PennySaverUSA has a very special Save Money Monday for you this week. We’re here to help you plan the perfect Valentine’s day on a budget. You can thank us later.
Checklist of items you’ll need:
A perfect example of a chocolate box, flowers and a note.
Eggs — $1-$3 depending on store price and if you have coupons
King’s Hawaiian Rolls — $1-$3 depending on store price and if you have coupons
Oranges – Less than $5
A bouquet of flowers — $5-$10 at most grocery stores or pharmacies
Vase – Free-$5 if you buy it at a thrift shop
A small box of chocolates – $5 or less depending on store price and type of chocolates
A notepad — $1
Your valentine’s favorite fish fillet – $5-$10 depending on store price, type of fish
Lemon — $.50 or less
Candle — $1-$5
Heart-shaped cookie cutter – $1
Salad — $5 or less depending on store price and sales
Romantic DVD – Free -$5 depending on rental price and coupons
Total cost: $25-$50 depending on your budget
Plan of attack:
Step 1: Buy all of the checklist items.
Step 2: Place the bouquet of flowers and vase either in her car or near the front door (depending if she drives to work) and write three hand-written notes the night before that you will strategically place in certain spots throughout the day.
- The first note should say something to the effect of “Enjoy this home-cooked breakfast courtesy of your lovely Valentine”.
- The second note should say something to the effect of “have a great day with this little scented surprise”.
- The third not should say something to the effect of “Thanks for being such an amazing Valentine, enjoy this little treat on me”.
Step 2: Wake up really early, plant the first two notes, make breakfast and either make fresh-squeezed orange juice (if you have a juicer) or just buy some orange juice from the store. The first note should be deftly placed under her pillow or on her nightstand while she is sleeping. If she drives to work, the second note should be placed on her car dashboard or if she stays home or walks to work, the note should be placed on the front door. A simple breakfast of eggs, King’s Hawaiian rolls (trust us, if you haven’t tried them, they’re the best) and orange juice should be ready in the kitchen and waiting, so when she wakes up and reads her note, you are prepared to bring it to her in bed.
Step 3: Get home early and start cooking. The beauty of fish is that it cooks pretty quickly and is very easy to prepare. Once again, if you are a confident cook, make it as fancy as you want. If not, here are some quick and easy steps for making fish:
One candle is key for setting the mood.
- Put a little butter and olive oil in a sauce pan.
- Place the pan on low-medium heat on the stove
- Rinse the piece of fish in some water and sprinkle it with salt and pepper
- Put the salmon into the sauce pan
- Squeeze a bit of the lemon juice on top of the salmon as it cooks
- ***Once the salmon has been cooking for a few minutes, it should be nice and tender. That’s when you get the heart-shaped cookie cutter out (make sure it’s the right size for a piece of salmon) and carefully use it to cut the piece of salmon into a heart! Even if she isn’t blown away by the flavor of the salmon, you’ll surely wow her with your creative touch.***
Step 4: Either make a little salad or buy one from the store and put it on the plate with the salmon. Set it on the table, light the candle and put all the lights off.
Step 5: Hand her the final note with one hand and once she has read it, the small box of chocolates with the other for a final dessert.
Step 6: After you have enjoyed a tasty dinner and chocolates, offer to watch whatever romantic movie your Valentine wants to watch (or if your Valentine dislikes romantic movies, let her choose another type of movie)
Step 7. The rest of the night is up to you!