Valentine Gifts on a Budget

Thanks for sharing this!

Cupid’s coming! How can you surprise your favorite someone with a special gift—and still stay within your budget?

Here are thrifty ideas.

Go Online

National chains and franchises offer dollars-off web coupons and discounts for meals, wine, flowers, DVD’s, books, and toy furry critters. Tip: If you think whipping out a coupon at a restaurant makes you look cheap, not thrifty, use it at the pick-up window instead and serve your romantic meal at home.

Read the Newspaper

Local businesses might not have a web presence—but they often put flyers or color supplements in newspapers on holidays. Specialty stores offering food or fruit baskets may feature free wrapping or discounts on deliveries.

Visit Dollar Stores

Candy, scented candles, bubble bath and frilly personal care items make great gifts. You can find them all, along with ribbons, cards and fancy sweetheart-themed bows, bags, and baskets to present them in. They’re so inexpensive, you can splurge—or at least look like you did.

Make the Gift Yourself

Do you like to bake? Heart-shaped cookies, candies and cupcakes are tasty, thoughtful treats. Or start a new tradition by pulling out your cookbook and rustling up a delicious dinner. Are you crafty? Hand-designed love notes are always a hit, especially if you include a personalized voucher for a favorite time-together activity, such as a foot massage. Not so crafty? Look online for free card and coupon templates.

You might also like these posts

Article – Preparing for Hurricane Season Image source: By Nilfanion , via Wikimedia Commons. The map shows the tracks of all tropical cyclones which formed worldwide from 1985 to 2005.The Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1. While the 2014 season is expected to be a mild one, mild doesn’t mean storm-free. Getting ready early is a good idea—and early preparati...
Article — Locked Out Image source: UK, public domain, via Wikimedia Commons What’s on your computer? Your manuscripts? Work? Photos? What would you do if you were denied access to those files—if you were locked out by rogue hackers? If you’re shaking your head because you think nothing on your computer is of value to hackers, consider th...
Article — Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week Image source: Taxes are scary enough, without adding tax identity theft to the mix. The costs—$3.6 billion a year according to an estimate by the US Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration—are scary, too. Unfortunately, both tax ID theft and the costs are on the rise. The US Federal Trade Commission...
Article — Your 2013 Federal Income Tax Return Image source: Whether you’re a part- or full-time freelancer, receiving income means filing a tax return. Here are three things to keep in mind as you look back at your 2013 business activity. Dates: The IRS will begin accepting 2013 business returns on Monday, January 13, 2014. For individual returns, the da...

We write. Visit us in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like our stories, is unreal but not untrue.

Posted in Articles Tagged with: ,