Valentine’s Day is one of those days that you either love or hate. When you were young child you either loved receiving a ton of cards in your box or you dreaded opening your box to see if you got any.
As a teenager you either loved of the spectacle surrounding the new feelings you were experiencing or all you felt was angst about the entire mess that is adolescence/young adulthood. In your 20s Valentine’s Day can mean so many things depending on where you’re at on your journey. By the time you are a parent it can take on a whole new life.
The roles of “Husband” and “Wife” are now blurry with the roles of “Father” and “Mother”. After many years together it can also be difficult to think of something new and exciting to show that you care. The cynical view that some corporation is just trying to get you to use your hard earned money to buy love and affection practically has you wearing a tin foil hat. Inevitably, this once intimate occasion has now become a Pinterest nightmare.
Fun Things to do on Valentines Day when you’re on a budget
In an effort to keep your budget on track and save your sanity let’s go back to the basics: K.I.S.S. Not the kind you are thinking of.
Keep. It. Simple. Stupid.
Please don’t do it. The kids don’t care how cute that project is or the intricacies of a well played pun and your time and money should not be spent on trying to show them the Martha Stewart light. Of course showing affection and love are worthy of time and energy, but those perfect Pinterest pins are not the way to do it.
A handmade card (preferably using sweet little hands for art), a couple of carefully selected chocolates, or some coupons for special time together or services rendered clipped and presented in a cute simple mason jar are a great way to tell them you love them.
Use your time to find a way to show them exactly how you feel. Write them a letter. Encourage your children to hand write a personal note to each class mate on (gasp!) store bought cards (that were preferably on clearance the year before and saved for this year). If you want to spend money on a token of your affection, don’t waste it on flowers (though a single flower is a nice touch).
Think of something that will be appreciated as a sign of your love for more than just the one day that is set aside exclusively for expressing it. This should not be a holiday manufactured to make you spend money to tell someone you love them… It should be a holiday that reminds us all that the greatest gift of all is love.
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Fun Things To Do with Kids on Valentines Day When You’re on a Budget
Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be about extravagant gifts and pricey outings. You can create lasting memories with your kids on a budget by engaging in fun and meaningful activities. Here are some budget-friendly ideas for a delightful Valentine’s Day with your little ones:
Homemade Card Crafting:
Spend the day making personalized Valentine’s Day cards. Get creative with colored paper, stickers, markers, and glitter. This activity not only provides a fun outlet for creativity but also results in heartfelt cards for family and friends.
Cookie Decorating Party:
Bake simple sugar cookies together and set up a decorating station with various icing colors, sprinkles, and edible decorations. Kids will love expressing their artistic flair on delicious treats.
Family Movie Night:
Create a cozy movie night at home. Let each family member pick their favorite movie, make some popcorn, and snuggle up for a night of cinematic enjoyment. Consider choosing heartwarming films or animated classics.
Set up a picnic in your living room with blankets and cushions. Pack simple snacks like sandwiches, fruits, and cheese. Enjoy a relaxed meal together while chatting and bonding.
Love-themed Scavenger Hunt:
Create a love-themed scavenger hunt with clues leading to small treats or surprises. This activity not only engages kids but also adds an element of excitement to the day.
Heartfelt Story Time:
Spend quality time reading Valentine’s Day-themed books together. Look for stories that celebrate love, friendship, and kindness. Discuss the messages in the books and share your thoughts with each other.
DIY Craft Projects:
Engage in do-it-yourself craft projects using materials you already have at home. Create heart-shaped paper chains, handprint art, or even simple homemade Valentine’s Day decorations.
Family Karaoke Night:
Turn up the music and have a family karaoke night. Sing along to favorite tunes, including songs about love and happiness. This is a lighthearted and entertaining way to celebrate together.
Nature Walk and Collecting:
Take a leisurely walk in a nearby park or nature reserve. Encourage kids to collect heart-shaped rocks, leaves, or flowers. It’s an opportunity for both outdoor fun and exploring nature.
Create a Family Recipe:
– Cook a special meal together as a family. Let each member contribute to the preparation, and enjoy the satisfaction of creating a delicious homemade dinner.
Board Games or Puzzle Night:
– Dust off the board games or work on a family puzzle. Friendly competition and collaboration during game night can make for a memorable and cost-effective Valentine’s Day.
– If the weather permits, spend the evening stargazing. Identify constellations, share stories, and enjoy the tranquility of the night sky.
Family Dance Party:
– Clear some space, put on your favorite tunes, and have a family dance party. It’s a fantastic way to have fun, stay active, and celebrate the joy of togetherness.
DIY Pizza Night:
– Make your own pizzas at home. Provide a variety of toppings and let each family member create their personalized pizza masterpiece. It’s a delicious and interactive way to spend the evening.
Virtual Visits with Loved Ones:
– If you’re unable to be with extended family or friends, schedule a virtual call to share greetings and love. Connecting online allows you to celebrate together, no matter the distance.
Remember, the most meaningful moments often come from spending time together and expressing love in simple, thoughtful ways. These budget-friendly activities can create lasting memories and make Valentine’s Day special for the whole family.
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