Valentine’s Day is coming up fast. You may be wondering what you’re going to get for your loved ones, ordering cakes, or checking off the list of kids’ names in your child’s class for valentine candy. I personally try not to get too worked up over Valentine’s Day.
There’s a great idea behind this holiday and that’s to remind people how much you love them. Luckily, you can do this wouldn’t spending a bunch of money and by keeping it simple. Here are some of the best budget-friendly ways to spread love this Valentine’s Day.
1. Make Them Breakfast
There’s almost no better way to say ‘I love you’ other than making someone breakfast. Every time someone makes me breakfast, I can’t help but feel loved and appreciated. Growing up, I remember the smell of my mom’s fresh pancakes, eggs, and sausage. Instead of going out to breakfast, head to the grocery store and grab a few of these items instead.
You can make a delicious brunch with waffles, fruit, bacon, and other items. Breakfast food is so easy to make and there are a lot of helpful recipes online even if you want to get fancier and make a frittata.
2. Write a Letter
Writing a letter can be more meaningful than just buying someone a card or sending a text. Consider writing your loved one a handwritten note to show them how much they mean to you. Don’t just stop at Valentine’s Day either. The recipient may enjoy receiving a handwritten letter regularly or once a month and collecting them.
3. Bake Something Special
Baking treats is another one of the best budget-friendly ways to spread the love this Valentine’s Day. My kids love treats like cookies and brownies. They enjoy it even more when I involve them and we bake something at home together. A box of brownie mix is only around $1 and it goes a long way.
You can even check out Pinterest to see some popular ideas for Valentine’s Day-themed desserts. Think about buying some plastic treat bags and giving your desserts to friends, family, first responders, and so on this year.
4. Clean Your Partner’s Car
Sometimes it’s the little things that matter most, like cleaning your partner’s car out for them. If you can find an affordable place that will detail the car, that’s great. Otherwise, you can take it to the gas station and vacuum it out, wipe down the interior surfaces, and get them a new car freshener to put in the vehicle.
Or, perhaps you may want to surprise them with some new car organization items. Search Amazon for the best prices on items like this backseat organizer that hangs over the driver and passenger side seats.
5. Make Cars For Nursing Home Residents
Nursing home residents love receiving Valentine’s Day cards. If you have kids, consider scheduling a day where the whole family can make tons of cards. Or, this could be a fun activity for a group of friends or coworkers. You can get tons of art supplies from the dollar store and get creative with the cards. Include quotes and positive phrases to help brighten someone’s day.
6. Perform a Random Act of Kindness
February 17th is Random Act of Kindness Day, but you could celebrate during the entire week. Sometimes smaller and simpler acts of kindness are one of the best ways to spread the love this Valentine’s Day. This includes paying it forward at your local coffee shop, offering to shovel snow for an elderly person in your area or even commenting on a stranger. Don’t forget that being nice to strangers can be an excellent way to spread love to someone.
One of the best budget-friendly ways to spread the love this Valentine’s Day can be to offer babysitting services to family and friends. Maybe you know a single mom or a couple who rarely gets time away from their children and responsibilities. Offer to spend a few hours or an evening babysitting to help them out.
Or, maybe you want to allow your spouse to have some time to get away and you volunteer to take the kids for a night. Either way, helping out with the kids is sometimes better than money or a gift.
8. Support Someone’s Small Business
Does a friend or loved one have a small business? These days, a lot of people have side hustles or ventures they’re trying to get off the ground. If you have some extra money, go the extra mile and support someone’s small business this month. This can mean taking an extra step and buying a greeting card from a small business owner instead of picking one up at Walgreens. Or, maybe it means buying a bath bomb or blanket from a friend’s shop.
If you don’t think you’ll use the item or service, get it as a gift for someone else.
Summary: Spread Love This Valentine’s Day Without Spending a Ton of Money
In my family, we like to keep Valentine’s Day pretty simple. There’s no reason to go overboard with huge balloons or elaborate gifts when there are plenty of loving things we can do for free or hardly any money at all. Narrow down some easy and affordable things you can do this month to make a difference in someone else’ life and remind them that they are loved. Then, you’ll be able to spread the love while still maintaining your budget for future expenses.