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Share your frugal Valentine's ideas!

Posted February 8, 2010

This morning on Bill and Lynda in the Morning on 101.5, we were chatting about frugal Valentine's ideas. I shared a few ideas to keep folks from breaking the bank just to say I love you and they are listed below. 

I would love to know your ideas as well so please share them here! Everyone who enters a comment with their frugal Valentine's ideas will be entered in the Friday Freebies Giveaway this week. Still working on the prize package of coupons and stuff, but it does have a really good rebate on deli items included!

Hear Faye talk about Valentine's Day deals on the Mix 105.1 WRAL-FM morning show Monday.

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If you want to give roses: Walmart is selling a dozen roses for $15.00. Add an inexpensive vase for a frugal, tasteful bouquet.

If you prefer to shake things up and add a little creative color and spark consider tulips, gerber daisies or lillies:  Kroger is selling a bouquet of 20 tulips for $9.99. I really like tulips.....hint hint for the hubby..... ;-)

Harris Teeter and Lowe’s Foods have beautiful mixed flower bouquets for $12 or less

FYI - Use the little packet that is supposed to keep your flowers alive. They’ll keep those frugal stems from wilting too quickly.

Check out for lots of different Valentine’s specials including a number of fixed price dinners for 2 for $29.99 at Raleigh restaurants. gift certificate – The 60% off code is good through today (Monday, Feb 8). Enter discount code BLOOM at checkout and hit apply. Get a $25 printable restaurant gift certificate for $4.

Money Saving Valentine’s Tips
Stay in for the night, cook a great dinner and rent a movie.
Decorate the table with a few silk rose petals from Michael’s craft store and some candles and you are all set!

Go out for lunch instead of dinner – lunch menus are usually less expensive and the portions are usually more appropriate.

Have your kids make their cards for the grandparent and parents. Homemade cards are fun to make with the kiddos and such fun to receive.

Scavenger hunt for the kids – place little hearts all over the place with reasons why you love them written on each little note. Give them a hint on each note where they can find the next one. At the last note, have a little stuffed animal, some .20 Valentines pencils from Walgreens this week and a $1.50 heart with chocolates from CVS waiting for them. Gather all the sweet notes and have the kids glue them on construction paper to make a little book of love.

So what frugal things are you doing for Valentine's Day this year??


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  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Feb 10, 2010

    Great story Meredith! Please thank your husband for his military service to our country!

  • meredithwright Feb 10, 2010

    These are some cute ideas! My hubby was deployed with the Army on our first Valentine's Day. He still managed to (with some assistance from my mother in law) send me a Vermont Teddy bear (in camo of course) and flower cookies (cookies attached to plastic stems). Best Valentine's present ever!! I plan to make him some of his favorite cookies this year - nothing better than home baked goodies!

  • NCCaniac Feb 10, 2010

    Try something a little different with some live local "love themed" community theater. Cary Players, Cary's community theater, is running their 5th edition of Love Bits and Bites this weekend and next. The show includes scenes and songs of love (its ups and downs) and intermission includes complimentary baked goods, and coffee.

  • Legswilson Feb 10, 2010

    Open a can of Ready Whip and get nekkid!

  • lwright Feb 10, 2010

    I work at my son's school. We recycle cereal boxes to make valentine holders. We spray paint them and decorate them with stickers and heart shaped doillies from last year's valentine clearance and scraps of construction paper from through out the school year. They are SO cute, and, fairly inexpensive!

  • Dr D Feb 9, 2010

    I'm shipping a box of favorite things to my college student. The outside of the box will be covered in brown paper (backs of grocery bags) then decorated with big red hearts, so everyone between the mail room and the dorm room will know this student is loved!

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Feb 9, 2010

    New 80% code. Get $25 gift certificates for $2. Enter code HEART at checkout and hit apply.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Feb 9, 2010

    Sweet and spicy night sounds fun, DRandJR! I like the theme idea - thanks for sharing.

    What sweet memories, KLW!

    Thanks again to everyone who has shared their wonderful ideas!

  • RLM Feb 9, 2010

    Instead of buying your Valentine a expensive card, write him/her a love letter.

  • DRandJR Feb 9, 2010

    This year my husband and I are spreading the love and inviting over family and friends for a dinner party! We eat alone all the time so this is a treat for us and those that are single are not alone! I am calling it a sweet and spicy night! I look forward to the fellowship and hopefully some catch phrase!