This Valentine’s Day you won’t be seeing any of those “10 Ways To Be Frugal On Valentine’s Day” posts on this blog. The reason? We’re not going to be frugal this year. We’re just going to go all out, and have a good time regarless of the cost. We’re going to spend whatever it takes to make a memorable day!
In past years we’ve been extremely frugal on this romantic holiday, finding ways that we could make the day special, yet still low cost.
We would make a romantic dinner at home, celebrate a day early or late, or use coupons for local restaurants to get a discount. We were pretty successful in finding ways to make it frugal.
This year we decided to set aside some money for a romantic weekend to just get away and reconnect. It’s already been a hectic year, and we really needed some time away with each other. We decided that we would just do what we wanted this year, regardless of cost (within reason) and take time to just be with each other.
So this year we decided to do the following:
- Relaxing breakfast together at home.
- 1 hour couples massage.
- Dinner at a nice restaurant with special Valentine’s Day package.
- Staying at a nice hotel.
When all is said and done we’re spending probably close to $300 or more on our romantic weekend. Could we have spent less? Probably. I really believe, however, that it’s OK to splurge sometimes, as long as the following conditions are met:
- You’re not deeply in debt.
- You save up for the splurge and pay in cash.
- Don’t go overboard and harm future savings.
So as you’re reading this we’re probably out and about, enjoying our day. Ahhh.. Being without debt is so freeing!
What are you doing for Valentine’s Day? Do you celebrate it, and if you do, are you spending a lot of money this year?
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Mrs. Accountability says
Wow! You’ll have to tell us how the day went. I don’t know if I could ever spend $300 on a holiday. Although we did splurge and buy some New York Strip steak that was on sale for $3.87/# which we’ll BBQ on the grill. I’m making potato soup and cutting steamed beets into heart shapes. This will make the soup pink! We’ll also have asparagus which is one sale for $0.97/# Making an upside-down cheesecake in a heart shaped tin. Candles on the table. Still need to clean off the table! Making tiny truffles to decorate the cheesecake as well as a cranberry sauce to drizzle over the top. Oh, also making chocolate sorbet. It’s already chilling. Well, that’s my plan, we’ll see how well I can go forward with what my imagination came up with.
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The Geared Investor says
You hit all of the right points as to why you should be able to do this every now and then. My wife and I just paid off our credit cards, wedding, and honeymoon, so we went for a $275 dinner on Valentine’s for the first time in our life. I think we deserved it, and so do you my friend. Cheers!
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Sounds great! An investment in your marriage is always a good one.
We’re spending a lazy day together. We’re making some fondue and we’ll watch the movie “Fireproof” that I rented from a Redbox.
@Kacie – That is a great movie. IMO, every married couple should watch that movie. Pretty powerful stuff!
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Definitely a good movie for married couples. We just watched that movie the other night. Very good.
The Passive Dad says
Sounds like you have a fantastic day planned. We’re going frugal this year and just got pizza for us and the kids. My wife gave me the best valentines and cleaned the inside of my car. It really was getting bad and she even vacuumed.
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Travis @ CMM says
We splurged also. Went up to Paoli Peaks in Indiana skiing, spent the night in a nice hotel, and the next day both got massages. It was awesome, and totally worth it.
Like you, we saved the money in advance, so no harm was done.
Aren’t massages great? I always thought they sounded weird – until I got one. Now I’m hooked. So relaxing!