Valentine&#039;s Day http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/654/all en-US 6 Ways Lust Is Keeping You Poor http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-lust-is-keeping-you-poor <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-ways-lust-is-keeping-you-poor" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-471099734.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="142" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When you hear the word lust, your mind naturally wanders to sexual desire. But lust goes way beyond that. At the heart of lust is an intense longing for something, be it sex, money, power, possessions, knowledge, war, experience, or as the song goes, life. Sometimes that intense longing is a great motivator, and can drive you to do great things. However, it can also be the root of some serious money problems. Here are seven such examples. How many do you recognize?</p> <h2>1. It Drives You to Buy More Than You Need</h2> <p>An insatiable lust to have the latest, greatest gadgets, clothing, shoes, and other possessions, can leave you in serious financial trouble. For some people, it's not enough to have a good phone. It needs to be the newest model, even if that means replacing a model that's barely six months old.</p> <p>Other people get a rush, and a release of endorphins, when buying new products. They feel a sense of great joy, a thrill, when they purchase items like jewelry, watches, cars, and purses. That thrill, much like the pleasure felt when drinking alcohol or smoking a cigarette, can become addictive. You want to replicate it, and have to keep doing so over and over again. TV shows like <em>Hoarding: Buried Alive</em> have featured people that have rooms filled with clothing, shoes, coats, gadgets, and jewelry that have not only never been used&hellip; they were not even taken out of the shopping bags.</p> <h2>2. It Can Lead to Destructive Addictions</h2> <p>At a base level, lust for sex and sexual imagery has become an increasingly dangerous problem in the U.S., and around the world. Easy, instant access to X-rated materials on the Internet has led to thousands of cases of addiction to this highly stimulating resource. And while it is free on some levels, it can become expensive, especially with monthly subscription fees and webcam model charges. What's worse is that this addiction can spill over into other avenues of life. People become so obsessed that they look up materials at work, leading to disciplinary action and job losses. Relationships suffer, and the abuse of alcohol, marijuana, and even food, leads the addict into a spiraling cycle of defeat and depression.</p> <h2>3. It Can Severely Cloud Your Judgment</h2> <p>When engulfed by lust, your brain is not thinking clearly. And again, this is not just about sexual desire. A prime example of this can be found at any auction, when several people want the same item, and a bidding war breaks out. People who are normally of very sound mind, and who set a price they would not go over before the auction, lose their common sense. They want it. They have to have it. They will go over their limit by hundreds, or even thousands of dollars. Some have described the experience as being in a euphoric fog, which clears and makes way for shame and regret once the furor has died down. You may have experienced something like this yourself, especially if you've done a little gambling in Las Vegas. Lust for money, sex, and power can all lead to some very muddy thinking.</p> <h2>4. It Consumes Your Valuable Time</h2> <p>Lust is one of the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/seven-deadly-sins?ref=internal" target="_blank">seven deadly sins</a> that can utterly consume your every waking moment. When you are gripped by lust, nothing else matters. Indeed, the very definition of lust contains words like &quot;uncontrollable desire&quot; and &quot;inordinate cravings,&quot; neither of which can be viewed as positive. People under the spell of lust will find themselves constantly performing actions that keep them highly focused on the object of their intense affections, be it a person, a possession, or a promotion. Nothing else matters. Your life, and your existence, bows down to this one overwhelming drive, and you can find it very easy to block out all other aspects of life. Bills don't get paid. Loved ones go ignored. Your performance at work suffers. Your time is being eaten up by one thing, and that can only lead to a loss&hellip; in more ways than one.</p> <h2>5. It Makes You Do Things That Are Out of Character</h2> <p>Someone obsessed by a deep desire for something will start to make decisions that are surprising, or even shocking to friends and family. You have no doubt witnessed it yourself. Perhaps a good friend became infatuated with someone at work, and started to do things that were way out of character; for instance, spending more money on items and pastimes that they would never have done a few months earlier. This is lust at its darkest and most dangerous. When you really want something; when nothing else matters; when the pursuit and possession of something is your only goal; that's when you can momentarily lose yourself and in the process, lose friends, money, opportunities &mdash; even your job.</p> <h2>6. It Can Literally Destroy Your Life</h2> <p>That may sound dramatic, but it's a sad fact. Every year, thousands of people around the world find their lives in ruins due to the domino effect of lust. For some people, they get embroiled in the highly addictive world of adult websites, forking over monthly fees and exposing their credit cards to some very sketchy businesses. Identity theft is common when the victim is engaging in an activity they would rather not let other people find out about. It can be embarrassing to report, and even harder to pursue a claim. Other people lust after things they just cannot have, and get into debt, gamble, take out payday loans, and find themselves in a world of financial hurt. And then there are those who lose friends and family, which can lead to substance abuse and other forms of hardship. At the end of the day, lust is dangerous because it controls you, way more than any other sin. If you don't spot the warning signs early enough, you could find yourself in serious trouble.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-lust-is-keeping-you-poor">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-42-ways-the-7-deadly-sins-are-keeping-you-poor">Flashback Friday: 42 Ways the 7 Deadly Sins Are Keeping You Poor</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-104-sweet-ways-to-celebrate-valentines-day">Flashback Friday: 104 Sweet Ways to Celebrate Valentine&#039;s Day</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-much-should-you-actually-be-spending-on-a-date">How Much Should You Actually Be Spending on a Date?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-seven-deadly-sins-of-consumerism-and-the-frugal-redemption">The seven deadly sins of consumerism (and the frugal redemption).</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-relationship-mistakes-everyone-makes">8 Relationship Mistakes Everyone Makes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Lifestyle Shopping Dating keeping you poor love lust relationships seven deadly sins sins Valentine's Day Tue, 14 Feb 2017 10:01:04 +0000 Paul Michael 1889314 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Ways to Make Money on Valentine's Day http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-make-money-on-valentines-day <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-ways-to-make-money-on-valentines-day" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_heart_eyes_499059352.jpg" alt="Woman finding ways to make money on Valentine&#039;s Day" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found articles on ways to make money on Valentine&rsquo;s Day, bad cleaning habits to avoid, and retirement planning for every age.