Valentine’s Day On a Budget

If you’re a nurse or a nursing student, chances are you’re on a budget. Chances are you also looked at the title of this post and loudly proclaimed, ‘not possible!’ Well, I beg to differ. Valentine’s Day is all about expressing your love in the truest form possible, not necessarily about shelling out the big bucks. Turns out you’ll be scrubbing in and taking the Valentine’s Day shift? Not a problem. Showing your loved one how much he/she means to you isn’t reserved only for the 14th of February. In fact, in my very humble opinion, I think every day ought to be a Valentine’s Day of sorts.  So if you have to, simply push off Valentine’s Day by a day or two. And here’s how to make it meaningful without having to spend your paycheck in one fell swoop.

1. Extreme Couponing

Well…not literally. Create a personal, homemade ‘coupon booklet’ for your loved one to cash in as he/she pleases. Include things like one free massage, dinner of your choice, breakfast in bed, total control of the remote for one night, a guy’s/gal’s night out etc. It’s thoughtful, it’s fun, and best of all it’s freeee!

2. Game Night

When was the last time you just sat home all comfy and cozy and played a board game. Yeah, me too…never! This Valentine’s Day, let’s vow to change that. Pull out a stack of your favorite board games and let out your inner child. It doesn’t even have to be a physical board game. Play charades if you’d like. There’s nothing like getting to know a spouse or significant other over a gaggle of laughs.

3.  Picture This

A picture is worth a thousand words! Go through those stacks of photos collecting dust, and pull out your favorites. Either turn it into a meaningful slideshow or create a memories album, where you can pair photos with their corresponding memorabilia. Not sure what I mean? Remember that basketball game you went to…and you landed on the kiss cam. Great memory, huh? Well, pair that photo with the tickets, and voila, one memory page all filled up. Pull out the markers and craft supplies and you can really create a masterpiece!

4.  Love Notes

Write up a whole bunch up personalized and handmade love notes and hide them everywhere; and I mean everywhere! In pants pockets, under pillows, in the spice rack, in the fridge etc. Basically, wherever your loved one tends to look throughout the course of the day. Like this, he/she will get to experience your affection allll day long!

5. Dinner Date

Sounds like it’ll cost money, huh? Nope, no more money than you would spend on a regular dinner. Okay, maybe a drop more- but just because it’s Valentine’s Day. In any case, make it a stay-at-home dinner date. But not just any old dinner date. You’re going to shop for it together, cook it together, and then eat it in your very own dining room together. Oh, and make sure it’s candle lit and you’re all dressed up, of course. It’ll be fun, it’ll be romantic, and most of all, meaningful!

And of course, I can’t finish off this post without one very important bit of advice. You know where I’m going with this, don’t you? Say I LOVE YOU. Say it over and over, because when it comes from the heart it means more than any gift or gesture does. HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!




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