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Valentine’s Day on a budget

Valentines blog collab

This blog post is in collaboration alongside 13 other great bloggers who will be posting related content on each of their blogs over the next couple of weeks. You can find out more about who is taking part towards the end of this special post.

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to cost a fortune

So many people think that they need to spend a lot of money just because it is Valentine’s Day and in previous years, I have been guilty of this too. Me and my other half Andy treat each other throughout the year and so we don’t really need to spend lots of money on one day, especially as its not that long since Christmas. I therefore thought of some ideas to help you do Valentine’s Day on a budget.

As an example, I have £20. That needs to cover gifts, food and entertainment. So lets break it down:

Gifts

I only need to get a couple of things as a token gift, as well as a card that I can write a cute message inside. My first stop would be Poundland, because they have some great gifts in there, such as novelty, arts and crafts to name a couple. I’d also be looking at buying Andy’s card in there too. They do baking sets so you could maybe bake your other half a cake. If the budget allows and depending on what I’ve bought in Poundland, I would then look in a couple of charity shops because they usually have brand new items at a fraction of the cost like branded aftershaves that perhaps people have donated from unwanted presents.

Food

With gifts sorted, I would then look at food. Ordering a takeaway would eat up a lot of the budget and so I would probably choose something from a supermarket such as a pizza or one of those Indian meals for two that come in a bag. These usually come in at £5 or under and so is great if you are trying to save some pennies. I’d probably also pick up some sweets or chocolate for afterwards, if we choose not to have the cake I made.

Entertainment

Why not have a cosy night in. Once dinner is out of the way, you could watch a film together, followed by a board game such as monopoly. Valentine’s day should be about spending that time with the person you love, so whatever you choose to do, make sure it is something you will both love and enjoy. You never know, you might even have change left over from that £20 budget!

February 2020 Valentine’s Blog Collab Schedule

Day 1: @perselem will be posting a romantic getaway to Sardinia, Italy. You can check out her blog here: https://www.perselem.blog, Twitter here: https://twitter.com/perselem and Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/perselem
Day 2: @bamboopanda27 will be posting a Valentines Poem. You can check out her blog here: https://www.introvertedcreativity.com, Twitter here: https://twitter.com/bamboopanda27 and Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/bamboopanda27/
Day 3: Break
Day 4: @mybreakingviews will be posting Things to do this Valentines for singles, couples and groups. You can check out her blog here: https://www.mybreakingviews.com, Twitter here: https://twitter.com/mybreakingviews and Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/mybreakingviews
Day 5: Its me, thank you for reading. I’d like to say a special thank you to Luce for allowing me to take part in this amazing collaboration.
Day 6: @karaleecupcake will be posting a Valentines dessert recipe. You can check out her blog here: https://www.talesofbelle.com, Twitter here: https://twitter.com/karaleecupcake and Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/karaleecupcake
Day 7: @mrssleejones will be posting a simple gift guide for Valentines. You can check out her blog here: https://www.mrssleejones.com, Twitter here: https://twitter.com/mrssleejones and Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/ransleejones
Day 8: @_myanxiouslife will be posting about why should we bother with valentines? You can check out her blog here: https://www.myanxiouslife.co.uk, Twitter here: https://www.twitter.com/_myanxiouslife and Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/my.anxiouslife
Day 9: @_itsjustjessie_ will be posting a gifts (or not) Valentines guide. You can check out her blog here: https://www.wondererandtraveler.wordpress.com, Twitter here: https://twitter.com/_itsjustjessie_ and Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/jessiexmills
Day 10: @cozystylist will be posting a Valentines gift guide. You can check out her blog here: https://www.cozystylist.com, Twitter here: https://twitter.com/cozystylist and Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/all_things_cozy
Day 11: @themakeupbybeth will be posting a Valentines make-up tutorial. You can check out her blog here: https://www.themakeupbybeth.com, Twitter here: https://twitter.com/themakeupbybeth and Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/themakeupbybeth
Day 12: @_athenachristy will be posting Valentines inspired outfits for women. You can check out her blog here: https://www.athenachristy.wordpress.com, Twitter here: https://twitter.com/_athenachristy
Day 13: @chimmykins will be posting about what her parents taught her about relationships. You can check out her blog here: https://www.chimmyville.co.uk, Twitter here: https://twitter.com/chimmykins and Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/chimmykins88