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.thepennyhoarder.com/how-to-make-money-on-valentines-day/">Love Don&rsquo;t Come Easy, But Cash Can: 10 Ways to Make Bank on Valentine&rsquo;s Day</a> &mdash; If you're comfortable in the kitchen, offer your services to lovebirds who want to splurge on a romantic dinner at home. [The Penny Hoarder]</p> <p><a href="https://blog.allstate.com/7-cleaning-bad-habits/">Are You Guilty of These 7 Cleaning Bad Habits?</a> &mdash; Avoid using too much water when you clean wood floors. Excess water can soak into the scratches or gauges in your floor and damage the wood. [The Allstate Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://www.enwealthen.com/successful-retirement-planning-for-every-age/">Successful Retirement Planning For Every Age</a> &mdash; The steps you take for a secure retirement will differ depending on how old you are. [Enwealthen]</p> <p><a href="http://www.financegirl.co.uk/tips-to-make-moving-house-less-stressful/">Tips to Make Moving House Less Stressful</a> &mdash; Pack immediate essentials in as few boxes or suitcases as you can, and take them to the new house first. You don't need to spend hours hunting down chargers, keys, and toiletries just to get comfortable. [Finance Girl]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/The-Bite/2017/0207/How-mobile-technologies-are-helping-small-rural-farmers-grow-their-businesses">How mobile technologies are helping small, rural farmers grow their businesses</a> &mdash; Innovative agriculture apps are helping smallholder farmers address a variety of challenges, from production to financial services. [The Monitor]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Homemade-Garbage-Disposal-Refreshers-27889472">Clean Up Sink Smells With DIY Garbage Disposal Refreshers</a> &mdash; These DIY garbage disposal refreshers only require a few household basics that you probably already have. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.adventuresinfrugalland.com/7-ways-stick-grocery-budget/">7 Ways to Stick to Your Grocery Budget</a> &mdash; Keep a price book and record store prices for your household staples. This way, you'll know when a sale is a good price or whether you can find a better price at a different store. [Adventures in Frugal Land]</p> <p><a href="https://christianpf.com/legitimate-home-based-business-ideas-opportunities/">31 Legitimate &amp; Profitable Home Based Business Ideas (for 2017)</a> &mdash; These home-based businesses will allow you to earn some extra cash doing things you enjoy. [SeedTime]</p> <p><a href="http://moneypantry.com/aaa-benefits/">21 Useful AAA Benefits You May Not Know About (Towing &amp; Roadside Assistance Aren&rsquo;t Alone!)</a> &mdash; AAA offers a number of useful services beyond the basics, including entertainment discounts, global travel assistance, and discounts on prescription drugs [Money Pantry]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/how-to-squeeze-in-a-nap-when-youre-busy-and-exhausted">How to Squeeze in a Nap When You're Busy and Exhausted</a> &mdash; You don't need to be in bed to nap. Find a comfy piece of furniture and have at it! [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-make-money-on-valentines-day">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-ways-to-make-money-from-valentines-day">13 Ways to Make Money From Valentine&#039;s Day</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-cash-back-credit-cards">The Best Cash Back Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-9-secrets-of-highly-successful-craigslist-sellers">The 9 Secrets of Highly Successful Craigslist Sellers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-businesses-your-tween-can-start">13 Businesses Your Tween Can Start</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-6-instragrammers-are-getting-rich-by-traveling-the-world">These 6 Instragrammers Are Getting Rich by Traveling the World</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income best money tips Valentine's Day Wed, 08 Feb 2017 10:30:31 +0000 Amy Lu 1888421 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Sweet Valentine's Day Gifts to Give to Your Truest Love — You! http://www.wisebread.com/9-sweet-valentines-day-gifts-to-give-to-your-truest-love-you <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-sweet-valentines-day-gifts-to-give-to-your-truest-love-you" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_pink_balloon_539016316.jpg" alt="Woman giving herself sweet V-Day gifts" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The stereotypical Valentine's Day gifts of roses and chocolates are nice, but have you considered giving <em>yourself</em> a gift? Before you dismiss that notion as being selfish, consider the airplane analogy. When the flight attendant gives his or her talk about oxygen masks, what are you supposed to do? That's right, put on your own &mdash; because you can't help others until you help yourself first. Giving yourself a little Valentine's Day self-care gift may help to alleviate stress, and possibly, protect you from sickness.</p> <p>That doesn't mean you need to go on a shopping spree, though. Here are nine self-care tips and treats to help you fight stress, find health, and be your own best Valentine's Day date ever.</p> <h2>1. Make a Spa-Quality Scrub</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/6UpdsuGEGfE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>After joining the coconut oil craze, a lot of us now have big tubs of it. That's a lot of coconut oil, so let's put it to good use with a DIY <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UpdsuGEGfE" target="_blank">Coconut-Oil Sugar Scrub</a>. It's so easy! And yes, I've tried it, and I really like how it exfoliates and makes my face feel smooth. It's nice on your feet, too.</p> <h2>2. Eat Well</h2> <p>Surf N' Turf is traditional for Valentine's Day, but instead, why not consider a month of clean eating? After the holidays and the Super Bowl, I find myself craving healthy foods. Simply Google &quot;month of clean eating&quot; and you'll find several choices for menus and recipes. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-great-clean-eating-slow-cooker-recipes?ref=seealso" target="_blank">8 Great Clean Eating Slow Cooker Recipes</a>)</p> <h2>3. Take a Class</h2> <p>For around $60, my local college is offering community classes. I can choose from classes such as Beginning Guitar, Conversational Spanish, Qigong, or Hula Hoop Fitness, just to name a few. My husband has enjoyed Sushi Making and Surfing. Check out classes at your local community college, community center, or even free classes online in order to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-fun-hobbies-you-can-take-up-for-free?ref=internal" target="_blank">learn something new</a> and expand your mind.</p> <h2>4. Get a Massage</h2> <p>Man, do I love a massage. But I love them even more where I can get a full hour for just $50. Do you have a massage school in your area? Students need to rack up hours to become licensed, so it can be a bargain. See if you have one in your area.</p> <h2>5. Embrace Your Inner Child</h2> <p>What sorts of things did you love doing as a kid? Did you love to color? You're in luck, because adult coloring books are so in right now. One of my friends has taken up painting again. Take some time to think about what you enjoyed, and take it up again for some relaxing fun.</p> <h2>6. Volunteer</h2> <p>Wait, isn't volunteering about helping <em>others</em>? Yes, but according to Harvard Medical School, &quot;volunteering helps people who donate their time <a href="http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/volunteering-may-be-good-for-body-and-mind-201306266428" target="_blank">feel more socially connected</a>, thus warding off loneliness and depression.&quot; Plus, you could also make some new friends in the process. Find a group where you feel you could contribute by using <a href="http://www.volunteermatch.org/" target="_blank">VolunteerMatch.org</a>, which matches interests with needs.