Saturday, February 14, 2009

Valentine's Day on a Budget

Hubby and I celebrated Valentine's Day yesterday. Neither of us had gone shopping yet so we went together to the mart of wal. I threw a bag of Reese's cups in the cart and I was done. It is my hubby's favorite candy of all time. No need for a fancy box. He just wants the candy. He insisted on buying me some flowers but I was happy that they were less expensive ones from that store than the ones he usually gets at the florist. I always ask him to not buy me flowers on V-day as they cost too much but he always does anyway. He got me the bear because he knows that I don't need the temptation of candy right now. I'm involved in a Biggest Loser competition at work.

Then on to Valentine cards. I don't know about you but I think five bucks is too much to spend on cards. I would have made one at home but ran out of time. My mom had told me once that she and her sister would go to the store together and pick out cards for each other. They would exchange the cards right there in the store and then set them back on the shelf. (Of course they didn't sign them, it was the thought that counts) So we did that. I picked out my favorite card for him and he did the same for me. We exchanged the cards. Read them. Put them back on the shelf. Total Cost. $0.

After the shopping we went to dinner. Due to a conveniently timed birthday of hubby, we had a free dinner coupon to Red Robin. I had signed up for their club and they sent hubby a belated gift. He loves their 5 Alarm Burger and my favorite is the Whisky River BBQ Wrap. Since it was a birthday coupon, the waitress brought us a desert to share. Total for dinner was $10.77 + tip.

Next up was a movie. If you go to Kerasotes website you can sign up for the $5 club. Every Thursday they send you an email of what movies are eligible for the $5 price at participating theaters. Hubby has been wanting to see Gran Torino and it was on the list this week so we both got to see the movie for $10.

We had a great night out and felt really good about not spending a fortune on gifts and cards that we really don't need.