Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Frugal Valentine's Day

Love Collection by Camille Soulayrol
Love Collection

My husband and I don't make a big deal out of Valentine's Day and we rarely spend more than $5. That being said, we DO like to make sure the other feels a little extra love on Valentine's.

Here are my favorite ways to let Mike know he is loved and appreciated without spending money on a card or gift.

1. Pray for him. I let him know that I am praying for him every day and sometimes I will write down the particular verse I prayed for him that day and leave it on a sticky note on his pillow. For ideas on what to pray for your husband read 31 Days of Prayer.

2. Write him a letter. He loves to get letters that are in my own words and not pre-printed cards. It's also easier for me to say things in a letter that I might stumble over or forget about if we are talking. I tell him why I love him, the more specific the better. One year I wrote in the letter how spoiled and loved I felt when he filled my gas tank for me (for some reason I hate putting gas in the van). I don't think I filled it once for the rest of that year. He made sure to check my gas gauge every weekend.

3. Cook a special meal and light candles. Even though I cook every night, I try to make something special that Mike loves for Valentine's Day and for his birthday. I also make his favorite German Chocolate cake.

4. Leave him a "thinking of you" voicemail. Sometimes I will call Mike during a meeting or some other time when I know he won't be able to answer his phone and leave him a funny voicemail. I only do this on his cell phone though. One time I left him a "singing" voicemail on his office phone and he played it back with a co-worker in the room. It was G rated and he thought it was funny, but I was definitely red faced when I found out someone else had heard it...

5. Watch a movie or play a game that he likes. Mike loves to watch movies. I'm not much of a movie watcher (I can never seem to sit still long enough) and when I do watch a movie, it's NOT an action/war movie. He also loves to play chess and cards and I'm not too fond of either. One way that I can really show him that I love him is to sit and watch a movie that he likes(no fidgeting!) or play a game with him.

For more Frugal Valentine Ideas visit Money Saving Mom

5 comments:

Amanda said...

German chocolate cake - my favorite! Those are some awesome ideas. I'm going to be stealing a few. :)

My husband will put gas in my car, too. I especially love it when he does this for me during the summer when the heat can reach 115! Talk about love!

All things bright & beautiful... said...

Some great ideas - thanks!
Lynn

Daughter of the King said...

We too keep Valentines to a minimum...seems like Christmas is just over....
We do cards and that is about it..tis year we just bought new Bibles, (Old Scofield, KJB, Classic) and said hey these are Valentines gifts....
Some years when the kids were at home..I did more...heart shaped pancakes..heart shaped meatloaf...candle light for breakfast etc...
seems like the world is wanting us to spend MORE and more for all of these holidays..I agree...keep it simple...
Deby

Mrs Nespy said...

Great post! I am adding this one to my list of great Valentine's Day ideas!

50shousewife said...

Amanda, you are more than welcome to use these ideas. :) I love German chocolate too, but I'm going to TRY to stay away from it.

Lynn, thank you!

Deby, my husband gave me a Bible for Valentine's 2 years ago and I love it. He even had my name engraved on it.

Mrs Nespy, thanks for including my post in your list!