I have a bit of a beef with Valentine’s Day.  And it doesn’t have anything to do with the fact I never really had a valentine before Carl.  It has to do with the fact that Valentine’s Day is made out to be about buying stuff over actually showing love.

From what I’ve gathered from my years of not having a valentine’s, the whole goal is to have someone like you enough to give you flowers, chocolate and a stuffed animal.  If that person was a official significant other, then some sexy time was expected too.  There’s even a commercial out there right now that has guys talking about how they “have to get her chocolate” like all hell will break loose if homegirl doesn’t get her chocolate.

I’m so thankful that Carl and I don’t do Valentine’s with chocolates and stuffed animals.  If you read my post from earlier this week, you know that Carl and I live under a tight budget.  That means we can’t go all out for Valentine’s.  No worries! We have become pros at showing love without using money.  Here are some of my favorite low budget date ideas.

Ideas for a Valentine's day that wont be boring or break the bank.  There are more ways to show you love someone than with chocolates and flowers

Make a fort together.

Cook dinner together and set the table with candles and fancy dinnerware.

Bake treats to take to the nursing home.

Make him a Reasons I Love You craft.

Recreate your first date.

Actually do one of the crafts from your Pinterest.

Decide on a budget and then make a gift for each other.

Browse Groupon and Living Social for exciting deals.

How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day?

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  • Those commercials/blog posts/magazine articles/etc. that make valentines day all about the stuff totally set my teeth on edge! The meaning behind the holiday is so totally sweet and I hate that it gets obscured by *stuff*. My boyfriend and I are going to cook a nice meal together and play board games! Simple but sweet. I love your idea to recreate your first date!

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