</p> <h2>7. Learn Meditation</h2> <p>Do you have a stressful job? High blood pressure? Maybe you just need to slow life down a little. Meditation, according to WebMD, can &quot;not only <a href="http://www.webmd.com/balance/features/meditation-heals-body-and-mind#1" target="_blank">lower blood pressure</a>, but can also amp up your immune system, while improving your ability to concentrate.&quot; I took the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/oprah-deepaks-21-day-meditation/id903893632?mt=8" target="_blank">Oprah &amp; Deepak's 21-Day Meditation Experience</a> and loved it.</p> <h2>8. Give Yourself a DIY Pedi</h2> <p>A salon pedicure can run you $40 and up. Save your money and give yourself one at home for almost nothing. You don't need a lot of fancy equipment, either. Just <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-hacks-for-the-perfect-at-home-mani-pedi" target="_blank">some nail care steps at the start</a>, a steady hand, a favorite color polish.</p> <h2>9. Take a Nap</h2> <p>A quick nap can help you to feel more alert, refreshed, and recharged. As a cube-dweller, I'd never try to take one at work, but I often grab one when I get home, or on the weekends. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-surprising-benefits-of-naps-including-the-best-time-to-take-them?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Surprising Benefits of Naps and the Best Time to Take Them</a>)</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-sweet-valentines-day-gifts-to-give-to-your-truest-love-you">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-better-ways-to-celebrate-v-day-this-year">5 Better Ways to Celebrate Valentine&#039;s Day This Year</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-30-brilliant-ways-to-survive-black-friday-madness">Flashback Friday: 30 Brilliant Ways to Survive Black Friday Madness</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-84-frugal-ways-to-eliminate-stress">Flashback Friday: 84 Frugal Ways to Eliminate Stress</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-160-gift-ideas-for-everyone-you-know">Flashback Friday: 160 Gift Ideas for Everyone You Know</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-85-best-ways-to-save-on-halloween-this-year">Flashback Friday: 85 Best Ways to Save on Halloween This Year</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping frugal living Health Holidays self-care self-love shopping Valentine's Day valentine's day gifts Mon, 06 Feb 2017 10:00:09 +0000 Marla Walters 1886389 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Better Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day This Year http://www.wisebread.com/5-better-ways-to-celebrate-v-day-this-year <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-better-ways-to-celebrate-v-day-this-year" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-175380921.jpg" alt="Woman finding better ways to celebrate Valentine&#039;s Day this year" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's almost Valentine's Day, which means love is in the air and over 180 million cards will be exchanged. According to Statistic Brain, <a href="http://www.statisticbrain.com/valentines-day-statistics/">over $13 billion will be spent</a> to celebrate the holiday. That's a lot of moola for gifts that are usually pretty generic.</p> <p>What if you moved beyond the common Valentine's Day gifts, not only to save money, but to boost your relationship? Try these creative ideas instead.</p> <h2>1. Instead of Flowers, Plant an Herb Garden</h2> <p>Flowers are a nice gesture any other time of the year. On Valentine's Day, they are overpriced and scream, &quot;forced gift.&quot; Instead, why not give a potted plant, such as an herb garden or succulent. You can even plant several succulents in a heart-shaped box. Succulents are so easy that even people without green thumbs can succeed at keeping them alive.</p> <p>Another idea is gifting exotic flower seeds or heirloom rose buds. This is a gift more appropriate for avid gardeners, and for lasting relationships.</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/affordable-flowers-for-valentines-day-or-any-day?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Affordable Flowers for Valentine's Day (or Any Day)</a></p> <h2>2. Instead of Going Out to Eat, Hire a Private Chef</h2> <p>Dining out on Valentine's Day is nothing short of a nightmare. Everywhere is packed and many nicer restaurants will have a <em>prix fixe</em> menu for the day that is costlier than their daily menu. Skip the annoyance of having to spend your special day with the rest of town, and hire a private chef.</p> <p>A private chef might sound too glamorous, but it is possible to find an affordable one that will deliver a delicious dinner and keep the kitchen clean. If the price is still too high, consider inviting a few other couples over to split the bill.</p> <p>If a private chef is still out of the question, either dine in or choose to eat out on an another night. It's hard to share sweet moments together in a crowded and bustling restaurant.</p> <h2>3. Instead of a Bottle of Wine, Go Wine Tasting</h2> <p>Coupon sites like Groupon and LivingSocial almost always have discounted wine tasting tours. Let that be your romantic gesture rather than a bottle of wine. For some, it's hard to get excited about a bottle of wine as a gift. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-get-the-best-deals-on-groupon?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Ways to Get the Best Deals on Groupon</a>)</p> <h2>4. Instead of a Card, Write a Letter</h2> <p>Valentine's Day cards offer that second of &quot;aww&quot; or even a funny laugh, but for how much they cost, they aren't a good value. A better value would be to express your love in a letter. You don't need fancy paper, nice penmanship, perfect grammar and spelling, or even to make it a poem. If you are truly an anti-writer, make your valentine a top 10 list of things you love about your true love.</p> <p>Sometimes we deeply appreciate and love a person, and while we know that to be true, our busy lives keep us from expressing it. If you were to die today, what words would you want to leave your loved one to remember you by? If you have any children or other close relatives, why not write them a note, too? I don't have many handwritten notes from my mother, but I do have one special one written in a Valentine's Day card. It's a true treasure now that she's gone.</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-valentines-day-gifts-for-10-or-less?ref=seealso" target="_blank">20 Valentine's Day Gifts for $10 or Less </a></p> <h2>5. Instead of Lingerie, Help Them Pursue Their Passions</h2> <p>Valentine's Day is all about passion, but you can show your loved one you truly care about them by gifting them something that aligns with their passions or dreams. When my husband and I were dating, he often said that one day he would like to build a computer. That year, I didn't have a lot of money, and online writing was still a new thing. However, I was able to earn a $100 gift card to TigerDirect through writing articles. This simple gift ended up motivating him to build one computer, then later he built more computers, and now he has a successful career in the field.</p> <p>The point is to focus on someone's passion and give them something that says, &quot;I believe in your passion and know you can succeed.&quot; Here are some ideas:</p> <ul> <li>Set up a small painting corner in the house for that person who never can find time to get creative.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Purchase guitar lessons for the partner who wants to be more musical.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Send a loved one to a writing conference they have always dreamed about attending.</li> </ul> <p>Valentine's Day is a beautiful day to celebrate the ones you love, but do so in a meaningful way that comes from the heart. If you are on a budget, you can still do romantic or grand gestures without spending alot, or anything. All it takes is a little creativity and thought.