a mason jar decorated with your Valentine’s name and hearts. Give the jar to your sweetheart with instructions to open one note each day over the next month.
Make homemade chocolate-covered strawberries
No food embodies romance better than chocolate-covered strawberries, and you can make these delicacies yourself without busting your budget. Buy fresh or whole frozen strawberries, melt a cup of semisweet chocolate chips in a double boiler and add a half tablespoon of cooking oil.
Stir the chocolate mixture well and remove the pot from the stove. Dip the strawberries and place them on wax paper to allow them to cool and set before refrigerating them for several hours so the chocolate can form a solid coating.
What’s more romantic than wishing on a falling star? Brush up on astronomy before heading out to scan the night sky so you can play the role of well-informed tour guide to the heavens. Bring along binoculars and a warm blanket so you can snuggle up as you marvel at Mother Nature’s handiwork.