How to have a thrifty Valentine’s Day

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With less than 24 hours to go before Valentine’s Day I thought I’d share some thrifty ideas on how to celebrate for less.

Like most commercial holidays, Valentine’s Day is seen as a money spinning venture by many places from supermarkets to restaurants.

However, with a few nifty thrifty tips, it’s easy to be savvy with your spending.

  • Wait to celebrate
    Waiting to celebrate at a later date can result in a larger saving.¬†Shops tend to discount holiday themed items such as cards, chocolates and flowers from the early evening of Valentine’s Day onwards. Alternatively, waiting to celebrate till the weekend after Valentine’s Day can work well if you wish to avoid a hefty restaurant bill. Choosing brunch or lunch rather than dinner can also work well.
  • Budget supermarkets
    This year Lidl and Aldi both have Valentine’s themed gifts, foods and ideas to help you celebrate on a small budget. The main supermarkets from Asda to Waitrose have a range of Valentine’s meal deals. However, taking my last point on board, it makes sense to wait and see if these deals are discounted late in the day. You may have less choice but you’ll have more money in your pocket!
  • Handmade gifts
    Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to get crafting! If you have a little one you could make your own Valentine’s card for next to nothing. Pinterest is full of ideas from potato prints and heart designs for the one you love. If you are lucky enough to have a flowering rose bush in your garden you can provide a bouquet for very little cost. Alternatively, you could search the charity shops for a personalised initial mug and fill it with their favourite chocolates, hot chocolate sachets or toiletries.
  • Give the gift of time
    Gifts don’t have to be expensive and it is the thought that counts. If you can’t afford to buy a gift then offer the gift of time instead. In fact, Money Saving Expert have a selection of free Valentine’s Day gift cheques that you can print and tuck inside your love’s Valentine’s card.
  • It’s the little things
    Often it’s the little things that mean the most in life. Sometimes, planning a lovely night in can be more enjoyable than going out. Running a bath, cooking a delicious meal and letting your loved one choose which film you watch can be a lovely way to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
  • Tell them you love them
    Valentine’s Day is a lovely reason to tell the ones you love that you love them! Some inexpensive ideas include writing an old fashioned love letter, leaving love notes around the house or sending them a text to let them know you are thinking of them.

If you have any of your own ideas for celebrating Valentine’s Day on a budget then I’d love to hear them so please comment below and don’t forget to subscribe!

Wishing you all a very happy Valentine’s Day and, as always, thank you so much for reading.

Love, Thrifty Mumma X

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