Focus on effort versus money spent this Valentine’s Day

February is the month of love! Most people think that showing love for their significant other is spending a bunch of money on lavish gifts and that is just not the case. In fact, simply spending time with the one you love is the best gift you can give them—and during these uncertain times, finances are tight. Fortunately, there are other ways to show that special person that you love them without breaking the bank. Read below for some great budget-friendly Valentine’s Day gifts and ideas.

Have Dinner together!  Turn your home into a romantic bistro for two. Set the lighting low, light some candles, turn on some soft romantic music, and get all dressed up. Whether you order take out from your favorite eatery or cook together at home, the main goal is to focus on each other’s company and block out the rest of the world. If you would like to go out instead, opt for a budget-friendly lunch, or check out Valentine’s Day specials to help save your budget.

Make them a Card! Part of Valentine’s Day charm is awaiting those love-filled cards that tell you how special your loved one thinks you are. However, with the cost of cards today, you are better off making a homemade card. One that tells him or her about all the things you love about them and I bet they love it more than one of those store-bought versions.

Find flowers that are a bit more cost-effective! Yes, roses are the flower of love and the staple flower given by most on Valentine’s day, but at a substantial price that might not fit your budget right now (After all most of us are still getting on track from Christmas, right?). So, instead of roses, try tulips. Tulips are colorful, beautiful, and known as the language of passion. Similarly, if your significant other is more about plants than flowers then check your local greenhouses and garden centers for a potted plant that will blossom throughout the year.

Give the gift of Candy! Store-bought candy and treats can get a bit on Valentine’s Day when you are on a budget. So, why not take the time and make your significant other some homemade treats? Heart-shaped cookies, brownies, chocolate-covered strawberries, or some other favorite of theirs. Just knowing the effort that went into making these homemade treats JUST for them, is sure to put a smile on the face of the one you love.

Valentine’s Day is about love and romance ~a special day to show your love and dedication. However, it is so much more about the effort and thought you put in into expressing your love than the amount of money you spend. If you are looking to put a smile on their face, these ideas will put you on the fast track, trust me! In the world we live in, right now, we all could use a little love! I hope you all enjoy your Valentine’s Day, and I will see you back here next month!