Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. Many of you are probably thinking that this year, the day will just have to slide by and not be special because you can’t afford to do anything for the special people in your lives.
In our family, the best gifts are those that come from the heart and cost nothing or next to nothing. Here are some ideas:
Reader MISSY filled me in on a free workshop being held at Home Depot this coming Saturday from 9:00 – 12:00. The children can make Trinket Boxes. What a great way for Dad to spend time with the kids and bring home something special for Mom or Grandma?
Why not pull out the cookie sheets or cupcake tins and bake some goodies. I know that sweets usually buy me a one way ticket to my families hearts!! Have some fun and bake your cake in a jelly roll pan and use a metal heart shaped cookie cutter to make heart cakes.
Put a special note and goody in your kids’ lunches on Friday! Heck — drop one into your special some one’s briefcase or purse!
Make a coupon book for your significant other or spouse! You can make coupons for things such as “one free night off of bath duty for the kids” or “Complete control of the TV remote one Sunday”…..or, you can also go…ahem….naughty if you wanna! Giggle!!!! Well, and for that matter, even make them for you kids. They could have one that reads “No making your bed one day” or “Ice Cream for Breakfast.”
Wait until your children are in bed and cook a nice dinner. I know that my husband and I love to have a dinner where someone isn’t whining, or playing in her milk or not eating….just in the quiet where we can have a real adult conversation. Then, pop in a movie from Red Box for just $1.00 and you have a night that costs next to nothing.
Can’t make it to RedBox? If you are married, pop your wedding video in. You’ll get some laughs, remember how special your day was and just enjoy one another for an evening………
Do something special for your children for dinner — make it a sweets meal! Try to make steak, mashed potatoes and green beans…….. where the steak is a Hershey’s bar (cut it in a fun shape) the potatoes/gravy are ice cream with chocolate syrup and the green beans are string candies such as licorice sticks in colors. Just be sure to stock up on toothpaste and floss!!!
These are just a few things that we have done/do in our family. It keeps our budget in check and it also allows us to make the day extra special, WITHOUT breaking the bank!
Please share your ideas so I can pass them along to others as well!!