ideas for a frugal and festive Valentine’s Day: a guest post from

[ 0 ] February 1, 2012 |













Coming up on February 14th, Valentine’s Day can be a costly holiday, but there are creative ways to celebrate on a budget.

Coupon & savings expert Jon Lal offers these ten tips. His site offers free online coupons offering an average savings of $27, and free Cash Back which averages 5% for more than 1600 popular online stores such as Macy’s, Target, Dell, Amazon among others. For even sweeter savings, those who sign up for a free account for a limited time get a $10 bonus.

  1. Give an old-fashioned, homemade paper valentine.
  2. Write a poem expressing your feelings.
  3. Publish an iTunes playlist of your favorite love songs for free.
  4. Use the free app Songify to create your own love song. Writing your own lyrics shows that you care!
  5. Film a YouTube video describing why you care about that special someone. You can arrange the settings so it can only be viewed with a special link, which you can send your valentine in a free e-card.
  6. Make a coupon booklet to do fun activities together throughout the year.
  7. Create a scrapbook capturing your wonderful memories together.
  8. Bake cookies or make candy to demonstrate how much you care.
  9. Serve your valentine’s favorite meal for a romantic homemade candlelit dinner. Be sure to check out the weekly ads for sales and clip coupons when you buy the ingredients.
  10. Treat your sweetie to something sweet. When on a budget, dining out is an indulgence saved for a special occasion, but it doesn’t have to be out of reach. To avoid overspending, enjoy a meal at home then go out on the town just for dessert. Check for a free money-saving coupon before you visit the restaurant.

How do you stay frugal on Valentine’s Day?

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About Shannon: Shannon is a savvy saver and lover of all things fashion and beauty. As a lover of pop-culture, she'll keep you up-to-date on all the hottest news and trends. You can find her tweeting on @FabulousSavings. View author profile.

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