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Valentine’s Day on a Budget

Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love. Husbands, wives, partners, boyfriends, girlfriends, soul mates, dear friends, and everyone in between. As the Beatles famously sang, “money can’t buy me love”. You don’t have to break the bank to show you care this year. Check out these great ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day on a budget.


Handmade Cards. Sure, those store bought cards are lovely with their glittery stock and pre-written words. But if you have time, why not make your own card? Handmade cards showcase all the extra time and thought put into making Valentine’s Day special. Take a trip to your local craft store and pick up stickers, ribbon, and Valentine-themed card stock. If you’re not particularly crafty, don’t let that stand in your way. Check out these free printables here, here and here, created by our very own graphic designers here at The Guide! Just click on a design below, print, color, and include your own personal message.


Homemade Treats. It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without the sweets. Store bought chocolates and candies can get expensive. Why not make your own treats? The possibilities are endless. Bake your sweetheart’s favorite dessert, or try your hand at making some chocolate covered strawberries. Chocolate covered strawberries are easy to make and fun to decorate. If your sweetheart isn’t so fond of sweets or is sticking to a diet, cater to that with a little creativity. Citrus fruits and pomegranates are in season this time of year, and would be a great addition to a homemade Valentine’s fruit basket!


Home-Cooked Valentine’s Dinner. Skip the crowds and waiting by planning your very own home-cooked Valentine’s Day dinner. No need for a reservation when you’re cooking at home! You can still make it a fancy affair by setting the table, lighting some candles, and dressing up nicely. Up your game by creating a love-themed playlist for the evening. Be sure to add in some of your loved one’s favorites.


If you’re stumped on what to make for dinner, check out our Pinterest for recipe ideas to help you plan.