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-eneriz">Ashley Eneriz</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-better-ways-to-celebrate-v-day-this-year">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-sweet-valentines-day-gifts-to-give-to-your-truest-love-you">9 Sweet Valentine&#039;s Day Gifts to Give to Your Truest Love — You!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-160-gift-ideas-for-everyone-you-know">Flashback Friday: 160 Gift Ideas for Everyone You Know</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-things-to-buy-in-february">The Best and Worst Things to Buy in February</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-deep-conditioners">The 5 Best Deep Conditioners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-callus-removers">The 5 Best Callus Removers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping cupid gift ideas happy valentine's day romance shopping Valentine's Day valentine's day gifts Fri, 03 Feb 2017 11:00:12 +0000 Ashley Eneriz 1883803 at http://www.wisebread.com Flashback Friday: 104 Sweet Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-104-sweet-ways-to-celebrate-valentines-day <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/flashback-friday-104-sweet-ways-to-celebrate-valentines-day" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_in_love_000074614141.jpg" alt="Couple finding sweet ways to celebrate Valentine&#039;s Day" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Valentine's Day is all about the love, but it's also about the money. And we tend to spend a whole lot of it just to show our significant others how much they mean to us. As nice as it is to give &mdash; or to receive &mdash; a shiny new toy, or a bundle of chocolates, it's simply not necessary to expressing your love for your favorite person. You <em>can</em> celebrate Valentine's Day with your partner without breaking the bank.</p> <p>Here are 104 sweet (and frugal) ways to celebrate Valentine's Day this year.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/couple-valentines-day-breakfast-Dollarphotoclub_73459350_0.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-ways-to-spend-less-money-on-valentines-day">14 Ways to Spend Less Money on Valentine's Day</a> &mdash; Show your Valentine how much you adore them without emptying your wallet. These low-cost and super romantic Valentine's Day date ideas will have your sweetie swooning.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-ways-to-make-money-from-valentines-day">13 Ways to Make Money From Valentine's Day</a> &mdash; Who knew you could actually turn a profit on one of the most expensive holidays of the year? Turn on your entrepreneurial side and cash in on Valentine's Day this year.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-mostly-frugal-valentine-s-day-recipes">14 (Mostly) Frugal Valentine&rsquo;s Day Recipes</a> &mdash; Skip the crowds and pricey Prix Fixe menus and make a romantic meal at home. These yummy Valentine's Day recipes will meet your budget <em>and</em> satisfy your tastebuds.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/chocolate-covered-strawberries-Dollarphotoclub_60362926.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-delicious-homemade-treats-your-valentine-will-love">15 Delicious Homemade Treats Your Valentine Will Love</a> &mdash; Would anyone turn down chocolate covered strawberries? What about red velvet cookie pops? Here are a bunch of delectable DIY sweet treats that can't miss.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-valentines-day-gifts-for-10-or-less">20 Valentine's Day Gifts for $10 or Less</a> &mdash; All you need is a crisp $10 bill to get something special for your special someone. It doesn't get any easier or more budget-friendly than that, folks.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/couple_love_romance_000022750225.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/celebrate-love-not-money-with-these-recycled-valentines-day-gifts">Celebrate Love, Not Money, With These Recycled Valentine's Day Gifts</a> &mdash; You know what they say, &quot;One man's trash is another man's extremely thoughtful, gently used Valentine's Day gift.&quot; Wait, that's not right. But whatever! These thrifted gifts are sure to woo your one and only.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/affordable-flowers-for-valentines-day-or-any-day">Affordable Flowers for Valentine's Day (or Any Day)</a> &mdash; Roses are red. Violets are blue. Don't buy roses on Valentine's Day when these other gorgeous flowers will do!</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-valentine-s-day-desserts-that-hit-the-sweet-spot">14 Valentine&rsquo;s Day Desserts That Hit the (Sweet) Spot</a> &mdash; True story: the way to anyone's heart is through their stomach. And whipping up any of these rich and delish Valentine's Day desserts will make you the best Valentine ever.</p> <p><em>How are you celebrating Valentine's Day this year? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-104-sweet-ways-to-celebrate-valentines-day">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-122-scrumptious-super-bowl-party-snack-ideas">Flashback Friday: 122 Scrumptious Super Bowl Party Snack Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-119-amazing-meals-you-can-make-from-a-can">Flashback Friday: 119 Amazing Meals You Can Make From a Can</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-41-coffee-hacks-that-will-instantly-improve-your-morning">Flashback Friday: 41 Coffee Hacks That Will Instantly Improve Your Morning</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-107-best-breakfast-hacks-to-start-your-day-off-right">Flashback Friday: The 107 Best Breakfast Hacks to Start Your Day Off Right</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-106-delicious-lunches-that-will-make-you-excited-to-brown-bag-it">Flashback Friday: 106 Delicious Lunches That Will Make You Excited to Brown-Bag It</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Food and Drink Dating fbf flashback friday Food frugal foods love Valentine Valentine's Day Fri, 12 Feb 2016 11:00:10 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 1655103 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 Fun Facts About Valentine's Day Spending http://www.wisebread.com/12-fun-facts-about-valentines-day-spending <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-fun-facts-about-valentines-day-spending" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000022938501_Large.jpg" alt="what did this couple spend on valentine&#039;s day?" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Valentine's Day. A day for lovers and hopeless romantics everywhere. But what about the costs of being a big sweetheart? What are we, as a nation, spending to let our significant other know just how much we care about them? Some very revealing data from a <a href="https://nrf.com/sites/default/files/NRF%20Valentine%27s%20Day%202015.pdf">2015 National Retail Federation study</a> lifts the lid on our spending habits on Valentine's Day. Here are 12 fun facts about the where our money goes on the day of love.</p> <h2>1. Americans Will Spend Over $19 Billion on Valentine's Day</h2> <p>You read that correctly; <em>$19 billion</em>. Last year, the spend was $18.9 billion, and that is only going to increase, especially as the economy continues to improve. Does that mean we're all a bunch of big romantics in this country, or are we just suckers for gift-giving holidays? After all, no one <em>needs</em> a special day to treat the love of their life to roses, chocolates, or a candlelit dinner for two. Perhaps it's a mix of peer pressure and not wanting to be &quot;that guy,&quot; aka the guy who didn't buy gifts on the big day.</p> <h2>2. Men Spend Twice as Much as Women</h2> <p>All is not equal between the sexes on Valentine's Day. On average, men spent $190.53 on the day of romance last year, as opposed to the $96.58 spent by women. Why? Especially these days, with women wanting equality in the workplace, and equal treatment in all aspects of life.