Valentine’s Day On A Budget

Maybe I could just walk around all day with heart balloons?

I love the thought of Valentine’s Day, but I do believe we should flower our special someone more than once a year. Instead of emptying your wallet this February 14th, why not just make it a special day? Since I’m on a budget, holidays are always a bit tricky, but here are Three Unique Ways to show your love on Valentine’s Day.

1. Make a Special Dinner Together

This one can get pricey, but if you split the cost with your hunny, it won’t end up too bad. Mike and I have a tradition of a surf and turf dinner for V-Day. There’s usually steak and lobster, but if lobster is too much we’ll go for shrimp. We learned that going to Asian markets is the best way to buy lobster. We got both the lobsters below in Chinatown (NYC) two years ago for $20 — that’s a steal. We’re hoping that we find a deal like this in Chicago’s Chinatown or around Arygle this year.


I like the idea of a home-cooked meal better than a restaurant meal because you get to make it together, you can watch a movie while you eat — if you’d like, and you know how much it’s going to cost. And, how can you forget, after you’re stuffed you don’t have to worry about moving.

2. Order a box from Luvmybox.


This company approached me to review it. I wouldn’t normally subscribe to a thing like this, but it was interesting to see what it was all about. Mine came with a boa, body lotion, a garter, and other things. You get a nondescript box sent to you with toys, lotions or who knows what. I’m guessing they’ll have a special February Valentine’s box full of fun. Each box has a list of what exactly everything is and then you can come up with your own situation to use it. It could be a fun Valentine’s Day activity to explore. To learn more about the company or sign up to get a box go to It looks like they have special His and Her boxes now for $19.95. It can be a gift for the both of you or a little gift for you best friend who might be alone.

3. Make a Playlist

I know this is really cheesy and a bit ’80s, but I still think it’s a good idea. I wouldn’t mind if Mike made me a playlist of songs we have memories with to listen to on the way to work or to listen to while we eat our Valentine’s Day Dinner. Wether it be a Spotify station or a playlist for my iPhone, I would be a happy girl if Mike took the time to compile an amazing playlist. If you’re going to make one — think about including Dean Ravo’s Made for Love song!

What are you doing for Valentine’s Day?


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