How to Celebrate Valentine’s Day As A Family On A Budget

Are you on a tight budget this Valentine’s Day? You can celebrate Valentine’s Day as a family on a budget, you just might have to get a bit creative. Here are 5 clever and frugal ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your family.

Valentine’s Day.

You can argue that it is a Hallmark holiday, a made up holiday, a day for suckers, etc.

Let’s be honest though, who doesn’t (even secretly) enjoy a being a bit more loved on from time to time?

If you have young children, chances are likely that you won’t be heading out to a fancy dinner with your significant other. Even if you could find a babysitter, the wait times at most restaurants are AWFUL on Valentine’s Day (hence my friend Katie making this tasty dish for her family a few years ago!).

We actually celebrate Valentine’s Day as a family by choice!

In addition, at least in our case, our anniversary is just 3 weeks after Valentine’s Day which makes us hesitant to go “big” on a holiday that is of national importance compared to our anniversary which is of our own personal importance.

Therefore, we celebrate Valentine’s Day as a family! I have referred to our Valentine’s Day celebrations as a family before here on Family Friendly Frugality, but I thought it would be worth it to share some more general ideas so that you can see how you might fit celebrating Valentine’s Day as a family into your Valentine’s Day celebrations (and budget!).

Make a Fancy Dinner (or Breakfast…or BOTH) at Home

This one is a given! One of the best ways to show love is to cook for someone! Cook something out of the ordinary. Go grab those steaks that you usually wouldn’t spend so much money on (it’s still cheaper than eating out!). Or, you could just make an ordinary dish, EXTRAordinary by making it heart shaped (think about it! Heart shaped Fathead Pizza! Or Celebration Pancakes!)!

Here are some ideas I have here on FFF that you might consider cooking for celebrating Valentine’s Day as a family:

Homemade Gifts

Encourage everyone in your family to make homemade gifts for each other. This can be as simple as drawing something for each other to as complex as going to your local craft store and picking out some pottery/wooden crafts to paint.

Pinterest has a wealth of ideas for homemade crafts.

Or you could make it a no spend challenge!

One year for Christmas, my daughter had placed so many handmade crafts under the tree, at least half of the presents everyone received that year were from her! She did not spend any money, she just went around the house and used items we already had, drew pictures, created coupon books, etc. Her creativity was so special and everyone was so touched by the sweetness and thoughtfulness that went into each and every gift.

Write Love Notes to Each Other!

Challenge your whole family to write letters to each other. Okay, you might not want to call them love notes if you have children over the age of 8. It’s unlikely my 9 and 11 year old would set pen to paper if I gave them the task of writing love notes to each other.

So maybe, call them notes of encouragement and thankfulness. Whatever you have to say to get your brood on board ;).

This has the added bonus of forcing, I mean encouraging, time spent in reflection over our relationships. Who knows, this small act of kindness between family members could mend fences and create a more harmonious household! (well, we can dream, right?!)

Help Your Kids Show Love To Others

This can be as simple as helping your children fill out Valentine’s Day cards for their class (did you know I have free printable Valentine’s Day cards available?).

Or, take this a step further and go volunteer together.

Find a shelter that needs help. Go through your house finding items to donate to someone in need. Go visit a nursing home with your children.

Do something that shows loves for others, but do it as a family. Model what love for others looks like outside the walls of your home. This can be a life changing opportunity for your children!

I always love when I hear the stories about the teen that buys “candy grams” or “carnations” for all of the girls/boys in the school. Valentine’s Day can be a very very lonely time for some people. Maybe your family can change that for somebody!

Take a Walk Down Memory Lane

This is my favorite! Do you upload your pictures for the year to Amazon Photo? (this is FREE if you have Amazon Prime) Maybe you back them up via Dropbox, Photobucket, Flickr, etc.

Either way, set that account to slideshow mode and sit with your family and reminisce!

Maybe print pictures out ahead of time and sit down with your family to scrapbook. Maybe watch old videos.

Spend sometime looking back on your journey so far as a family. Sometimes nostalgia is just what we need to really feel the love.

Regardless of how you plan to spend Valentine’s Day, I hope you will consider at least a few of these ideas to make Valentine’s Day special for your family this year regardless of how big or small your budget might be!

Comment below if you have any fun traditions you use to celebrate Valentine’s Day as a family! 

Free Printable Valentine’s Day Cards – 8 Fun Designs

In search of Free Printable Valentine’s Day Cards? You have come to the right place! These sweet free printable Valetine’s Day Cards are perfect for sending to school with your kids, or even handing out around the office.

