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Great Gift Ideas for Celebrating a Frugal Valentine's Day : #5

Monday, February 9th, 2009

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Money Can’t Buy You Love – How to Celebrate a Frugal Valentine’s Day

Last year, Americans spent nearly $18 billion on Valentine’s Day — that’s an average of $120 per Cupid’s arrow!

But with the economy tanking and job losses hitting an all time high, even lovebirds might not be in the mood to sing. The good news is that romance doesn’t have to cost a fortune. There are plenty of ways to woo your Valentine while appealing to a pocketbook of any size. So join us as we take a look at frugal and imaginative gift ideas for Valentine’s Day.

5. Court the Element of Surprise
Sending flowers is overplayed. Giving heart-shaped boxes of chocolate is passé. Instead of going with an overplayed — and over-priced — gift option, try to court the element of surprise. Sweet, heartfelt and frugal surprises. Like filling her office with red and white balloons (the kind you blow up and tie yourself — not the costly helium-filled ones). Or packing a picnic lunch with all his favorite snack foods. Or scoring two tickets to that Indy rock concert she has been dying to see.

If surprises aren’t your forte, try paying closer attention to the little things. Believe it or not, your sweetie drops lots of little clues all day long about how and when he or she would like to be surprised. In fact, picking up on those clues will probably be the biggest — and sweetest — surprise of all.

For more great and non budget-busting Valentine’s Day gift ideas check out our article – Money Can’t Buy You Love – How to Celebrate a Frugal Valentine’s Day.

Great Gift Ideas for Celebrating a Frugal Valentine's Day : #4

Friday, February 6th, 2009

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Money Can’t Buy You Love – How to Celebrate a Frugal Valentine’s Day

Last year, Americans spent nearly $18 billion on Valentine’s Day — that’s an average of $120 per Cupid’s arrow!

But with the economy tanking and job losses hitting an all time high, even lovebirds might not be in the mood to sing. The good news is that romance doesn’t have to cost a fortune. There are plenty of ways to woo your Valentine while appealing to a pocketbook of any size. So join us as we take a look at frugal and imaginative gift ideas for Valentine’s Day.

4. Couples Geocaching
Geocaching is the newest fad, but did you know that following a treasure map can be insanely romantic, too? In this worldwide game of hide-and-seek, a geocacher places a geocache anywhere in the world. He or she pinpoints the exact location using GPS technology and then uploads that information to an online database. Anyone with a GPS unit is welcome to try to hone in on the treasure.

You and your sweetheart can get in on the international game — or you can create your own one-on-one version for Valentine’s Day by hiding a romantic treat and sending your partner on a quest to find your love token.

For more great and non budget-busting Valentine’s Day gift ideas check out our article – Money Can’t Buy You Love – How to Celebrate a Frugal Valentine’s Day.

Great Gift Ideas for Celebrating a Frugal Valentine’s Day : #3

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

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Money Can’t Buy You Love – How to Celebrate a Frugal Valentine’s Day

Last year, Americans spent nearly $18 billion on Valentine’s Day — that’s an average of $120 per Cupid’s arrow!

But with the economy tanking and job losses hitting an all time high, even lovebirds might not be in the mood to sing. The good news is that romance doesn’t have to cost a fortune. There are plenty of ways to woo your Valentine while appealing to a pocketbook of any size. So join us as we take a look at frugal and imaginative gift ideas for Valentine’s Day.

3. Take a Hike (& pack a picnic)
There’s nothing like a little fresh air to get you feeling frisky. Check out your local trails or set your sites on one of America’s 390-some national parks. The weather is not always reliable in February, but many states are already enjoying springtime breezes come mid February. Even if you have to bundle up for your hike, you will have plenty of fun warming yourselves by the fire when you return.

If you want to up the romantic ante, pack a picnic basket (or a backpack, for you off-trail hikers) filled with all of your favorite romantic foods. Go simple with chocolate, strawberries and champagne. Or cook up a fancy feast using one of Holidays on the Net’s gourmet amore recipes.

For more great and non budget-busting Valentine’s Day gift ideas check out our article – Money Can’t Buy You Love – How to Celebrate a Frugal Valentine’s Day.

Great Gift Ideas for Celebrating a Frugal Valentine's Day : #2

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

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Money Can’t Buy You Love – How to Celebrate a Frugal Valentine’s Day

Last year, Americans spent nearly $18 billion on Valentine’s Day — that’s an average of $120 per Cupid’s arrow!

But with the economy tanking and job losses hitting an all time high, even lovebirds might not be in the mood to sing. The good news is that romance doesn’t have to cost a fortune. There are plenty of ways to woo your Valentine while appealing to a pocketbook of any size. So join us as we take a look at  frugal and imaginative gift ideas for Valentine’s Day.

2. Go Star Gazing
There is nothing more romantic than laying on a blanket, staring up at the stars with your true love. Of course, in February, the weather is not always conducive to outdoor romps. Where there’s a will, there’s a way: Even the smallest of towns often have planetariums — which make the perfect cold weather alternative for outdoor gazing. Grab a blanket and a pair of double-budded earphones for your iPod, and make a night of it.

For more great and non budget-busting Valentine’s Day gift ideas check out our article – Money Can’t Buy You Love – How to Celebrate a Frugal Valentine’s Day.

Great Gift Ideas for Celebrating a Frugal Valentine's Day : #1

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

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Money Can’t Buy You Love – How to Celebrate a Frugal Valentine’s Day

Last year, Americans spent nearly $18 billion on Valentine’s Day — that’s an average of $120 per Cupid’s arrow!

But with the economy tanking and job losses hitting an all time high, even lovebirds might not be in the mood to sing. The good news is that romance doesn’t have to cost a fortune. There are plenty of ways to woo your Valentine while appealing to a pocketbook of any size.  So join us as we take a look at a number of frugal and imaginative gift ideas for Valentine’s Day.

1. Schedule a Spa Date. At Home.
Light some candles and fill the tub. It’s spa time — right in the comfort of your own home. You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on a fancy day spa to enjoy some well-deserved pampering.

While your tub is filling, drop in some essential oils, like lavender (for relaxation) or rosemary (for rejuvenation). Mix up a facial mask for your sweetheart by combining equal parts of olive oil and brown sugar. Throw in a few drops of essential oil and then offer to apply it using gentle massaging motions.

Finish up the spa experience with an all hands on deck body massage. Use food grade coconut oil for a truly delectable experience. Or, if your budget will allow, contact your local massage school about a couple massage. What better way to share the love?

For more great and non budget-busting Valentine’s Day gift ideas check out our article – Money Can’t Buy You Love – How to Celebrate a Frugal Valentine’s Day.

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