Valentines seems to sneak up every year, catching millions of boyfriends, girlfriends, husbands and wives throughout the country off guard and left to find “that perfect gift” at the last minute and on a budget. If finding a gift wasn’t hard enough, having the pressure from the media and society to make it perfect seems to weigh on relationships even more.
If Valentine’s caught you off guard this year perhaps the procrastination isn’t entirely your fault, maybe you were hoping to somehow have some additional income in your bank account in time for Valentines and you’ve found yourself with only hours left to shop and minimal resources to use to find just the right gift. If you do find yourself in that situation and you know that you have money coming in a couple days then Check City can help with one of our affordable cash advances. However, if you choose to do Valentine’s on a budget we’ve outlined 10 ways to do Valentine’s for under $10.
A Valentine’s Card $.99 – $9.99
While a card might seem like a bit of a copout you’d be surprised how many women appreciate a well thought out card. To be clear, if your last minute Valentine’s Day present is a a simple card, you better be prepared to dump your heart and soul into a nice hand written message inside because the standard pre written message isn’t going to cut it.
A Single Red Rose $9.99
While ten dollars might not be enough to buy a huge beautiful bouquet of 12 long stemmed roses, sometimes a single red rose can say just as much and will come in just under our $10 goal. Most local florist will have a large selection of single red roses prepped and ready to go on Valentine’s day, the sooner you can call or get there the better though because they usually go pretty quick. If you have a couple days before the big day you can usually find a deal online to have to flowers sent directly to your significant others door. To score even more brownie points you can have the flower sent to your wife or girlfriend at work, that way all of her coworkers will gush about what a great guy you are.
Mix CD $10
While the beauty of the mix tape may be lost on this generation, the tradition of couples having songs that mean something special to them is timeless. Whether you create an actual mix tape, a CD, or share a playlist through “the cloud” taking the time to sit down and compile a list of the songs that you find special for you and your significant other is a great low cost way to show someone how much you care. If you want to go the extra mile you can write up the playlist and put a special note next to each song telling them when and where you both were when you heard each song. Regardless of which route you go, you should be able to spend well under $10, and a special hint, if you buy songs through Amazon rather than iTunes you can get them for $.99 each rather than the $1.29 that iTunes has started charging.
Journal of Your Favorite Memories $8
This is one idea that could sound a little creepy if you’ve only been out on a few dates and ESPECIALLY if this is your first date with somebody but if you have a history with your special Valentine this can be a great time to start a “Memory Journal.” For under ten dollars you can pick up a Moleskin Journal either at your local bookstore or on Amazon and you can take some time to write out some of your favorite memories. You can write out times you laughed together, embarrassing moments, memories of your first date and then just write out how you feel about them and how much you care. This idea can extend beyond just Valentines and you can start passing the journal off from week to week.
Little Teddy Bear with Candy: $7.00 + $3.00
While it may seem like something kids would like, most women still have a soft spot in their heart for a cute little stuffed animal, if you want to make it every better, toss in a package of their favorite candy and you have yourself a winning combination. When we looked on Amazon we were able to find a number of smaller stuff bears for under $7, combine that with a package of $3 candy and a little note letting them know how much you care and you’ve successfully mastered Valentine’s on a budget.
Dinner at Home: Under $10
If you’re like most couples that have been together more than a year, you’ve most likely come to the realization that going out to a restaurant on Valentine’s night isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Between the long waits, huge crowds, and new couples being way too touchy feely there are much more relaxing ways to spend dinner together. For under $10 you can put together a number of quality Pasta dishes, combine that with some French bread and a salad and you have yourself I high class dinner for two for a fraction of what going out would cost.
Inexpensive Jewelry (Charm Bracelets)-
While some people are only happy with a product that says Tiffany’s, if it comes from the right person, sometimes that’s all that matters. This Valentine’s Day if you’re looking for an inexpensive jewelry option we recommend looking no further than a charm bracelet. Charm bracelets are a great gift idea because the initial bracelet and a single charm are fairly inexpensive and then you can buy additional charms for future events such as anniversaries, birthdays, etc..
Remember when you were a kid and had no money at all and the classic go to gift for Mother’s Day and Father’s day was a simple coupon book. Well if you’re trying to make the most of your budget this Valentine’s Day, going back to your roots might not be such a bad idea. Rather than coupons for cleaning your room and a free night of babysitting that you might have given to your parents, coupons like a free date night or a back rub will go a long way with your significant other. And while the coupon book you give to your significant other will be quite a bit different than the one you gave to your parents you’d be surprised how many of the same ideas carryover such as cleaning up your dishes.
Facebook, Text, or Email-
If your significant other is lower maintenance and hasn’t set super high expectations for this Valentine’s Day, sometimes it will be enough just to let them know that you’re thinking about them. In this day and age there are hundreds of high tech ways that will allow you to let that special someone know that you’re thinking about them and most of them are entirely free. In addition to dropping a quick message through Facebook, Text, or Email you can also make a quick video and post it to Youtube or you can hire out today’s equivalent of a singing telegram on a site like Fiverr where you can hire someone to sing a song to your loved one for $5. If you find yourself away from you Boyfriend, Girlfriend, Husband or Wife this Valentine’s you can also take advantage of free software like Skype, Google Hangout or Facetime for iPhone users to have some much needed face to face time.
It seems that today there is a constant flow of images, whether it’s Facebook, Instagram Blogs, and Picture Messages this generation is arguably the most photographed generation of all time. With so many images being posted to the web each day it’s easy for people to think that they don’t mean as much so it can mean a lot to your significant other to take the time and sift through all the images of you as a couple and get one printed out and framed. You can usually get a nice frame for under $10 and one hour photo through Wal Mart, Costco, or Sam’s club is pretty cheap, even for larger prints. If you decide to go the framed route you can even include a little note and tuck it away behind the picture.
So there you have it, as much stress as Valentine’s can cause finances shouldn’t have to be one of them. If you have any low budget or last minute Valentine’s Day ideas or traditions be sure to leave them in the comments section below.