</p> <p>A quick poll of my friends and family was quite revealing. It seems as though men believe they are supposed to spend more than women; that this is a time to treat their significant other. Something else that came up was that gifts for women cost more than those for men, and also, women seem to care about the holiday more than men, and therefore, it makes sense to spend more. What do you think?</p> <h2>3. More Than Half of Valentine's Day Gifts are Candy</h2> <p>As a country, we certainly do have an affinity for sweets. Over the last decade, around half of all Americans surveyed said they were going to buy candy as a gift for their significant other. In 2015, that number was 53.2%. Coming in second, at 37.8%, was flowers, followed by jewelry and greeting cards. Remember, if you're a frugal shopper, all that candy will be 50%&ndash;75% off the day after Valentine's Day. So, if you want to treat him or her to candies, perhaps do it over the course of a few days. It prolongs the holiday, and you can save money at the same time. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/celebrate-love-not-money-with-these-recycled-valentines-day-gifts?ref=seealso">Celebrate Love, Not Money, With These Recycled Valentine's Day Gifts</a>)</p> <h2>4. Nine Out of 10 People Will Treat Their Significant Other</h2> <p>It appears as though we're a nation of sweethearts. Apparently, 91% of us will do something for our partner this year, with the average spend being almost $90. The other 10% consist of people who either don't believe in the holiday, will forget it, or have already agreed on doing nothing with their partner. The stats don't take into account people who don't have a significant other, or those who plan to be someone's secret admirer.</p> <h2>5. Adults Ages 25&ndash;34 Spend the Most Money</h2> <p>Hold onto your wallets. Last year's data reveals that people between the ages of 25&ndash;34 will spend an average of $213.04 on Valentine's Day! That's a huge sum of money. Coming in second, and well below that number, are 35&ndash;44-year-olds, who will shell out an average of $176.21. Surprisingly, third place falls to the 18&ndash;24-year-olds, spending an average of $168.95. It looks like the older generations may be saving their money for something else.</p> <h2>6. Discount Stores Play a Big Role in Valentine's Day</h2> <p>It looks like we're not just a bunch of romantics, but we also love a good bargain, too. Second only to department stores &mdash; making up 36.5% of last year's most visited locations &mdash; discount stores were the place to shop for gifts. And 35.2% of us went to these kinds of stores to shop for Valentine's Day gifts last year. So who cares if it's a bargain, as long as it's a gift that comes from the heart?</p> <h2>7. The Nation Will Spend Over $1.5 Billion on Cards</h2> <p>Yes, cards. This one is a head-scratcher. As <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/news/jim-gaffigan-can-we-get-rid-of-valentines-day/">Jim Gaffigan once said</a> about Valentine's Day cards, &quot;I guess that's something I'd say &mdash; I'll just add my name here. See what that other person wrote about how I feel about you?&quot;</p> <p>With greeting cards coming in between $4&ndash;$6 each, it seems like an incredible waste of money. If you want your significant other to know how you feel about them, write them a letter. Pop it in an envelope, and seal it with a kiss if you want. Guaranteed, they would rather read something personal on a piece of paper, than a quick &quot;Love you, Babe&quot; under a verse that a professional writer composed.</p> <h2>8. Over 20% of Us Buy Gifts for Our Pets</h2> <p>You don't have to be human to get in on the Valentine's Day action. Last year, 21.2% of people surveyed said they bought gifts for their pets. Thankfully, people used good financial sense here, spending on average only $5.28 on a gift. However, when you do the math, it means the nation will spend over $703 million on Valentine's Day gifts for pets! You have to wonder, with the pets not having a clue what is going on, is that the best use of your hard-earned money?</p> <h2>9. We Spend an Average of $6.30 on Classmates and Teachers</h2> <p>As Valentine's Day approaches again, the parents of younger kids will know all about the tradition of the homemade Valentine's mailbox. It's a shoebox, or other cardboard box, decorated and used to collect the many little gifts and cards given out by all the other kids at school. Although these gifts are often just a lollipop glued to a notecard, they soon add up to a box of sugary treats that will rival a Halloween haul. Teachers are also included in that mix, although usually they get a card, and nothing more.</p> <h2>10. Other Family Members Get Treated, Too</h2> <p>As a Brit, this one floored me when I first got here. Valentine's Day was always about lovers. So imagine my surprise when I saw cards that said, &quot;Happy Valentine's Day, Grandma&quot; and &quot;With Love On Valentine's Day, Son.&quot; Wait, what?! As was explained to me, quite quickly, it's considered a holiday to show your love for other people in the U.S., not just in a romantic way. And with Americans spending an average of $26.26 last year on family members, it's a gesture taken quite seriously.</p> <h2>11. Americans Will Spend Over $2 Billion on Clothing</h2> <p>You have to wonder how much of that $2 billion will be spent on sexy lingerie and skimpy night attire. After all, this is the one time of year guys can look around Victoria's Secret without feeling completely out of place. Whatever kind of clothing you plan to buy for your partner, just remember to keep the receipt, and check on the return policy. You don't want that lovely gesture to become a costly one.</p> <h2>12. Over $3.6 Billion Will Be Spent on Movies and Dining Out</h2> <p>Dinner and a movie may seem as cliché as flowers and chocolates, but that's what we like to do, and we spend billions proving that point. Last year, we spent over $3.6 billion on Valentine's Day trips to the theater and restaurants. Those figures were slightly skewed by the fact that many restaurants have &quot;romantic specials&quot; that cost more than a typical dinner for two. But even taking that into account, one thing is clear &mdash; you better book ahead to avoid disappointment this year.</p> <p><em>How much will you be spending on Valentine's Day? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-fun-facts-about-valentines-day-spending">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-fun-books-that-will-get-your-kids-excited-about-money">10 Fun Books That Will Get Your Kids Excited About Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-ways-being-too-nice-is-hurting-your-wallet">18 Ways Being Too Nice Is Hurting Your Wallet</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-smart-ways-to-save-on-smartphones">5 Smart Ways to Save on Smartphones</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-when-youre-rich-dream-buys-that-arent-that-great">5 &quot;When You&#039;re Rich&quot; Dream Buys That Aren&#039;t That Great</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-5-money-saving-hacks-are-a-huge-waste-of-time">These 5 Money-Saving Hacks Are a Huge Waste of Time</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks Budgeting fun facts money saving money Spending Money Valentine's Day Fri, 12 Feb 2016 10:30:25 +0000 Paul Michael 1655104 at http://www.wisebread.com Celebrate Love, Not Money, With These Recycled Valentine's Day Gifts http://www.wisebread.com/celebrate-love-not-money-with-these-recycled-valentines-day-gifts <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/celebrate-love-not-money-with-these-recycled-valentines-day-gifts" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_love_romance_000022750225.jpg" alt="Couple exchanging recycled Valentine&#039;s Day gifts" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Are you tired of feeling more anxious than excited as each major holiday rolls around? Do you think it's absurd that Valentine's Day merchandise starts hitting the shelves the day after Christmas? Me too. This Valentine's Day, let's stage a coup and not spend a single dime on trinkets and gimmicks and glittery gewgaws. Let's escape the clichés and consumerism and return to true romance with these second-hand Valentine's Day gift ideas.