• Abigail Blome

Thoughtful & simple valentines on the cheap

Want something more meaningful than a Hallmark card but also low budget? With a little love and care, it’s easy to come up with a few things that will bring a smile to the face of your loved ones. Here are a few ideas:

52 reasons why I love you

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Have a spare deck of cards laying around? Even if you don’t, they’re available at just about every drug store. Pick one up and write a reason for your love on each card. Hole-punch and bind the cards like a book, or just stick them back in the box so they’re still playable. Guaranteed to get you showered in kisses.

Love coupons

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Good for one free back scratch! I’ll do the dishes after dinner! I’ll have dinner with your parents without complaining! – Think about what would really mean something to your S/O and get creative! They’ll really appreciate the thought you put into it. No take-backs!

Date night jar

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Write a different date idea on popsicle sticks and toss them in a jar. When date night comes around, pull out a stick and you have the night’s events planned for you ahead of time! PS: You can color-code the sticks by price to make sure you stay on budget. If you’re hurting for cash, you know to pick a color that has a free or low-cost date on it. If you just got your tax refund, you can pick a higher-cost stick.

Baked with love

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Does your S/O have a favorite sweet treat? Find a recipe and get baking! Cooking is not only fun to do, but the delicious treat means so much more when it was made by someone they love. Also, it’s a gift you can share: win!

Old fashioned, hand-written love note

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No one gets snail-mail anymore, which is why it’s so exciting! Find a printable card template online, design one yourself or just use cool stationary. Then, just write! Tell them what they mean to you or write a little poem, it doesn’t really matter as long as it’s personal and heart-felt. Now put it in an envelope and actually mail it!

And of course, if all else fails, CHOCOLATE.

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