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No Spend February: Valentine's Day

February 13th, 2016 at 08:13 am

We are not spending anything on Valentine's Day. We don't usually spend much at all most years, but this year no extras are being purchased. At most we can say I spent $8, $3 for a bag of candy, and $5 bill to mail to my niece. However, I technically used money for those in January. Smile

I have a box of chocolate caramels that were sent at Christmas and the bag of Valentine's candy that I purchased in January. That is our way of celebrating. Eating sweets!



I specifically told my husband not to buy any cards or flowers this year. That easily saved us $20 to $25. He usually buys a card for each of our daughters, and myself. And these are the $4 and $5 cards! That we look at for three seconds. And the flowers are a bouquet he picks up at the grocery store and puts in a vase when he arrives home.

We did send a homemade Valentine's card to our daughter in college that we all signed. I enclosed a $10 Subway gift card that I earned from MyPoints. She's not big into the whole Valentine's thing anyway.

I feel really good about this spending decision. Valentine's is one of those holiday's that seems so contrived. Will you spend any money on Valentine's Day?

16 Responses to “No Spend February: Valentine's Day”

  1. Ima saver Says:

    No money, but we usualy do go out to eat.

  2. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Mr FT and I will be ordering a heart shaped pizza from Valentino's. If your DD hasn't had Valentino's yet ... Smile she may want to check it out.

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    Oh, she's had Valentino's! We get it often when we are back. However, she thinks the sauce is too sweet. Smile

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    That's too bad. More for the rest of us. Smile

  5. Laura S. Says:

    We never spend anything on Valentine's Day. If I really want to stretch it, I can say we are going out. I have a mystery shop for Five Guys tomorrow. We generally split the food since they give you way too many fries.

  6. CB in the City Says:

    I usually get little somethings for the grandchildren. This year I bought little Whitman's sampler boxes for my local grandsons, and sent a valentine with a $5 bill to each of my Florida grandchildren.

  7. laura Says:


    Celebrating V-Day on a budget at my house: 5 shiny piggy banks from Dollar Tree + 3 bags of chocolates to be divided into six baggies. Hand-printed labels saying "HOGS AND KISSES". Total outlay: $8

  8. VS_ozgirl Says:

    We had a little celebration last night! We have family birthdays on Valentine's Day so decided to make a night out of it last night - gifts were around $30 each, cards were $2, we cooked lamb shanks in the slow cooker with scalloped potatoes and had chocolates while watching a movie. Was lots of fun!

  9. creditcardfree Says:

    While we made a stop at Target today (for Vitamin C, our daughter has a cold), I found a bouquet of flowers someone left on the shelf. I carried them around, smelling them, but then gave them to the cashier, as I didn't know where in the store they actually were suppose to go.

    @laura, piggy banks for the kids. Do they have a savings goal? My daughter keeps her funds in a round basket with a lid. I thought that was clever.

  10. alice4now Says:

    We make a favorite dinner and the girls are in charge of desserts! I give everyone something I think they will like and the kids make something, I like Valentines Smile

  11. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    I haven't gotten anything in year.

  12. Chatterbox Says:

    No spend day today. don't do anything for Valentine's day.. i am a single mum and my daughter isnt into it so don't bother

  13. snafu Says:

    We've blown No Spend February right out of the water! Backstory...we'd shopped for a new TV 2014, Black Friday week but life over ran us and we didn't complete the purchase. Yesterday, DH was at our largest electronic outlet with a friend who was completing his purchase of a TV and long story short, DH was offered a great 'deal' based on friend's high end purchase. It all flowed so smooth, the installer was pleased to do both jobs, the guys that take junque were available to take our old 60" HD Projection Toshiba monster away.

    Adding to costs, we have been talking about replacing kitchen chairs for too long. This served us well for 25 years. However, as likely the last of the rattan chairs on wheels, their stem caster's rings no longer hold. We've have them fixed twice and knew they were merely jerry-rigged. We've discussed the problem forever but never agreed on any set. Last Sunday, DH forgot how delicate the chairs can be and thunked down, into a chair. A wonky wheel flew one way, DH the other and he found himself abruptly on the floor.

    Amazingly, [likely TV anticipation] DH approved of a set of chairs! The issue has been his desire for chairs on wheels which are no longer offered. I was out the door by 9 AM, had demo chairs loaded in SUV and home by 11 AM. Between us we've spent a passel! This year's special St V dinner will be DH's requested Lasagna, which will be accompanied with Caesar salad. I'm trying to decide whether to make Brownies or Red Velvet cupcakes for dessert. Any preferences?

    DH will likely make Sunday breakfast. Whatever he chooses is terrific! Experience confirms the simpler the breakfast the less the clean up that's my responsibility.

  14. My English Castle Says:

    I think I'm switching to homemade cards for lots of these occasions. My late mother loved a fancy expensive card, but I'd prefer something less elaborate and more personal.

  15. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    What a great day snafu. I like the chair story.

  16. scfr Says:

    I spent $63, all on my niece and nephew, some for now and some for later. They each received: $5 cash (for now), a $1 card, and $25 to their 529 accounts (for later). There was also postage to mail the 2 cards.

    DH often buys a box of candy on post-Valentine's Day clearance for me, so when all is said and done we may spend up to $70.

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