Happy Valentine’s!

Jordan Page from FunCheapOrFree.com and BudgetBootCamp.com, here. It’s the month of L-O-V-E and what a better time to show your family and special someone how much you care.

There are so many fun and affordable activities you can do with your family this month that are inexpensive, and yes, even free! Here are five I want to share with you today!

7-in-7 Valentine’s Week Challenge

This activity is great because it is completely versatile and can be used with your kids, spouse, neighbors, anyone! Each day during the week of Valentine's Day, do at least one random act of love. Do one of your chores for them, buy them a little something sweet, or send a love note in their lunchbox. Check the Flipp app for good deals on treats and Valentine’s goods so you don’t overspend! The ideas are endless, but whatever it is, do one little thing for them each day and make their entire Valentine’s week one to remember!

I Love You Every Hour

This is an activity that you can plan as a family to give to someone else, or you can plan it to surprise your own family! The idea is to buy 24 small bags or containers (you could even use envelopes) and fill them with notes and items to show your love. It doesn’t have to be expensive! You could make them all love notes or coupons like “Breakfast in bed,” no cost required. Again, If you have a little budget, check the Flipp app and head to the store! You can pick up candies, gum, stickers, gift cards, chapstick, or other small items. Be creative! Fill each bag or envelope and label them with an hour of the day. On Valentine’s Day, present your loved one with the gift and instruct them to open one each hour.

Heart Attack

No, don’t HAVE a heart attack...GIVE a heart attack! Heart attacking is a fun surprise way to show someone you care. All you need is paper, scissors, a pen or markers, and tape. Cut out TONS of heart shapes, write happy messages on them, then tape them all over someone’s door. One fun thing to do is "heart attack" your kids rooms after they go to bed. When they wake up on Valentine’s Day, they’ll be surrounded by hearts! Tape them on their walls, above their bed, their door, and even sprinkle a few all over the floor. This is sure to be a tradition they will look forward to each year.

Family Valentine’s Celebration

Once my kids were old enough to understand and get excited about holidays we began the tradition of a family celebration. I stock up at the dollar store and decorate the house with streamers, banners, balloons etc. and let the kids put up Valentine’s themed window decals. I have small plastic containers and fill them with random trinkets like stickers and bouncy balls as well as small candies. Then we have a special dinner like our first year when we had heart-shaped grilled cheese sandwiches. It doesn’t have to be fancy or over the top, in fact, my kids like it when we just have simple fun together.

Frugal Valentine’s Night Out

A romantic night out doesn’t have to cost a fortune. If you need a babysitter ask a friend to do a swap. One of you take Friday night, the other take Saturday night, and there you go! If you want to stay low budget check the Flipp app for the best deals on food that week, and make a romantic dinner at home! You could even set up a picnic somewhere. If you do choose to go out, pick the restaurant ahead of time and research coupons, promos, or discounts they might be offering. Skip the dessert, it’s always overpriced, and enjoy a sweet treat at home.

So there you go, fun and simple ways to show your loved ones that you care.

Those are my 5 ideas to have Valentine’s Day fun this month! I have billions of additional ideas over on Fun Cheap or Free and share all my budgeting secrets on Budget Boot Camp so check them all out, and enjoy the season of love with your family!

If you have any additional ideas on fun and affordable Valentine’s activities, let us know below!