Day 14: @luvandlifestyle will be posting a personal account of how my fiance’ first told me he loves me. You can check out her blog here: https://www.luvandlifestyle.com, Twitter here: https://twitter.com/luvandlifestyle and Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/kirstyblogs/

48 thoughts on “Valentine’s Day on a budget

  1. This is a great reminder that you don’t have to go all out for Valentine’s Day. I bought a shaving set that was on clearance for my bf & that’s all he’s probably getting. Then I’ll most likely be cooking dinner since we wouldn’t go out to eat w/ our daughter when it’s going to be so crowded.

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    1. Thank you for reading. I think Valentine’s day has become something where people are trying to out do each other, probably being inspired by social media and forgetting that it is a day about two people who love each other.

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  2. I love this post, Valentine’s Day really doesn’t need to cost a fortune and thanks to places like Poundland and Tiger, it really doesn’t have to.

    I love that you play board games etc on Valentine’s, Adam and I normally spend it watching movies but I really like this idea.

    X

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    1. Thank you for reading. I love Tiger too but I could spend a fortune in there on lots of little bits. I love a bit of healthy competition and banta when we play board games

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  3. Basically I love any “…Day on a Budget”post and this is one of the best I’ve read! Thanks for sharing this 🙂

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  4. If you live in the UK, Tesco’s does a meal deal for 10£ – a side, a main, a dessert and a bottle of wine. It’s a steal and they have so many good options.

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  5. My husband and I love to stay in and play games together. It is funny, you can turn most any game into adult fun! Have you ever heard of drinking jenga? We made a jenga game that we keep just for us that has fun things to do on each block, so every time you pull a block, it says something on it… so much fun!

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  6. I ❤️ the ideas on here! Really appreciate you spending the time to blog about it, it’s not always easy finding cheap ways to celebrate!

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to read it. I’m currently in a situation where I have to stick to a budget and I know I can’t be the only one so I thought I could share a few tips to help someone

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  7. Yesssss, this is brilliant, Kelly. I get so annoyed with Valentine’s Day because I feel it’s so commercialised and the true meaning seems to get lost under a bajillion red roses. I love your idea of sticking to a budget, that’s much more thoughtful and meaningful. Thank you for sharing! x

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  8. I am definitely doing valentines day on a budget this year – between the higher prices and crowds, I’d much rather go for a cozy valentines day at home then go out!

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  9. I really love seeing more about days like Valentine’s on a budget! I couldn’t agree more that money shouldn’t be the key factor, it’s about the time spent with each other. It’s nice to be a bit extravagant sometimes, but there’s nothing wrong with glamming up your every day life

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  10. I love this post! Valentine’s Day definitely doesn’t have to be expensive and I think anything handmade is more meaningful anyway. And I am all about food too. I’d rather just make a nice meal at home with my hubby and enjoy our time together that way!
    -Charity http://www.morningsonmacedonia.com

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  11. This is such a lovely post! You’re absolutely right, Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to an expensive holiday to be enjoyed. Oftentimes, it’s best to keep things simple and just spend time with your loved ones. You gave wonderful advice here! 💕

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  12. This is a great list of ideas for a budget friendly Valentine’s Day! I love the idea of having a cozy night in. That saves so much, because dinner on Valentine’s Day is expensive!

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    1. I’ve found that dinner can also be really busy with lots of people out at the same time, that the wait for your food takes much longer. Staying in means you can eat when you want to 😀 thank you for reading my latest post.

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  13. Such a good reminder that Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be expensive to be fun. Nowadays, I see people spending tons of money to spoil their other half and well if that’s what they want to do that’s totally fine but it’s not necessary to show your love in my opinion. 🙂

    xoxo Simone | https://beautymone.com

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