Having been with my lovely husband for more years than I care to remember (19 ok, it’s 19) we have a fair few Valentine’s Days under our belts. In the early days it was all massive bouquets of flowers and fancy pants meals in swanky places. Then as time wore on we set a budget for gifts and nights out we’re replaced by takeaways.
Then when baby (now honking great toddler) arrived, we sort of gave up entirely. We were too busy and too tired to make an effort. But when you’re too busy and too tired to make an effort, that’s the time you really should be making an effort.
So this year will be different. Ok so I’m now self-employed and all my disposable income has been disposed of elsewhere, but being a bit of a thrifty type I’m determined to make this one a little bit special even on a tiny, even non-existent budget.
Valentine’s Day this year is on a Friday which is obviously a work day. Hubs will have been at work and I’ll have spent the day with a riotous toddler. We’ll both be tired and maybe a bit frazzled so what we plan needs to be not only budget friendly but incredibly simple, so this is what’s on the agenda.
7.30pm – Put riotous toddler to bed
7.35pm – Breathe
7.45pm – Husband (who never cooks but when he does it’s brilliant) makes spaghetti vongole, but without the vongole because I’m veggie and don’t eat seafood. Plus, you know, kerching!
8.00pm – Open leftover bottle of prosecco from Christmas (yes, such a thing as leftover booze does exist in our house, it’s rare but it does happen), consume spaghetti vongole
8.30pm – I make a sexy pudding, which in this case will be some heart shaped biscuits the toddler and I will have made that afternoon (baking activity turned into slave labour, parenting at its best) with nice Aldi ice cream and some raspberries
9.30pm – Curl up on the sofa with the rest of the prosecco, exchange homemade cards and cuddles then watch a DVD
11.30pm – Bedtime with extra snuggles.
Simple but lovely and what’s more, very, very cheap.
Will you be enjoying a budget Valentine’s Day? What are your penny-wise tips for passionate Valentines? I’d love to hear them.