Valentine’s Day for a Broke-Ass Mom

Am I the only Broke-Ass Mom out there who’s a sucker for chocolate, preferably dark, on Valentine’s Day?  Starting about a week ago, all I see is chocolate.  It’s everywhere. I’m seeing chocolate in every shop I walk by, every grocery store display, in the windows at the library, around every corner.  Hell, I’m even starting to see little chocolate hearts in the eyes of the kids at the playground.  Thank god we only have eleven more days until it’s all over.  But until it’s over, I’m going to do everything in my power to think of something else I can get my honey for Valentine’s Day. Surely, we can all use a little creativity to steer us away from the extra pounds chocolate could add to our luscious hips.

One idea for a Valentine’s Day gift that costs you nothing is a coupon book with some romantic items in it.  A few ideas could be: a free foot massage, full body massage, a night out with a babysitter (No, I don’t mean sending your partner out with the babysitter.  You go out with your partner, and the babysitter watches your baby while you’re gone.), cook their favorite meal, for one week have a drink freshly prepared for them as they walk in the door (Old-fashioned, maybe, but I’ll bet they’ll love it!), a get out of jail free card (guilt-free night out with their friends), or how about some good loving where you make all the moves, they just sit back and enjoy. Once you’ve compiled all your coupon ideas, find some pink and red construction paper, write each idea on a different page, and staple it together to make a cute little book.  That way, when your partner wants to cash in, they rip out the coupon and give it to you.

If you do decide to go out to celebrate Valentine’s Day, I’m going to give you an amazing tip: Think President’s Day.  It’s brilliant, really.  No one eats out on President’s Day, it always falls on a day right near Valentine’s Day itself, and what could be more romantic than celebrating our country? (Okay, this last reason needs a little work, but it’s not bad.) Now you realize I’m taking a huge risk by telling you my little secret because if this idea really catches on, we’ll all have to go back to celebrating Valentine’s Day on Valentine’s Day.  No one wants that, least of all me.  So, mum’s the word!

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Jennifer White - Mommy No Bucks

Jennifer has been a bit of a nomad having lived in seven different cities. Her life as a gypsy has settled down for the moment in San Francisco with her husband and two-year old son. Recently, she decided to throw caution to the wind, quit her job as an analyst to be a full-time mom while chasing her dreams (and the Pulitzer Prize). When she's not writing, she's aspiring to be a luddite (although blogging isn't helping), knitting the occasional hat, or running in the park with her son and his secondhand compost truck in tow.

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