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 :)