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Valentine's Day Budget

February 10th, 2013 at 05:49 pm

I am unprepared this year for Valentine's Day.

Which is silly. Because its the same day. EVERY YEAR. Like Christmas or Birthdays.

Luckily, only one child is still young enough to be involved in Valentine Day Card swaps at school. So I purchased her a kit of Valentines for $3.19.

Every year, I usually get all the kids a little something for V-Day. Its never anything huge: V-Day socks from the Target dollar bin; Silly V-Day pens (from the same dollar bin); and a huge Hershey's Kiss (cause I love them!)

Money is tight this month, though. And I didn't budget for this event. So, now I have to decide what to do - what to do.

7 Responses to “Valentine's Day Budget”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Homemade valentines out of basic paper. Write a joke or message in red pen. Tape a piece of gum to each card. Costs you $2 or less. Make cookies from scratch, if you have ingredients. Skip the $1 bin of junk...the quality isn't there and you just end up tossing it later. We have pasta by candlelight on Valentines day....do something simple/basic but make it different.

    Write to your valentines in lipstick on a mirror...something they will see first thing in the morning.

  2. Jerry Says:

    We are in similar straits this year -- cash is tight before I start my new job, but fortunately we live in another country where it doesn't lead to a huge hubbub over V-Day. In addition, it's a holiday week this week so we have the insurance of no added pressure from school. We will probably do something small with our girls, and just relax a bit. It would be nice to go out for dinner or something, but that will have to wait until work starts!

  3. Thrifty Ray Says:

    When my kids were little, I would get a pink or white tablecloth from the dollar store. I had a bag of heart shaped 'crystals" (they were plastic) that I would sprinkle on the table and reuse year after year. Each table setting had a clear wine glass with a red napkin hanging out of it. I had black and red plates (melamine). And I would usually sprinkle candy around the table as well. When they woke up, no matter what we ate, they felt special. But most often, especially on mornings when we had to get to work/school, we would buy the little chocolate and white donuts and serve chocolate milk.

  4. snafu Says:

    Pancakes with a cinnamon candy baked in the centre. Had DKs roll left over red tissue paper into 'roses' presented in wine glasses. Dinner always a family favorite like Chicken in a Hurry cupcakes frosted with cream cheese. We don't often have soda but the occasion offers toasts with Gingerale. We each get a chocolate from a quality shop. It's the only thing that's spendy

  5. Looking Forward Says:

    I was thinking the same as above. Bake cookies or cupcakes. Let the kids pick their fav dinner.
    My hubby usually makes us all a special dinner at home.

  6. LuckyRobin Says:

    Do you have the ingredients to bake a cake and a round cake pan and a square one (like the size for brownies)? You can make a heart shaped cake by cutting the round cake in half and turning the square cake so it looks like a diamond. Fit the two half rounds to the top sides of the diamond and then frost together. Or if you only have one type of cake pan you can make a heart template, put it on top of the cooled cake and cut out a heart.

    Or you can make heart-shaped cupcakes by putting the cupcake wrappers in the muffin tin and then putting a marble between the tin and the wrapper. The cupcake will bake in a heart shape.

  7. Treeluva Says:

    Thanks everyone for the great ideas!

    Sadly, I am not much of a baker... I probably have all the mixing for some cookies or brownies in the house though, (even if it is the instant brownies! Smile )

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