Valentine's Day (Or Galentine's Day!) on a Budget | Seersucker Sass

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Valentine's Day (Or Galentine's Day!) on a Budget

I love when y'all give me ideas for content!  My blogger bestie Lex (check out her blog here!) suggested a post about Valentine's Day on a budget, and I thought it was brilliant, so here we are!  I feel like Valentine's Day is one of those holidays that can get super expensive super fast.  You want to buy something nice for your significant other or you want to buy cute coffee mugs for all of your best girls, and then you're broke and that sucks.  So today's post is all about how to celebrate Valentine's Day and Galentine's Day on a budget!

Set a gift budget •  If you're planning to exchange gifts with someone, discuss a budget.  I know, budgets are horribly un-romantic, but it's awkward when one of y'all gifts a $25 gift and the other gifts an Apple watch just because you weren't on the same page!  Or instead of buying for all of your girl friends, arrange a gift exchange with a $20 cap.  [Check out this blog post where all gifts are under $25!]

Grab a Groupon •  I don't have any personal experience with Groupon, but a lot of my friends swear by it!  If you're unfamiliar, you can purchase things like restaurant gift cards, spa services, hotel stays, and even event tickets at a discounted rate.  You can search by location, so if there is anything specific to your community, it's pretty easy to find!  

Chocolate & Wine Tasting Party •  This is perfect for a Galentine's Day!  Ask your friends to bring a bottle of wine and/or some chocolate, and then taste the pairings together while enjoying a chick flick!  I once attended a stock the bar shower where we were all asked to bring a bottle of wine, and they created "scratch off" invitations to let you know what kind of wine to bring... Totally a cute idea for this type of event, as well!  (See DIY tips on that here.)  This handy guide tells you which chocolates pair best with each wine.  Your friends will think you are oh so fancy, and you'll get to enjoy good company, good chocolate, and good wine!

Cook dinner together • If you don't want to fight the crowds or spend a small fortune at a wine bar, why not cook dinner together?  It doesn't have to be anything lavish, you could even create a bunch of different snacks to enjoy together while watching a movie.  Get dressed up and light a few candles. (Or stay in your PJ's and totally lounge!)  My boyfriend and I are doing a late Valentine's Day celebration, so this is what we plan to do!

Have an experience • When I asked on Snapchat (username- seersuckersass) what everyone was doing for Valentine's Day, my friend Ashley of A Blonde & a Briefcase told me she was going to a trampoline park!  I looked online, and in my area, it's like $11 for an hour of jumping.  If you go out for a cheap dinner afterwards or order a pizza, it could totally be budget friendly.  Or go on a "scavenger hunt" in your town, go to a rock climbing gym, do something a little out of your comfort zone!

Volunteer •  I think that sometimes in our culture, we forget just how fortunate we are to have the problems that we have.  While some of us are lonely because we're single, there are others who are lonely because they're in a nursing home.  The snow may ruin your plans, but imagine what it's like to be homeless when it snows.  Valentine's Day is all about love, so it's the perfect opportunity to give love back to your community - volunteer at a soup kitchen, stop by a local nursing home, or even babysit for a couple from your church.  At the end of the day, your heart will be full, and to me, that's what Valentine's Day is all about.

How are you spending Valentine's Day?  If you have any other Valentine's Day (or Galentine's Day) on a budget ideas, leave them in the comments!  I'd love to hear them :)

Happy Thursday!


  1. Haha I love this! Galentine's day is my fav, and this is the first year in 5 years I won't be spending it with my girls! I love the volunteering idea, I think I'm going to run it past my fiance!

  2. These are such incredible ideas! Love the idea of cooking together. I think me and my friends are going to stay in, bake some brownies, drink some wine, and watch our favorite chick flicks on Netflix. I love hearing about blogger besties coming together too, our MBN girls are fabulous! xx Merisa | Monogrammed Magnolias

  3. This post is such a breath of fresh air! I feel like a lot of pressure surrounds Valentine's day and these ideas are perfect!

  4. A gift budget is such a good idea. It can be so awkward when one person spends way more or way less!

  5. I needed this post because I have no idea what to do for Valentine's Day! Normally, my boyfriend and I just go to dinner, but all the places around here we've been to at least 10 times. I think cooking dinner together or going to do something fun (like a trampoline park) would be a great idea!


  6. OMG I love all of these ideas, especially the chocolate and wine.. you know a way to a girl's heart, hah! Also, love the Groupon idea. That's really smart!

  7. Groupons are totally a great way to save on spending! I'll be going on a trip with my boyfriend this year for Valentine's Day — I think experiences are definitely more meaningful!

    Kayla || Keynotes from Kay

  8. Love the idea of a chocolate and wine tasting party! So much fun!

  9. Groupon are awesome Valentine's (or Galentine's) Day gifts. I also love the idea of hosting a chocolate and wine tasting party.

    All the Best,
    Allison |

  10. These are all awesome ideas! Experience gifts are my absolute favorite-I hadn't thought about this, but my hubby and I might hit up this spot in our small town that has tons of those bouncy houses (you pay like $10 for unlimited fun!) We took my niece and nephew before for the awesome slide, etc. and had a blast-so it could be really fun to act like kids ourselves :)

    xoxo, SS

    The Southern Stylista

  11. This is a great list! Valentine's Day doesn't have to be the expensive ordeal that people make it up to be. I love grabbing Groupons for special events, and Valentine's Day is no different. I also like the idea of cooking together. That's super romantic (and affordable)!

    xoxo | Sockwun |

  12. Great tips! I would have never thought of using groupon! Love the home cooked meal idea too!


  13. I'm actually going to be away this Valentine's Day, but typically we enjoy a nice dinner in the house with a movie. Going to a trampoline park sounds like a really fun time, though! I'll have to keep that in mind!

  14. My man and I aren't huge v-day peeps, so we never go all out. He's gifting me a ticket to a blogger conference later next month and we're going to our favorite restaurant, nothing over the top!

    I totally LOVE Groupn! I've used so many of their different deals, wether it be the local ones or the actual goods. It's a cheap way around what are usually expensive products most times. The only bad thing about the products is they take FOREVER to ship!

  15. I love all of these ideas! How fun would it be to do a wine and chocolate tasting. YUM! I love a good chocolate paired with a delicious wine! Perfect post!

    Nicole // Chronicling Home

  16. Love the wine and chocolate party idea! I hosted a Valentine Making Party for my girlfriends 2 years ago, and am doing another one this year! On actual Valentine's Day, Bryce and I always have a romantic dinner in!

  17. I love the idea of volunteering on Valentine's Day! I actually work this year on Valentine's Day so my boyfriend and I will be celebrating a day early and maybe just making dinner at home on the actual day. Love the idea of chocolate and wine though!

  18. I love these ideas so much! I really want to get some single friends together and just have a fun time this year. I love celebrating Valentine's Day, even when I'm single. I think celebrating love, romantic and otherwise, is such a beautiful thing. Can't wait to run some of these ideas past my friends!

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