Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and we’re no strangers to celebrating this ridiculous, cheesy holiday. It’s hard to let it slip by without at least acknowledging it. What isn’t necessary, though, is spending a ton of cash. Mr. MMM and I celebrate without expensive restaurant tabs, over-priced flowers, and unnecessary gifts. We choose to be creative. We might not have a no-spend Valentine’s Day, but we do frugalize it up quite a bit! Let me start by saying that I celebrated Valentine’s Day solo for the better part of a decade and never shed a tear. In my opinion, it’s kind of a silly holiday invented by card companies (there are other historical origins that we’re not going to mention here) for the sole purpose of separating people from their hard-earned cash. However, it can still be cute and doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg.
Some of my fondest memories as a child are filling out the cheap-o cards my mom would buy me from the dollar store to hand out to my friends. Remember making mailboxes for your classmates to deliver your Valentine’s cards? Wasn’t that the best? Unfortunately, adulthood brings whole new expectations in relation to Valentine’s Day. These expectations usually revolve around MONEY. In essence, our modern-day culture says you better spend money to prove your love to your Valentine. Period. How ridiculous.
Our Frugal Approach To The Heart-Shaped Holiday
Mr. MMM and I met way back at the end of 2013. Obviously, one of the first holidays (and I use that term loosely) we spent together was Valentine’s Day. This was perfect for our “new love” status – but even during this first Valentine’s Day, we resisted the urge to blow money unnecessarily. Instead, we made a pact to make each other something for the special day. And we stuck to it!
What did I make for Mr. MMM, you ask? Since we were just getting to know each other, I didn’t know him too well and didn’t have much to go on. What I did know was that he had a childhood fondness of Godzilla that last into adulthood – but not in a creepy kind of way 😉 So, naturally, I painted him a picture of the radioactive beast. The back story is that I painted it on the only night I had free without Mini at home. Coincidentally, that night I had a high fever and felt terrible. Nonetheless, I broke out the paints and pushed through, because I knew there would not be another opportunity to do so before we were together to exchange our homemade gifts.
What did Mr. MMM make me, you ask? He also didn’t know me too well at that point, so he did his best to bake two personal cakes for each of us. He went ahead and assumed I would enjoy a tasty, chocolatey treat. He’s so intuitive. He stressed and checked his directions obsessively. He watched the oven and even consulted his neighbor. In the end, they were not only beautiful, they were delicious.
That first Valentine’s Day we were living two hours apart from one another. It started to snow heavily on the day we planned to celebrate. Mr. MMM couldn’t leave before the snow started because his
buns cakes were in the oven 🙂 Fearing Mr. MMM wouldn’t make the drive at all, I was suddenly regretting staying up to paint Godzilla with that 102 degree fever. Not to fear, love makes you do stupid things. Mr. MMM hurriedly pulled the cakes out of the oven, applied the fondant icing – oh yes he did – and hopped in his truck to drive the two hours in treacherous weather.
And there you have it, our first Valentine’s Day encompassed Chinese take-out and homemade gifts. And it was one of the best memories I have of this ridiculous, cheesy holiday with Mr. MMM.
Last year we tried to switch it up by embarking on our own little pub crawl. No tickets required. No reservations needed. Just us with a little bit of cash, stopping at a few local pubs to enjoy a drink. Although, we were super proud of our frugal idea, it was not meant to be. I suddenly fell ill and we had to call the whole thing off. Read all about that Valentine fail here. Fortunately, there’s always this year to try our super frugal pub crawl!
5 Ideas For A Frugal Day
Without further ado, I’d like to share with you 5 frugal ideas for an awesome Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart…
- Stay in with your sweetheart, cook a meal together, and reminisce about your childhoods and relationship together.
- Plan a hike to get some exercise and make a memory. While you’re at it, have a picture challenge. Compare pictures later that evening and see who snapped the best shot. Winner gets a massage!
- Pick a cheap dinner out. Think Chinese food or fast food. Go ahead and indulge, it’s only once a year.
- Go bowling or shoot some pool. C’mon, when was the last time you did something like that?
- Eat lunch at home and then go enjoy a matinee in the theater. Going to the movies doesn’t have to cost $50!
Related: How To Go On Awesome Free Dates
Love Is Priceless
Keep in mind that love is priceless. We do not show our loved ones how much we love them by spending money on them. We show them how much we love and appreciate them by spending time with them. Stuff comes and goes, but time can never be replaced. From our frugal house to yours, enjoy your Valentine’s Day!
Related: Frugal Hacks To Live An Awesome Life
What you do you all do? Are you celebrating with a significant other? Or are you treating yourself this year? Do you drop hundreds on a fancy dinner? Or do you head out to your favorite fast food joint? Do you spend it at home or outdoors? We’d love to hear what you all have planned for this unnecessary consumerism-driven holiday!
As always, Mad Money Cat encourages you to read Our Story and use the super convenient social media buttons to spread the LOVE!