Perhaps you don’t have the funds to go all out on Valentine’s Day this year but you want to let your man know how much you love him? Well, let me just say that I totally understand where you’re coming from! In fact, every time this year within a 6 week period, we have my birthday, Valentine’s Day, our anniversary, and my husband’s birthday to celebrate.
We haven’t had the extra cash to lavish on one another for these celebrations in years! No fancy and romantic dinners, no get-aways, no gifts, etc. And yes, this does get old! But instead of neglecting an opportunity to show my man how much he means to me just because our bank account has been low, I’ve gotten creative instead.
1. Make a Heart-Shaped Chocolate Chip Cookie for Your Sweetie.
My man loves those big chocolate chip cookies you get in the mall, you know the ones that cost an arm and a leg? Well, many years ago I invested in a heart-shaped cookie sheet and now each year I make an oversized cookie for just a few bucks. He loves it and my kids enjoy making it with me and eating it with their dad. You can find a recipe for the heart-shaped cookie here.
2. If you have a pizza lover in the house, you can make a heart-shaped pizza for dinner.
No special pan is needed, just free-hand it and it’ll have a nice rustic look. If you’re not that adventurous, check out your local pizzeria and see if they make any heart-shaped pizzas. Purchase one and have a night in.
3. Make dinner and eat it by candlelight. (If you have kids, have them serve the two of you.)
Several years ago I taught my boys how to be waiters for us and they just had a blast getting dressed up and playing ‘server’ for the evening as they filled our glasses and tended to us. (Earlier that night I made them a simple meal of mac and cheese that they just loved. Then I gave them a Valentine’s Day dessert, and rented a movie for them so they didn’t feel excluded from this special day. Then I informed them that Mommy and Daddy were on a date in the other room and they were not to interrupt us! My man and I had a nice, quiet evening enjoying each other’s company.)
4. Make him your own card or better yet, give him a love letter.
List out 10 things you love about him and you can forgo the expense you’d incur from buying a Hallmark card!
5. Skip the romantic dinner.
Maybe your man is not available in the evening? Make him a special love inspired breakfast instead with Heart-shaped pancakes.
6. Surprise him with an inexpensive gift with words of praise and affirmation.
I thought this idea was adorable and affordable! Just pick up a ceramic mug at the Dollar store along with a few sharpie markers and write out how much you love him. Go here to find out more about the Sharpie Mug.
7. Plan a night of romance and passion!!
Can’t afford to buy a new piece of lingerie? Spruce up an old outfit instead. Or you can always wear one of his button-down dress shirts. I’m sure he won’t mind! And this idea is absolutely free! 😉
Regardless of how little you have to spend on your love this year, turning to the Word of God will always give us the proper perspective when living through financial trials.
And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. 1 Timothy 6:8
Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content. Phil. 4:11
Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. Heb. 13:5
Check this post out on reviving your passion.
Any other budget-friendly ideas to add to this list? Please share in the comments!
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