Today is Valentine’s Day. You probably already know that. The gaudy red and pink hearts everywhere usually give it away.
I think Valentine’s was invented to help us all get through a long winter. Christmas is already two months past and spring is slow in coming. We’ve been hibernated indoors far too long, eating soup and watching reruns of Bones and NCIS because there’s never any new shows on. A box of chocolates and a bright bouquet of flowers can make all the difference between surviving the winter blahs or sticking a fork in the toaster just for the thrill of it.
In this time of economic decline, you may not have the money to go all out on Valentine’s and buy diamonds or flowers or even chocolates (although chocolate has been known to save lives). So I thought maybe I would share some ideas for Valentine’s Day on the cheap:
1. Dress your children up and send them door to door begging for candy as if they think it is Halloween. Neighbors may take pity on them and hand out chocolate hearts.
2. Make a dinner out of everything in your refrigerator and pantry that is red. Your husband will love your creativity. Unless all you have is ketchup and salsa.
3. Rent a movie from RedBox, turn the sound up on your stereo so loud it thumps and crackles, shut the lights off, and pretend you’re at the theatre.
4. Turn your evening into a 60’s musical and sing how you feel, like Andy Williams and Julie Andrews did in the video above.
Leave a comment and share your ideas for a frugal Valentine’s Day that will still show the ones you love that you love them…or that you need to get out more.