|Frugal V Day How to
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
NOTE: I say "Frugal V Day" because it was just Valentine's Day - but really you can take this advice & use it for any sort of celebration -
We, like a lot of other folks, have been broker than usual - but that did not deter me from having a Valentine's Day celebration for hubby & me!
And do you believe it? I got almost everything at the DOLLAR TREE! On the Saturday before V Day most of the obvious V Day stuff was gone, which pushed me further into the innards of the Dollar Tree & you know, I think it helped me out!
I did get a small box of Spiderman chocolates w/a heart - basically because it said "You Are Awesome!" & I liked the sentiment. Then I got a box of dark chocolate raisinettes & a box of Mrs. Fields cookie candy. And a bottle of what looked like special root beer - because hubby likes it & doesn't drink alcohol.
I did find a kit for 2 cute door hangers with a V Day love theme - & some red gift bags, some red heart gift bags (2 4 $1) & some tissue paper (recyclable around our house). Bags (& tissue) are always good to have when you have multiple little gifts. And of course, the bags can be used again, too.
I poked around in the bin of CDs & found FARM AID 15 - actually TWO cds with all the artists hubby likes! Great buy!
I also bought some household items - like Murine eye drops, vitamins, ear plugs plus some large pretzels I like - so I spent @$25 before tax - & 2/3 of it was for V Day. Not bad.
Then, when I was in Big Lots looking around for some more bargain Atkins Diet shakes (I found them, too) I went through the bin of $3 movies and bought 2. We have been fished out in terms of free movies on cable lately, and with the better On-Demand movies costing $5-6, I figured it would be OK to buy some, as it would be cheaper. (And we can always pass them on to family & friends....)
It's amazing how many perfectly good films which have sunk in oblivion are in those bargain bins! I chose the ones I got by the quality of the cast, not a bad tactic - & Got 2 "Manly" movies that would appeal to hubby. We watched one V Day evening & he enjoyed it very much. (I can dominate movie choices, & don't go for modern war flicks, but this older one I got was OK.) Still have to see the other one - a crime drama.
Hubby had been shopping at our local Smart & Final, which has good deals, & got the champagne on sale (&I think my chocolate hearts, as well....) He also bought a large frozen lasagna. And do you know, that lasagna is better than the one we get delivered, because it isn't as terribly SALTY as the one from the restaurant. We are going to buy more of THOSE.
The night before we had watched the Grammys with come champagne & lingerie & on V Day we continued (all lingerie from thrift shops in perfect condition!) Hubby got his card (downloaded from the internet & colored in by me) & all the gifts on V Day evening - & oh, hubby brought me some flowers, too. Quite a celebration! And much less than any dinner out where you have to appear fully dressed....
During the weekend, hubby had taken me shopping for a new uke - as I already needed to upgrade & after some shopping we found a nice one for $29 - less than the price online! It does help to shop around on the net even if not buying there. I have to admit that I would never have bought this model off the net - as it looked cheesy - but the sound was so nice, that I picked it over a $50 one! Strange how that works - That's why it's good to TRY instruments first IN PERSON before you buy - as quality varies from instrument to instrument & even the best mfgrs. have duds.
THAT was supposed to be = to my V Day Dinner - but we managed to dine by candlelight ANYWAY. And it STILL was less than dinner!
See? It CAN be done. There is so much out there, that you, too, can glean goodies. Try it.
We have been together for 10 years now. Not as much as some - but we keep the love light burning....
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