</p> <h2>1. A Book of Classical Poetry</h2> <p>Want to wax romantic but can't find the words? Buy a used book of classical poetry for $1.50 and bookmark your favorite selections with a little paper heart.</p> <h2>2. Vintage Stemware</h2> <p>Pair a bottle of good wine with a set of antique wine glasses and turn a cliché gift into the ultimate romantic gesture. For maximum impact, choose ornate etched or cut stemware pieces (around $1.00 each at most thrift shops). Don't be afraid to mix patterns and don't worry about finding complete sets &mdash; after all, just two glasses will do!</p> <h2>3. Two Identical Books</h2> <p>Isn't the real value of any holiday time spent together? This Valentine's Day, visit your local Goodwill store and pick up two copies of the same book &mdash; one for you and one for your better half. Start your own little romantic reading group for less than $5.00. Read in bed together, discuss the plot twists over breakfast, and start a whole new conversation between the two of you.</p> <h2>4. A Project Piece for Two</h2> <p>Ready to take togetherness to the next level? Browse your local thrift store for a small project you can work on with your loved one. Choose something that presents a fun challenge but won't overwhelm you or your partner (remember, frustration and exhaustion aren't sexy). Restore a weathered birdhouse, beat-up bench, or salvaged mirror. Then, bask in the glow of your combined creative genius. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-amazing-diy-decorating-projects-that-are-easier-than-you-think?ref=seealso">18 Amazing DIY Decorating Projects That Are Easier Than You Think</a>)</p> <h2>5. An Antique Vase</h2> <p>Amp up your flower power and turn a conventional gift into a something entirely unique. Pick up an antique porcelain or stoneware vase for a few bucks and, instead of roses, add a less expensive wildflower bouquet. Can't find a vase that suits you? Try a large vintage canning jar.</p> <h2>6. A Vintage Frame</h2> <p>Buy a vintage picture frame for just a couple of dollars and add a photo from your honeymoon, anniversary, or other special occasion. Are you half of a brand-new couple? Take a series of retro photobooth-style pics (yes, <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pocketbooth-photo-booth-that/id385145330?mt=8">there's an app</a> for that) while holding printed messages like &quot;Be Mine,&quot; &quot;Our First Valentine's Day,&quot; or &quot;Love Me Tender.&quot;</p> <h2>7. An Antique Porcelain Plate</h2> <p>Buy a hand-painted antique plate or small silver-plated tray. Fill with individually-wrapped fine chocolates and add a handmade card. It's the perfect gift and it costs less than $20.00. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-delicious-homemade-treats-your-valentine-will-love?ref=seealso">15 Delicious Homemade Treats Your Valentine Will Love</a>)</p> <h2>8. A Date Night Basket</h2> <p>Thrift stores are filled with baskets; pick up a large one for two or three bucks and fill it with everything you'll need for a stay-at-home date night. Add a favorite DVD, microwave popcorn, pretzels, craft beer, and a homemade &quot;Do Not Disturb&quot; sign for the front door.</p> <p><em>What's your all-time favorite Valentine's Day gift? How do you and your special someone celebrate without all the commercialism?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kentin-waits">Kentin Waits</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/celebrate-love-not-money-with-these-recycled-valentines-day-gifts">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-104-sweet-ways-to-celebrate-valentines-day">Flashback Friday: 104 Sweet Ways to Celebrate Valentine&#039;s Day</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-can-totally-regift-and-7-things-you-shouldnt">10 Things You Can Totally Regift — And 7 Things You Shouldn&#039;t</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-valentines-day-picks-your-pocket">8 Ways Valentine&#039;s Day Picks Your Pocket</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheap-and-romantic-ideas-for-valentines-day-and-any-other-day-of-the-year">Cheap and Romantic Ideas for Valentine&#039;s Day (And Any Other Day of the Year)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flower-power-a-guide-to-frugal-valentines-flowers">Flower Power - A Guide to Frugal Valentine&#039;s Flowers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living gift giving Holidays love romantic Valentine's Day Wed, 10 Feb 2016 16:00:08 +0000 Kentin Waits 1650519 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: How Do You Save Money on Valentine's Day? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-save-money-on-valentines-day <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-save-money-on-valentines-day" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_heart_000043736504.jpg" alt="Couple sharing how they save money on Valentine&#039;s Day" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-save-money-on-valentines-day#comment-788532<br /> ">Mary W</a>, Michael, and Kelli for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>Fancy dinners, lavish gifts, exotic trips &mdash; there are many ways to splurge on Valentine's Day, but frugalites know that you don't have to spend a lot of money to show your love.</p> <p><strong>How do you save money on Valentine's Day?</strong> What &quot;traditional&quot; Valentine's Day gifts &mdash; flowers, chocolate, a nice dinner, etc. &mdash; are worth a splurge for you? What are you plans for Valentine's Day this year?</p> <p>Tell us how you save money on Valentine's Day and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; here's how you can win!</p> <h3>Mandatory Entry:</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below. One commenter will be randomly selected to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</li> </ul> <h3>For Extra Entries:</h3> <ul> <li>You can tweet about our giveaway for an extra entry. Also, our Facebook fans can get an extra entry too! 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Winners will also be contacted via email.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong>&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us how you save money on Valentine&#039;s Day and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-save-money-on-valentines-day">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/spend-less-this-valentines-day-and-win-an-ipod-touch">Spend Less This Valentine’s Day (And Win an iPod Touch!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-share-your-favorite-frugal-holiday-tradition">Ask the Readers: Share Your Favorite Frugal Holiday Tradition</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-is-valentines-day-too-commercial-chance-to-win-20">Ask the Readers: Is Valentine&#039;s Day Too Commercial? (Chance to win $20!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-care-for-your-pet-affordably">Ask the Readers: How Do You Care For Your Pet Affordably?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-about-money-dont-you-know-chance-to-win">Ask the Readers: What About Money DON&#039;T You Know? (Chance to Win!)