My poor husband. There was Christmas in late December, my birthday is tomorrow, Valentine’s Day is next week and we have our first wedding anniversary in March. Even worse, he is in law school, so I’m trying to make things easy on him.
Since my birthday and Valentine’s Day are just a few days apart, I suggested that we could combine the two and go out to one nice dinner. For my birthday gift (and this will probably double as Valentine’s Day, too) I’ve told him that I want to take a cooking class together. Neither of us feel very confident in our cooking skills. I think if we go take a knife skills basics or cooking chicken 101 class, not only will we have fun, but we’ll come away with some useful skills that will make us more inclined to cook in, and thus, save money in the long run. And I won’t end up with a gift that just adds more clutter to my apartment. I think that experiences are often the best presents!
For our anniversary, rather than buying each other presents, we’re going to get away and go a bed-and-breakfast in Fredericksburg, Texas, a quaint nearby town, for a weekend. We would save money if we went during the week, but luckily there are still plenty of affordable options on weekends. Many of the B&Bs have stand-alone cottages and cabins with their own kitchens. We’re going to stay at one of these so that we don’t have to eat out every lunch and dinner. It’s nice because it’s a laid-back town, and the main thing we will do there is just relax and enjoy each others’ company.
I’m proof that being romantic doesn’t have to make you broke. And lucky for my husband, after March, he’s all set until next December. If you need suggestions for an affordable Valentine’s Day, read below for my list of favorite personal finance blog posts from the past week — several of which have many great lovers’ day tips.
1. Mr. Free Stuff lists 53 free date ideas for Valentine’s Day.
2. Have you ever thought about trying a no-spend challenge? Well-Heeled Blog reveals the pros and cons of trying one. If you’re in a relationship, February may not be the best month to attempt one.
3. Generation X Finance suggests four easy ideas for making Valentine’s Day special without spending any money.
4. Enemy of Debt discusses some of the myths surrounding credit scores and how it affects things like car loans.
5. Frugal Dad has an infographic that shows how much consumers spend on Valentine’s Day and how it is celebrated elsewhere around the world.
6. Little Miss Moneybags discusses spending money to keep up appearances, and how it’s important to pay attention to hidden motivations you may have when making a purchase.
7. Careful Cents explains why bartering is an excellent strategy for paying down debt faster. You can also use it for obtaining a Valentine’s Day gift!
8. Everyone knows that attractive people are more likely to be movie stars, but how does that play into the real world? Wealth Informantic$ shares a fascinating post into how looks affect success and wealth.
9. PT Money lists 30 extremely cheap and creative ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
10. Studenomics outlines what college students need to know before they apply for their first credit card.