With Valentine’s Day coming up in just a few weeks, you might be ready to run out and buy a pack of Valentine’s Day cards for your kiddos.

At my children’s school, they have to fill out a Valentine’s Day card for every child in their class.

A friend of mine (Laura from Pixel Me Designs) created these free printable Valentine’s Day cards for FFF readers who want to print their Valentine’s Day cards at home!

All these cards will cost you are some ink and paper.

I personally recommend using a thicker cardstock to print these free printable Valentine’s Day cards, but if you want to get super creative, you could also have your child cut out construction paper hearts and paste each card in the middle!

Each sheet will have 8 adorable Valentine’s Day cards on them, so for most kids printing out 3 or 4 sheets will be plenty!

Here’s how to score your free printable Valentine’s Day cards: 

  1. Click here to open up the PDF
  2. Right click and click “Print”
  3. Be sure to print in color!


Please share these free Valentine’s Day printable cards with your friends and family!



Valentine’s Day Robot Candy Craft

I was perusing Pinterest one day and I saw the cutest little Valentine’s Day Robot!

I pinned it and abruptly forgot about it until one day when I was in the Dollar Tree.

I was in the Valentine’s Day candy aisle and all of the “ingredients” for this craft were right next to each other!

This is actually super simple and somewhat self explanatory by looking at the picture.

You just need a box of Sweethearts, Smarties, Starburst, a hot glue gun and some googly eyes!

First off, go ahead and fill out the “To” and “From” on the back of the box.

Step 1: Glue 6 Starbursts together in sets of 2

Step 2: Glue Googly Eyes on the front of 1 set of the glued together Starburst

Step 3: Glue that set of Starburst on to the top of the Sweethearts box

Step 4: Glue the other 2 sets of Starbursts on the bottom of the box as feet.

Step 5: Glue the Smarties as “arms” on either side of the box.

Pass out to your friends! So super cute!

*TIP* When you glue the Starburst, turn the square so that you are putting the glue on the side without the fold. Mainly so you don’t have to worry about the glue seeping into the cracks and getting on the candy.

This would be a fun classroom project with liquid glue, but you would need to allow time for the glue to dry. This would NOT be a good glue stick project though.

Valentine’s Day Books for Kids $5 and Under

Here are 20+ Valentine’s Day books for kids! Some of your favorite characters have adorable Valentine’s Day books you might want to check out. The best part about this list is that all of these Valentine’s Day books for kids are under $5!

Check them out today (pricing is accurate at time of posting, prices can change at any time):

My Fuzzy Valentine (Sesame Street)
only $4.99

Elmo’s Valentine (Sesame Street) (A Chunky Book(R))
only $3.99

Fancy Nancy: Heart to Heart
only $4.99

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Minnie’s Valentine
only $4.99

The Night Before Valentine’s Day
only $3.99

The Berenstain Bears’ Funny Valentine
only $4.99

Valentines Are For Saying I Love You (Reading Railroad)
only $4.99

Valentine’s Day Fun! (Max and Ruby)
only $4.99

Valentine’s Day Secret (Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew #12)
only $4.99


Dear Valentine Letters Mad Libs
only $4.99

Scooby-Doo Reader #29: A Very Scary Valentine’s Day (Level 2)
only $3.99

My Little Pony: Valentine’s Day, Up…Up…and Away! (My Little Pony (Harper Paperback))
only $4.99

Nate the Great and the Mushy Valentine
only $4.99

Maisy’s Valentine Sticker Book
only $4.99

Peanuts: Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown
only $4.95

Mia: The Sweetest Valentine
only $4.99

Thomas’ Valentine Party (Thomas & Friends) (Full-Color Activity Book with Stickers)
only $3.99

The World’s Greatest Valentine (Spongebob Squarepants Chapter Books)
only $3.99

Junie B. Jones and the Mushy Gushy Valentime (Junie B. Jones #14)
only $4.99

Valentine’s Day Mix-Up (Strawberry Shortcake)
only $4.99

Clifford’s Valentines (Scholastic Reader, Level 1)
only $3.99

Alvin and the Chipmunks: A Chipmunk Valentine
only $3.99

My Valentine for Jesus
only $4.99

Cam Jansen: Cam Jansen and the Valentine Baby Mystery #25
only $3.99

Be sure to grab a few of these Valentine’s Day books for kids! Your kids will love them!


Thanks The Frugal Free Gal!


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