Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Be My Frugal Valentine

I just saw an advertisement for one dozen red roses with greens, wrapped or in a box for $50. Any other day of the year, long stemmed red roses run $2.50 each. They give me the greens and the wrapping for free, so presumably I could buy a dozen for $30 or less. If Sweetie brought me roses on Valentine's Day, I'd be mad. There is no danger of that happening since he's as frugal as I am. Other things I don't want: dinner out, tacky jewelry and bad chocolate. Dinners on Valentine's Day are usually over-priced and over-crowded. I like nice jewelry, but I'd prefer we didn't spend the money right now. Nice chocolate is fine; I'd rather have 4 pieces of premium chocolate than a pound of waxy, tasteless chocolate. But what I really want:

  • to be verbally appreciated
  • a few moments to reflect on our engagement which occurred on February 14, 1998
  • a nice family time
I'm pretty easy to please.

Of course, I will be reciprocating with a wee little something for my Sweetie. I don't know what it will be yet, but I'll brainstorm over the next couple of days and come up with something thoughtful. My crowning Valentine achievement was a few years ago when I took a glass jar with a red lid, decorated it with heart stickers and put in little pieces of paper with 101 reasons why I loved him. I don't know how I'll ever top that.
Pipsqueak has a Valentine party at school on Friday and will be bringing cards to everyone in her class. We've always made her cards. Sometimes I design them with her; sometimes we get kits. This year, she chose these kits from Oriental Trading. She's been working on some little secret project that she won't share with us, so I expect we'll be getting something from her. I'll be making a card for her and choosing a little gift from my hidden stash of clearance and thrifted Pipsqueak gifts.


Liz said...

I seem to have misplaced your email address. Will you send it again? estaats (at) eup.k12.mi.us


Tammie said...

i love the 101 reasons jar..what a great idea.

i went inexpensive on the valentines too and downloaded a couple of different ones from the internet..my favorite are the ones on theblackapple.

Kitt said...

That jar is so sweet! What a great idea.

I've done homemade coupon books before: "good for one hug," "Breakfast in bed," etc. Much nicer than something entirely commercial.

Anonymous said...

One of my pet sitting clients gave me a little box of 4 Godiva chocolates yesterday and I had to eat them all in one sitting because they were melting in the car. Oh, I felt the love!

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