If money is tight right now, the last thing you're probably thinking about is how to celebrate Valentine's Day on Saturday.
There are many thoughtful ways to show your sweetie, children or friends you care about them that don't involve spending a lot of money.
Here are some inexpensive tips newsroom staffers and I have gathered to help you woo your significant other - or just show others you care - on Saturday.
• A dozen roses is nice but not always necessary. Buy one or a few roses instead of a dozen or go with a less expensive option, like carnations.
• Make a homemade card. Include free coupons for things that don't cost anything. For example, offer a back massage, to wash the dishes, to take out the garbage or to take the kids to school for a week.
• Bake something, like chocolate chip cookies, banana bread or a cake. This is a great choice if you plan to bring treats to work on Friday. If baking isn't your thing, go buy a 10-pack of Be My Valentine Little Debbie snack cakes for about $1.40 and you're covered. Work people will eat anything.
• Check out the Valentine's Day dinner specials at area restaurants before going out with your significant other on Saturday. Or consider a lunch special.
• Trade baby-sitting services with a friend or neighbor, someone you trust. Maybe your date night will be Friday and theirs can be on Saturday.
• Better yet, make dinner at home. Try out a new recipe or put some steaks on the grill. Put some candles and your best china on the table. Breakfast in bed is also a great option Saturday morning.
• Provide your sweetheart with an already drawn bath when she arrives home from work or after a long day home with the kids, complete with bath oils and rose petals from a single rose.
• Write a poem or create a scavenger hunt in your house where your significant other must follow love notes around the house to find your gift.
• Once the kids are in bed, turn some romantic music on and ask her for a dance to "our song" in the living room.
• Did you hear the joke about the Norwegian who was so in love with his wife that he almost told her he loved her? Yes, gentlemen, Valentine's Day is the perfect day to remind your wife that you love her. Surprise her by leaving love notes in her purse, on the mirror or in her car.
Do you have your own tips on ways to celebrate Valentine's Day on a budget? Please share them with our readers on the comment section of this story on our Web site, www.brainerddispatch.com.
JODIE TWEED may be reached at email@example.com or 855-5858.
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