I know I'm supposed to be posting a food tip or recipe for Foodie Tuesday (I might still get to that today) but today is a bit unique.
NOTE: For all the DIY tutorials for the cute stuff I had displayed on the table, check back on Savvy Saturday for step-by-step instructions for all of it. Trust me, it's all easy 🙂
- Use daily deal sites (like Groupon) to find deals on anything from flowers, to spa treatments, getaways, dinner certificates, pedicures, jewelry, and more. See my big list of daily deal sites HERE.
- Buy discounted restaurant gift cards. Use sites like restaurant.com and plasticjungle.com to get perfectly good restuarant gift cards…at a discount! No brainer? Um, yup.
- Note: Just be sure to read the fine print (especially for restaurant.com) to make sure you can use them on the weekends and to see if you have to spend a certain amount in order to use them.
- Take advantage of holiday clearance. Go after Halloween and get candy that could work for Vday. Go after Christmas and stock up on red ribbon, decor, treats, etc. and use them for Vday. Go after Vday and stock up on stuff for the next year! Holiday clearance is awesome, take advantage of it.
A = Be Assertive
- Shop around for the best deal. Don't settle on the first price that you see. Yes, that's easier, but it's a big no no!
- Ask, ask, ask, ask, ask. I can't stress this enough! Don't see a good deal? Ask. Scary? Sometimes. Feel dumb? Sure. Are you going to die over it? Nope. I promise. The worst they can do is say no! Here are some ideas for asking:
- Ask the specific store or company. (“Do you have any deals on ___”? “What's the best price you can give me on ___?”)
- Ask your social network (post on facebook, “anyone know where I can find a good deal on ___?” or “anyone have any ideas on what I can do for ___”?)
- Ask for a deal. (“If I buy two dozen rather than one, will you give me a better price?”)
- A little work goes a long way. For example, trade babysitting! Vday is on a Tuesday. You take Friday, have a friend take Saturday, and swap babysitting. Sure, you'll have to work a little harder for one night by watching someone else's kids, but guess what? You get an entire night of free babysitting out of it! SO. WORTH. IT.
- Don't kill yourself over it. Don't spend 15 hours trying to save $5, it's probably not worth it. BUT…keep in mind, even saving a little here and a little there goes a long way!
C = Get Creative
- The less you spend = the more thoughtful you're forced to be. It's true! Take some time and try to get creative rather than running to the credit card first thing.
- Make it yourself. Make your own decorations rather than buying them. Make a gift rather than buying one. You don't have to be crafty to do this, I promise! (See a few ideas HERE.) **Reminder, check back on Saturday for tutorials on all the cute props I had on my table during the TV segment!
- Don't go with the norm. Try to avoid flowers, chocolates, and other typical Vday things. They are wonderful, yes, but if you put a little creativity into it, you could come up with such cuter, sweeter, cheaper, and more meaningful ideas, I promise! Don't know what to do? See my next letter…
T = Take Advantage
- Don't reinvent the wheel. There are tons of sites out there (he'em…like funcheaporfree.com, maybe?…) with ideas, tutorials, printables, kits, and everything else you could possibly need for any of the things listed above! Don't feel like you have to start from scratch and do it all on your own.
- Learn to love the web. Sites like Pinterest, this site (funcheaporfree), and other crafting/deal/couponing/idea sites are full of what you need. Sign up for email lists (subscribe to my emails in the box at the right hand side of my site), subscribe to them, check them often and you will have ideas flowing out of your ears.
- Sign up for stuff. Enter giveaways, subscribe to email lists, sign up for daily deal site emails, etc. Yes, you may get a few extra emails than your used to, but it's worth it! Take advantage of resources that are out there, people!