</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Giveaways Ask the Readers Valentine's Day Tue, 09 Feb 2016 16:00:05 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1651071 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Ways Valentine's Day Picks Your Pocket http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-valentines-day-picks-your-pocket <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-ways-valentines-day-picks-your-pocket" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000018836956_Large.jpg" alt="Ways Valentine&#039;s Day picked this couple&#039;s pockets" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>February 14 is approaching, and you know what that means; panic. People everywhere are trying to figure out the perfect gift, the ideal date, or the romantic verse they will write in a card. A day for couples is nice, but let's be honest&hellip; it's just another way to get us all to spend money. And as someone once told me, you shouldn't need a special day to make the one you love feel special. So, if you've been thinking about giving the day a miss this year, here are eight costly reasons that will tip the scales.</p> <h2>1. Roses Are <em>Way</em> Overpriced</h2> <p>At any other time in the year, a bouquet of a dozen roses will set you back anywhere from $10&ndash;$50, depending on where you buy them. On Valentine's Day, you get &quot;surge pricing.&quot; In other words, because roses are in demand, you have to pay way more for them. As Reuters points out, the wholesale <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-retail-roses-idUSBREA1514620140206">cost of roses peaks dramatically</a> around this holiday, and those increases are passed on to customers.</p> <p>In New York, you can expect to pay between $5&ndash;$8 per rose, and if you're getting them delivered, tack on another $20&ndash;$30 for that. It's not unusual to pay $99 or more for a dozen roses on Valentine's Day. And for what? They'll be dead in a few weeks, if not sooner.</p> <h2>2. Restaurants Take Advantage</h2> <p>Don't be surprised to see the restaurants in your area charging hefty prices for &quot;romantic dinners.&quot; Zagat states that a dinner for two jumps from $70 on a normal day, to over $146 on Valentine's Day. The restaurants know all too well that dinner is usually a big part of your planning, and you'll also have to book weeks in advance if you want any chance of getting a table. Unless, of course, you decide to go to McDonald's or Taco Bell. Plus, expect the service to be slow. The servers are going to be inundated, and the chefs will never get a break. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-of-the-worlds-most-expensive-restaurants">10 of the World's Most Expensive Restaurants</a>)</p> <h2>3. Greeting Card Prices Are Bonkers</h2> <p>Americans buy over 180 million Valentine's Day cards every year. Seriously, who feels the need to buy someone a card for $6&ndash;$7 that contains a cheesy verse? A card that will, in most cases, go in the trash in a week or two. The price of a piece of cardboard is less than a dollar at most craft stores. You can fold that in half, write something that comes from your heart, and glue something fun or sweet on the front. Maybe one of those sweetheart candies?</p> <h2>4. Boxes of Chocolates Are Marked Up</h2> <p>It's the usual combo of flowers and chocolates that most men select as gifts on Valentine's Day. And to mark the occasion, the candy companies make heart-shaped boxes, or big, romantic packages. But it's the same old candies inside them. You're just paying extra for the presentation. By the way, those same chocolates will be <em>at least</em> 50% off the day after Valentine's Day. If you have a cool partner, suggest having Valentine's Day one day later, and you could save a bundle.</p> <h2>5. You Could Set a Costly Expectation</h2> <p>Imagine that you are in a new relationship, and Valentine's Day is just around the corner. You want to impress your potential boyfriend or girlfriend. You may pull out all the stops, with fine wine, a horse-drawn carriage ride, and perhaps a night in an incredible hotel. Just remember, this is a first impression that could set the standards for the whole relationship. A good friend of mine told me one of the biggest mistakes he ever made was creating a lavish Valentine's Day getaway for his third date. She was absolutely blown away, but he spent the next few years trying to live up to that. She always compared everything to that night. Save the grand occasion for an important anniversary, not a date with someone you have yet to really know.</p> <h2>6. Hotel Rooms Are Expensive</h2> <p>If you plan on making a night of it, a romantic package at a hotel seems like a good idea. But, a lot of other people have the same idea, too. Hotels know that Valentine's Day is a big draw, so room rates will <a href="http://www.traveldailynews.com/news/article/64701/venice-hotel-prices-increase-by">increase significantly on that night</a>.&nbsp;The cheapest rooms will go very quickly. That means if you don't book well in advance, you may be left with the King Suite as your only option. And that can be a very costly night out, especially after dinner and a movie.</p> <h2>7. Lingerie Can Be a Pricey Mistake</h2> <p>Let's be honest, men buy lingerie as a gift to themselves. They know their partner will look sexy in it, and that's their treat. But the difference between what looks good, and what feels good and fits well, is huge. I did a quick poll at work asking who had bought lingerie for their wives and girlfriends in the past, on Valentine's Day. And then I asked how many times they saw their partner wearing it. It seems as though men will shell out a lot of money on something that will either get used once, to be polite, or will go straight back to the store the next day. Hopefully, for a full refund, but some stores have strict return policies on intimates.</p> <h2>8. Specific Delivery Dates Cost More</h2> <p>If you're looking for flowers, chocolates, lingerie, pajamas, jewelry, or anything else to be delivered on Valentine's Day, you will pay a hefty surcharge for that privilege. Some stores will tack on $10 or $20 extra to ensure the gift is delivered into the hands of your loved one on that specific day. However, this year you may be out of luck even getting that delivery date. Valentine's Day 2016 falls on a Sunday.</p> <p><em>Now... if you're planning to skip Valentine's Day this year, what's your reason?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-valentines-day-picks-your-pocket">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-dirty-is-your-money-really">Do You Know How Dirty Your Money Is?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-ways-to-make-money-from-valentines-day">13 Ways to Make Money From Valentine&#039;s Day</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-76-new-years-resolutions-thatll-make-2017-your-year">Flashback Friday: 76 New Year&#039;s Resolutions That&#039;ll Make 2017 Your Year</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-fun-facts-about-valentines-day-spending">12 Fun Facts About Valentine&#039;s Day Spending</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/celebrate-love-not-money-with-these-recycled-valentines-day-gifts">Celebrate Love, Not Money, With These Recycled Valentine&#039;s Day Gifts</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Holidays money Spending Money Splurge Valentine's Day Tue, 09 Feb 2016 12:00:04 +0000 Paul Michael 1653232 at http://www.wisebread.com 13 Ways to Make Money From Valentine's Day http://www.wisebread.com/13-ways-to-make-money-from-valentines-day <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/13-ways-to-make-money-from-valentines-day" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/000064829127.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>While Valentine's Day is traditionally for lovers, it's also for savvy entrepreneurs. Instead of emptying your wallet to buy your special someone something special (aka &quot;expensive&quot;), you can actually turn a profit by setting up a side gig. Take advantage of the Hallmark holiday by raking in cold, hard cash with these 13 ways to earn extra money from Valentine's Day.</p> <h2>1. Create Handmade Valentine's Cards</h2> <p>If you're crafty or have decent graphic design skills, create your own line of heartfelt or funny Valentine's greeting cards. They're relatively easy to make &mdash; keeping them clever will probably be the hardest part &mdash; and you can sell them on Etsy, Bonanza, and a host of other sites that <a href="http://moneypantry.com/etsy-alternatives/">cater to handmade items</a>. You'll can find colored envelopes at your local office-supply or craft store, and be sure to account for the cost of materials and shipping when pricing so you can make a decent profit.