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6 Frugal Valentine’s Day Gifts for Romantics

Posted By Jeff Yeager On February 6, 2012 @ 10:41 am In Money & Savings | Comments Disabled

[1]Even cheapskates [2] like me get struck by cupid’s arrow on Valentine’s Day. But that doesn’t mean I’ll be spending anywhere close to the $158 the National Retail Federation says that the average guy will spend on his sweetheart this February 14. Here are some tips for saying amore for a lessee this lover’s holiday:

  • Breakfast in bed. Skip the crowded, overpriced dinner out. Surprise your valentine with breakfast in bed instead. Set your alarm a little early and try my romantic favorite [3]: pieces of toast with a heart shapes cut out and eggs fried in the center, like this [4]. Breakfast in bed is always a treat, especially on a Tuesday morning!
  • A lifetime’s worth of roses. Rather than shell out big bucks for a dozen roses that’ll be dead in a few days, buy your lover a rosebush to plant outside. Many varieties of rosebushes can live 30 or more years, and attractive landscaping increases the value of your home [5]. Depending on your climate, some rose bushes can be planted right now; or order one for delivery when it’s planting time and just include a picture it in your Valentine’s Day card. 
  • Chocolate crockpot fondue. No holiday is complete without breaking out the crockpot. [6] Forget about the $30 heart shaped box of chocolates, and try this simple, inexpensive recipe [7] for chocolate fondue made in the crockpot instead. It’s something the whole family can enjoy.
  • Now that’s hot lingerie. I guess priorities and tastes change as you grow older, but last Valentine’s Day my wife and I exchanged bright red “union suits” – one piece sets of thermal underwear – with each other to wear instead of pajamas. We both think they look kind of sexy (in a lumber camp sort of way!), and I like the fact that we can turn down the thermostat [8] at night, because between our union suits and each other, we stay nice and warm.
  • Private-label cheap champagne. I’ve ranted before about the high price we pay for fancy packaging. Instead, buy an inexpensive bottle of champagne [9]or other libation you think your sweetheart will enjoy, and then make it really fancy by removing the cheap label and using this free website [10]to design and print out a romantic “private label” for your Valentines celebration. [11]
  • Anything homemade, from the heart … or in the shape of one. It’s truly the thought that counts, and nothing says “I’ve been thinking about you” more than a gift you make yourself. Here’s a picture of the pin I made for my wife the first Valentine’s Day we were married. I carved it from a piece of wood I’d secretly saved from the first Christmas tree of our marriage the December before. The cost: free. The reaction when I gave it to her: priceless.

Have a happy Valentine’s Day, but Stay Cheap!

Watch Jeff’s cheap tips on Fox news. [12]

LOVE cupcake courtesy of Weenee [13] via Flickr Creative Commons; homemade heart by Jeff Yeager.


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[1] Image: http://aarpblog.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/love-cupcake.jpg

[2] cheapskates: http://www.aarp.org/money/budgeting-saving/info-10-2010/savings_challenge_cheapskate_etiquette.html

[3] romantic favorite: http://www.aarp.org/money/budgeting-saving/info-09-2010/savings_challenge_cheap_date_tips.html

[4] like this: http://pinchmysalt.com/2009/02/09/valentines-day-breakfast-idea-heart-shaped-egg-in-a-nest/

[5] landscaping increases the value of your home: http://www.aarp.org/home-garden/gardening/info-04-2011/repurposing-for-yard-garden.html

[6] the crockpot.: http://www.aarp.org/money/budgeting-saving/info-10-2009/slow_cooking.html

[7] this simple, inexpensive recipe: http://momswithcrockpots.com/2012/01/chocolate-fondue-crock-pot/

[8] turn down the thermostat: http://www.aarp.org/money/budgeting-saving/info-12-2009/five_keys_to_cut_heating_costs.html

[9] inexpensive bottle of champagne : http://blog.aarp.org/2011/11/09/holiday-wine-shopping-4-thrifty-tips/

[10] this free website : http://freelabelmaker.com/

[11] Image: http://aarpblog.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/heart2.jpg

[12] Watch Jeff’s cheap tips on Fox news.: http://www.foxnews.com/video2/video08.html?maven_referralObject=3551713&maven_referralPlaylistId=&sRevUrl=http://www.foxnews

[13] Weenee: http://www.flickr.com/photos/love-a-cupcake/

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