My frugal valentine

February 13, 2009 at 9:33 am (parties, Valentine's Day)

I just realized this title may sound like my “valentine” was frugal with me.  And hopefully he actually will be for this Hallmark holiday this year, but the post is actually about ME be frugal this year.  There’s a couple things I remember about past Valentine Day’s when I was a kid.  We never blew it up crazy or anything like that, but it was always sweet & perfect!!  The first memory is that EVERY single year our Dad would leave each of us something on our kitchen counter.  Each of us kids would get a small heart of chocolates.  Staci & I would also get a single rose with ours.  And my Mom would always get a big heart of chocolates along with more flowers.  Mom’s are “supposed” to take care of everything & get all the holidays ready, so it was just always cute & sweet to think of my Dad doing the shopping:).

The second memory I have is of one particular year that we came home from school to the dinner table being decorated to a “t” with pink & red.  There were balloons, confetti, and even a tablecloth – which with 4 kids we rarely, if ever, ate off of tablecloths!!!  I remember that year being a fun, different surprise.

I have a few other Valentine memories like the silly Cupid things you did in Middle School – why did the school host a “Secret Cupid” let me send someone I like a red carnation something or another?!?!   That always seemed so strange!

Anyways, Valetine’s is one of those “holidays” that it’s fun to do a little something for – even if it’s just wearing a red t-shirt, but I don’t want to go overboard by any means.  But as M & E grow, I just want the day to be a little something extra, a little something more special.  But this year I went frugal all the way baby!!

So, frugality 101 – use leftover Christmas stuff … it’s red, so it’s perfect!!  Left-over solid red napkins will be on the table & I bought some solid red plates after Christmas so they’ll be on the table as well.  It’s amazing how much “Christmas” stuff you can get that’s not even “Christmas-y” during the After-Christmas-Sales.   I got some fancy rolls of wrapping paper for 42 cents from Target … they look nothing like Christmas – they’ll be perfect for wedding presents this year!

I found an unopened bag of Christmas M&M’s last week (obviously that was a mistake, otherwise they’d have already been eaten).  I split the red & green – and just like that … I get Valentine’s & St. Patty’s Day all out of Christmas!!









Those combined with a bag of pretzels & some white chocolate chip morsels that were already in the pantry, Evan & I made these little Valentine gifts:


Or to be really frugal & done with all of it … I might just email this with a Happy Valentine’s note (if only I could have gotten it in focus!!).


So were you frugal or did you go all out?

Happy Valentine’s Day!



  1. AmyG said,

    The kids are adorable! Love all your ideas for Valentines. We just got the girls a stuffed toy & a small heart shaped box of chocolates. Next year, I’m going to borrow your ideas. ;) Thank you!

  2. staci said,

    Ooooh, I could just eat them up…the pretzels too!

    I don’t really remember the tablecloth and all. Was that the year we got an Allen & Allen outfit?! THAT I do remember.

  3. Rebekah said,

    The kids looks so adorable!! We are defintly being frugal this year. I’m making our dessert and the cake mix was 0.96 and I have icing at home!!! Hope you guys have a fun Valentines

  4. oh amanda said,

    SO CUTE! Lydia and I made some valentines out of some CHRISTMAS fun foam I bought at Michaels—nice and red!

    I want some of those pretzels!!

  5. Alicia said,

    Will you send me those pretzels? yummy!I love the pic of M& E! So SWEET…We did splurge on a dinner date but for gifts we did very simple and small. Josh got Madison a lady necklace that was $5 and she thinks it is the best thing in the world!

  6. Alicia said,

    edit above- ladybug

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