Valentine’s Day is once again close at hand. You know this, because when you were purchasing your last minute gifts on Christmas Eve, you had to reach across a display of candy hearts to hand the cashier your money. Or perhaps it was the racks of Valentine cards you passed while searching for hidden clearance treasures on December 26th.
Sure, stores take full advantage of every holiday and occasion. But don’t boycott celebrating Valentine’s Day with your family because of commercialism. See beyond that to create your own traditions with your little loved ones.
Here are some frugal ways to celebrate Valentines Day for kids.
It was a quiet, cold February 13th evening a few years ago. The kids were snoozing, and I was up contemplating, as usual, whether I had done enough to make the holiday special for them. I already had a small box of $1 chocolates for each of them.
Now I’m not the type of person who feels every event needs to be over the top. Celebrating in simple ways works out best for my family. The more you give to kids, the less they appreciate what they have. It overwhelms their little systems.
So I decided that I’d give them just one more small gift. Something I could put together at home for free. Something that would be a small bit of “icing on the cake”.
Free Printable Coupons
I put together a set of coupons for each child. They each get one “stay up late by yourself (as in with no other kids)” pass, one “ice cream with Mom (or Dad)” pass, and one “day free from chores” pass.
When I woke up the next morning, the kids were already holding the coupons I’d left for them. They were so excited! Each child chattered about which coupon they would use first. They thanked me over and over again. No one even noticed the chocolate! To this day, the kids look forward to this little tradition more than just about anything else on Valentine’s Day.
And today, I’d like to share a copy of our coupons with you! You are free to print these for use in your own home. Just click the photo to reach a PDF you can download and print.
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Valentine’s Day Foods
We have celebrated Valentines Day in many ways over the years. Heart shaped foods are a favorite, and don’t take a lot of effort.
- You can spoon pancakes into a heart shape (or just cut them with heart shaped cookie cutters after they have baked).
- Sandwiches could also be cut with Valentine’s Day themed cookie cutters.
- Cakes can be decorated with hearts or red and pink sprinkles.
- For a healthier option, you can arrange fruits or veggies in fun shapes on a plate.
Play the I Love You, because… Game
One year I gave each family member a stack of post it notes and asked them to write one reason that they loved each family member on each post it. Then we all hid our notes throughout the house for each other to find.
Seeing everyone really get into the spirit of the game was awesome! They learned to appreciate one another. And reading all of the notes made them feel special and loved.
Those are some of the ways I make sure my family feels loved on Valentine’s Day!
Be sure to visit me on Pinterest where I pin all sorts of ways to enjoy family time.
How does your family celebrate Valentine’s Day together?