Well, it’s here. I know. I know. It’s ridiculous how fast it comes and it’s probably just another excuse for retailers to make a ton of money, but it is what it is. Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and if you’re like me then you are probably wondering how to save a little money while still having a good time.
Well, here are a list of ways that I have saved on Valentine’s Day in the past. I hope you find this list helpful. Feel free to add more in the comments section below.
As much as I love romance, Valentine’s Day is something that we can rarely afford. With the cost of babysitting, eating out, gifts, etc. I really don’t remember the last time we actually went out on Valentine’s. But a few years ago we did host an event at our church and made it FREE for families. Free food, babysitting, and a movie. Look around. Those free events are out there and I am thankful for the venues that put family first.
Candlelight Dinner at Home
Nothing says romance like lighting a few candles and turning off the lights. This would be something easy that anybody could do for their significant other. Feed the kids first, bathe them and put them in bed, and then enjoy a dinner with just the two of you.
The best way to save money is to plan ahead and not wait until Valentine’s Day to purchase something. If you really want to know the truth about me, I actually wait until AFTER Valentine’s Day when everything goes on sale to purchase candy for my kids. I just figure they don’t know the difference and when it involves chocolate they probably don’t care:)
You and another couple could benefit from free babysitting. You could just swap nights and watch each other’s kids. I know that we have done this a lot with people in our church. It makes for an enjoyable night for parents and saves a little dough.
Pay with Cash
You know this was coming! Set aside some cash in the budget now for Valentine’s Day and only plan on paying with cash. I would set aside money for babysitting, food, and gifts unless you are using one of these other tips to save money.
Retail Me Not is a great app that has coupons that can be used on gifts and food. I have also used Restaurants.com A LOT. This is a little different because you still have to pay something to get the coupon. Like they may give you a $25 coupon but you have to pay $10. That’s still a pretty good savings. Check it out. The only problem that I have seen with restaurants.com is the restaurants are pretty limited and one time in our town there was a sign in a restaurant saying that you could not use their coupon. You might call the restaurant to make sure it’s valid before purchasing.
Ibotta and Shopkick might be two other great apps for your to have on your phone.
Ibotta is more like a rebate. Well actually most of these apps are like rebates. They keep the money that you have collected in an account and then you can cash out. Within Ibotta you get money back and I usually put that money right back in my bank account. I have gotten $10 back from JCPenney for shopping online and have gotten back hundreds of dollars from shopping at my local grocery store. Right now you can get $10 in your account if you are new to Ibotta. Make sure and check out the rebates before shopping.
Shopkick is my all-time favorite app. I have saved so much money with Shopkick. One Christmas I was able to get $80 worth of Christmas gifts for free thanks to the gift cards they offer. Shopkick is so fun because you don’t have to do anything
to get back money. You can start scanning items now using your phone and then purchase a gift card after you receive 1,250 or more. These gift cards aren’t usually offered for food, but you could find a present for a special one and get it for free. Love Shopkick.
Comment below if you have any questions about these amazing apps.
One way to retrieve some money on that perfect gift is to use Ebates. I actually have it listed as an app on my phone so that I can remind myself to go through Ebates before ordering on Amazon, Walmart, etc. My husband uses Ebates all the time and has almost received $250 back in the form of a check. This is how much he has accrued over time.
If you’ve never used Ebates, it’s super simple. You just click on the link, find the store from where you want to shop from, locate the item, purchase it online, and BAM! you will start accruing money in your Ebates account and then I think every quarter you receive a BIG FAT check.
If you are new to Ebates, click one of the links in this paragraph to receive $10 in your account. Pretty good deal!
If you are running low on cash for gifts, then create coupons yourself. The best gift that anyone could give me is a night to myself, or a clean house. Plus gift-giving is not my love language so gifts don’t matter to me. Your spouse may be the same way. Consider this before going out and purchasing something you may not be able to afford.
Make a Home-Made Card
Here’s something else that can be ridiculously expensive this time of year. Cards. I can’t believe some of the prices listed on the back of them. Cards are something else that don’t matter to me, but the message inside means everything. I think I have kept every card that Greg has given me but it doesn’t matter if he paid .50 or $3.50 for the card. The message inside, though, it’s PRICELESS!
Try Dollar Tree
Did you know that Dollar Tree sells balloons and they also sell cards for .50? That’s a true bargain. They also have Valentine’s decorations and rose petals. Plus chocolate! Lots of chocolate. Ooh-la-la. Make sure and check them out before heading a big retail store to purchase your Valentine goodies.