5 Frugal Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

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5 Frugal Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

5 Frugal Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day 

Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday in 2016, which is great because it’s a weekend and really opens up the possibilities of how and where to celebrate with your One True Love.  

But, the reality is that a lot of us are still recovering from the Holidays so although we want to make the day special we don’t have a lot of money to spend.  So what can you do that is romantic but frugal?

Stay Home

Babysitters are pricey.  So are meals out.  SO skip the cost of both and stay home.  Valentine’s Day falls on a school night, so if you are like me I will still enforce regular bedtime. After a nice family dinner, plan something like a fun Valentine’s Day treat for the family. Chocolate Fondue is great!  Add in some family fun time, then make sure you put them to bed at their normal time or maybe just a wee bit earlier so you have some alone time with your significant other.  I’m not saying put the kids to bed right after dinner, but if you plan out your time a romantic spot in your bedroom with a bottle of wine is a nice celebration at home that won’t cost too much.  

Celebrate Early

My wedding anniversary is the same week as Christmas which never works out for ANYTHING. We have become masters at celebrating before or after.  No frills.  Keep that in mind for Valentine’s Day.  Having it fall on a Sunday also puts a HIGH demand for babysitters but what about celebrating the Wednesday or weekend before?  Avoid the crowds and in some cases inflated costs associated with holidays and celebrate early.  

It doesn’t have to be Dinner

It can be brunch (especially on a Sunday!) or lunch.  Even better how about making a special lunch and meeting your significant other for lunch during the week?  Or how about coming home for a romantic lunch when the kids are at school?  

Ditch the Sitter!

Babysitters cost as much as dinner.  Yes they do, so what is an alternative?  If you have good friends, offer to watch their kids in exchange for them watching yours.  How about you go to dinner on Friday or Saturday while they watch your kids and they go out on the other day? Or the Weekend before?  If you have family nearby, start buttering them up NOW.   Sundays may not work well for them, so be flexible and make sure your kids schedules aren’t disturbed too much either

My Funny (or Sexy) Valentine

When we were newlyweds, many many years ago, I use to buy silly notes and put them in my husband’s lunch.  I stopped that after a while what with work and kids, but Valentine’s Day is a perfect time to include a note in your significant other’s lunch, wallet, briefcase or leave it in the car visor so it falls on them or whatever works for you.  If you really want to heat things up how about a sexy text?  Or find on a deals website a boudoir photo shoot or couples massage?   I checked on Groupon for romantic ideas, and several places are running great specials for boudoir photo shoots and couples massages, so make sure to look in your area if you want to get adventurous.

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Make an Edible Donut Valentine Bouquet

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Edible Donut Valentine Bouquet

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Entenmann’s is celebrating this Valentine’s Day with the Entenmann’s Sweet Valentine’s Edible Bouquet and Entenmann’s Sweet Donut Sweepstakes.  Entenmann’s fans won’t want to miss out on this mouthwatering celebration!

Entenmann’s provided Couponista Queen with funds, coupons and supplies to make my own Edible Donut Bouquet, and it was a lot of fun.  My mom came over one evening to see the baby, so Ava supervised us while we made the bouquet.  It took less than an hour and we thought the results were pretty awesome.   Here is the idea photo from Entenmann’s.  How do you think we did?

Entenmann's Sweet Valentine's Edible Bouquet (v3)

If you want the recipe card to make this donut bouquet, enter the Entenmann’s Sweet Donut Sweepstakes on the Entenmann’s Facebook page through February 27, 2014 for the chance to win lots of prizes, including Entenmann’s coupons, Mr. Rich Frosted and Ms. Crumb plush toys, 1-800-Flowers arrangements and more!  Details can be found on Facebook.com/Entenmanns or on 8-pack boxes of Rich Frosted Donuts and 8-pack boxes of Crumb Donuts.  After you enter you will get the recipe card.

Entenmann’s Sweet Valentine's Edible Bouquet

Here are a few tips we recommend from making the donut bouquet:

Make sure that you are careful when dipping the larger donuts as they will be heavy.  We used 2 lollipop sticks in the larger donuts to make sure they were secure when we put them into the vase.  Make sure the sticks are in both sides of the donut (through the bottom then the center hole then into the top).  To cover the sticks showing in the center hole, I cut a Pop’em donut in half and used melted chocolate to glue it in the middle.  I did this before I dipped the entire donut so it would be smooth.

You will need to chill the donuts before dipping them and after dipping them.  Since it is so cold outside, we sent the King outdoors for a few minutes with the tray rather than try to fit them into the freezer.

If you don’t want to make the whole bouquet, or if you want treats for many people, just make the little Pop’ems and wrap them individually with some small cellophane bags and ribbon.  Viola, you will have the perfect little Valentine’s to give out at work, school, etc!

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5 Valentine’s Day Crafts for Kids

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Woven Heart Basket Craft

Woven Heart Basket Craft – Photo: Spoonful.com

Grab the kids and the craft supplies and make some memories (and some cool Valentine’s Day Crafts)

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Very cute Bee Mine Valentine printable craft inspires kid’s creativity

This Heart Wreath makes an attractive decoration

An older child would love to make this Woven Heart Basket

Check out these Educational Valentine’s Day Crafts for fun and learning rolled together

Make a cute Valentine Crown from a paper plate

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Free Printable Valentines!

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Free Printable Valentines!

Elephants never forget so why should you?

These are cute and perfect for you to stash in your kids lunches, your loved ones purse/ briefcase or

for your kids to cut out and personalize for their friends.

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Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing Recipe

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Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing Recipe

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For me, making cupcakes is like therapy or something.  It’s calming.  But I don’t always have time to make them from scratch.  So, to make them special, I do at least make the icing from scratch!  It makes the cupcakes taste 100% homemade, without all the work.

Ingredients:

  • Box of red velvet cake mix + all ingredients called for on box

  • 1 stick of unsalted butter at room temperature

  • 8 oz cream cheese at room temperature

  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • sprinkles (optional)

Directions:

Bake cupcakes as directed on the box.

While cupcakes are baking, it’s time to make the frosting!

Mix the cream cheese and butter together until smooth.  This will take a few minutes.  Add vanilla extract and powdered sugar, and keep mixing until smooth.

Spoon into a piping bag, and ice the cupcakes.  For added festivity, add sprinkles, too!

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