Fun Cheap or Free Valentine Ideas

Happy Tuesday!

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.

I was featured on Channel 2 here in Utah today on the noon show. Woo hoo!
(Welcome to all of you who are first-timers to this site via watching me on the show)
There was some breaking news so my segment got cut to just over 1 minute! Yikes! As you can guess, we had to cut out most of what I was going to talk about…
…THUS…I'm going to post the information so you can read it yourself!

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 🙂

**UPDATE: Click HERE for all the tutorials and explanations!
Click HERE to watch the segment (or, the part of the segment we had time to show, anyway!)
How to have a Fun, Cheap, or Free Vday
There are so many tips and ideas out in cyber space, I couldn't possibly consolidate them all into one post. (However, check out my previous mega post HERE for a number of FCF Vday ideas.)
Instead of trying to post every great idea I've ever seen or had, I'm going to “teach you to fish” if you will, by sharing with you how to save money in ANY situation, at ANY stage of life, in ANY economic situation, for ANY holiday – or ANYTHING for that matter – by using the F.A.C.T's of saving (see my detailed explanation of them HERE).
Today's examples will be focused on, of course, good ol' Valentine's Day (Vday)
Can't you feel the love?
 
The F.A.C.T's of saving, applied to Valentine's Day:

F = FIND IT CHEAPER
Don't pay full-price for anything. EVER.
If you are going to spend money on something this Vday, don't pay full-price. JUST DON'T DO IT! There are so many ways to find things for cheaper! Here are some examples:
  • 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.
  • Google it. Don't know how to find a better deal on something? Go to the web! There are more resources out there than you could ever imagine. Still can't think of how to get something cheaper? ASK ME! 20 bucks says I can help 🙂 Email me at funcheaporfree@gmail.com


A = Be Assertive
Be willing to work for a deal.

  • 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
Think outside the box.

  • 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
Utilize existing resources.
  • 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!
So there you have it. Thanks for reading, and have the best Vday ever!
Oh wait…but before you go, here are some quick pics from the day…
Setting up the table
Fun Cheap or Free Valentine Ideas
Fun Cheap or Free Valentine Ideas
Stopping for a quick photo-op
Fun Cheap or Free Valentine Ideas
President of the Jordan Page fan club…my handsome hubby.
The anchors, fussing over my ring-pop boxes
Wrapping up the show.
It was fun. 

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