Thoughtful Love on a Budget

Anyone who is anti-Valentine’s Day would say, “You don’t need one day to celebrate love.” Well, I would say as much as that’s a good point, it’s also always nice and thoughtful to write a card, do something special, or say something sweet to your loved ones on Valentine’s Day.  Sure you could do any of those things on any day of the year, but if you decide to do something special on Valentine’s Day, don’t let the (most likely single) party-poopers discourage you and your lovely ideas!

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Valentine’s Day is seen as a consumer holiday and a poor excuse to spend a ridiculous amount of money on flowers and chocolate. Here are some budget friendly and thoughtful alternatives for celebrating your love — and for any anti-Valentine’s readers out there… Remember these ideas for ANY DAY that you want to do something special for your loved ones. These frugal and thoughtful ideas can be very helpful if you’re in college and on a tight budget. 

Share a fun experience with your loved one…

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Go for a hike or take a walk in nature, explore local food trucks, check out a local festival, or try something goofy—be a child again and have a romantic, moonlit swing set session at the park. The mental peace and happiness you experience just by spending time and having fun with the one you love will always be more memorable and special than an expensive thing. Rediscovering your inner child can make you and your loved one[s] much happier. Did you know that emotional memories tend to last longer than commoditized goods? Not very surprising seeing as they love YOU, not just material things!

Cook a homemade dinner or bake some delicious desserts together…

When it’s Valentine’s, I like to spend time with my partner, my parents, my brother, and my close friends.  Sometimes I organize a cooking night with my family or spend a day baking (and chatting) with my close friends. Valentine’s is a great time to spend quality time at home, wearing your most comfortable clothes, celebrating how much you love each other, your family, and your friend[s]. This is one of my personal favorite ways celebrate Valentine’s Day (or any weekend really) because I feel so free and relaxed. Cooking actually does help you relax! Try doing something relaxing and rewarding with your loved ones this Valentine’s.

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Use your skills! Make a DIY present all on your own…

A present you have created yourself is always more meaningful than just buying something from the store. The final result of your work and creativity is an awesome Valentine’s Day memory and a special personalized gift for your loved one that they could never get from any one other than you. You can find tons of DIY ideas for making something inexpensive, special, and thoughtful.

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Be sweet. Leave love notes around the house, work place, cars, etc…

No, not a card from the store! I mean an actual love letter. I’ve written love notes to my partner and family just to express how much they mean to me. They’re another way to say ‘thanks’ for everything they do. You can add thoughtful poems or thoughts in your love note. After all, you only need some creative thinking, paper, and something to write with. Kind and thoughtful words can have a much stronger impact on the feelings of your loved ones than material goods. It’s all about appreciating loved ones; something small like this can go a long way. Do a simple search on Pinterest for some cool ways to present your note if you want to get even fancier.

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Try to make this season more meaningful, creative, and thoughtful rather than focusing on spending money on unnecessary material things. If you’re on a budget, stick to it! Don’t blow off smart money management just because of a holiday. You can wait to do that until you’re a billionaire or until someone finally invents those money-growing trees we’re always hearing about.

—Tinu Silva

Originally published on Complete Student Loans by UHEAA blog. 

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