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Share your frugal Valentine's ideas!

Posted February 8, 2010 12:02 p.m. EST
Updated February 8, 2010 1:04 p.m. EST

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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Flowers
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.

Dinner
Check out www.EatDrinkDeals.com for lots of different Valentine’s specials including a number of fixed price dinners for 2 for $29.99 at Raleigh restaurants.

Restaurant.com 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??