</p> <h2>2. Deliver Stuff</h2> <p>Not all local companies have the resources to offer delivery services, and that's where you come in. Identify some of the businesses that are particularly relevant around Valentine's Day and contact them to see what their delivery needs are. Places like florists, gift shops, and bakeries may be able to use an extra hand.</p> <p>Bear in mind that this gig will likely be under-the-table because of insurance restrictions, so consider that before deciding if this is right for you. Even better, you may be able to score private gigs from, say, a guy who wants to send his girlfriend flowers last minute so he can save on the high shipping and delivery costs. One man's procrastination is your extra cash.</p> <h2>3. Play Chef for a Couple's Romantic Dinner</h2> <p>Are you a whiz in the kitchen? Offer to cook a multi-course meal for family, friends, co-workers, or even strangers who want to enjoy a relaxing Valentine's Day at home without all the hassle of cooking a romantic dinner. Plan a special menu of the couple's favorite dishes &mdash; complete with candles, ambient lighting, and mood-setting music &mdash; and set your fee to accommodate for the ingredients, travel, and time spent setting up, cooking, and cleaning after the meal.</p> <h2>4. Write Love Letters for Would-Be Casanovas</h2> <p>Most people aren't very slick when it comes to writing poetry or love letters, but if you're a gifted writer who can make people swoon in just a few sentences, putting sweet nothings on paper might be your money maker. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-life-skills-that-are-now-completely-obsolete?ref=seealso">11 Life Skills That Are Now Completely Obsolete</a>)</p> <h2>5. Plan Exciting Date Experiences</h2> <p>Everybody has their strengths, but men aren't always the best at planning special, exciting, or romantic dates. There are some creative dudes out there, for sure, but for the most part, the male of the species needs help in this area. If you happen to excel in this department, put together a few itineraries that are too good to pass up, and then do the due diligence so you can get paid by setting up the date to ensure that it goes off without a hitch.</p> <h2>6. Babysit or Pet Sit</h2> <p>All those parents you know &mdash; both of human and fur babies &mdash; deserve a break, too. And you can cash in big if you have the skills, certifications, and patience to babysit or pet sit while Mom and Dad enjoy a night out on the town.</p> <p>According to UrbanSitter's 2015 Babysitting and Nanny Rates Survey, you're looking at about $15 per hour for one child and upwards of <a href="https://blog.urbansitter.com/2015-babysitting-nanny-rates-survey/">$20 per hour for three children</a>. Add in a 15%-20% tip plus pizza money and you could take home a legit payday, albeit with a few more gray hairs. For pet sitting, you can expect between $10 and $15 per hour, as estimated by Care.com's <a href="http://www.care.com/pet-sitting-rates">pet care rate calculator</a>.</p> <h2>7. Bake Valentine-Themed Goodies</h2> <p>What's Valentine's Day without dessert? That's the best part! Whip up your famous cookies, cakes, and pastries, and shop them around to local eateries (you'll fare better if you establish yourself as a small business with well-packaged goods and a business card; both of which are easy to do), or offer them up to your private network of friends, family, and co-workers.</p> <h2>8. Unload Unwanted Jewelry</h2> <p>If you have a collection of jewelry with which you're willing to part, you may be able to find interested buyers in your area. Instant-list apps like Wallapop, VarageSale, and OfferUp have made it simpler than ever to unload your items by snapping a photo, writing a short description, and naming a price.</p> <h2>9. Promote Your Party-Planning Skills</h2> <p>There may not be a huge market for amateur party planners, but it's worth a shot. If you're known for throwing memorable shindigs, you might be able to drum up some business. Shop the dollar stores for decorations to keep costs down.</p> <h2>10. Busk, or Serenade Couples</h2> <p>Throw a hat or instrument case on the ground in a well-traveled area and belt out love songs all day. If you want to be more proactive about it, take your show on the road and wander up to lovey-dovey couples for a serenading session. That dude would be a dummy if he didn't at least reach in his pocket for a dollar.</p> <h2>11. Photograph Couples' Special Moments</h2> <p>Valentine's Day, with all the sentiment that surrounds it, is prime time for weddings, engagements, and other relationship-specific photo ops. If you're handy with a camera, offer to snap shots of the special moments that the happy couple will cherish forever.</p> <h2>12. Draw or Paint Couples' Portraits</h2> <p>You don't have to be a well-established or recognized artist to sell your work. Some couples may enjoy the prospect of being drawn or painted, not only as a Valentine's Day activity, but also a gift to themselves that they can hang in the home as a reminder of their love.</p> <h2>13. Host a Singles Party for All Your Lonely Friends</h2> <p>Planning on spending Valentine's Day alone? Not anymore. Host a party at home for singles, if you have a large and diverse network of friends. Charge a few bucks admission to cover the cost of food, décor, drinks, and so you can walk away with a reasonable wage.</p> <p><em>Do you have other ways to make extra cash on Valentine's Day? I'd love to hear some of your ideas in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-ways-to-make-money-from-valentines-day">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-must-know-about-money-before-you-take-a-side-job">10 Money Moves You Need to Make Before You Take a Side Job</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-valentines-day-picks-your-pocket">8 Ways Valentine&#039;s Day Picks Your Pocket</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-businesses-your-tween-can-start">13 Businesses Your Tween Can Start</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-side-jobs-for-stay-at-home-moms-and-dads">12 Side Jobs for Stay-at-Home Moms and Dads</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-you-can-earn-18-to-25-an-hour-with-amazon-flex">How You Can Earn $18 to $25 an Hour With Amazon Flex</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income extra money Holidays money part-time job Valentine's Day Mon, 08 Feb 2016 10:00:05 +0000 Mikey Rox 1651572 at http://www.wisebread.com 15 Delicious Homemade Treats Your Valentine Will Love http://www.wisebread.com/15-delicious-homemade-treats-your-valentine-will-love <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-delicious-homemade-treats-your-valentine-will-love" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/chocolate-covered-strawberries-Dollarphotoclub_60362926.jpg" alt="chocolate covered strawberries" title="chocolate covered strawberries" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Not everyone loves Valentine's Day, but everyone (in their right mind) loves sweets. If you're not sure what to get your significant other, or you just want to show your family and friends that you care, try making one of these far-better-than-average homemade treats. They'll turn anyone into a Valentine's fan!</p> <h2>1. Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies</h2> <p>These bright red, <a href="http://www.justataste.com/2013/02/valentines-day-red-velvet-cheesecake-brownies-recipes/">festive brownies</a> are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. They're a more decadent version of red velvet cake, with a cream cheese filling marbled throughout. Plus, they look impressive without a high level of difficulty.</p> <h2>2. Chocolate-Dipped Vanilla Caramels</h2> <p>Do you want to make a sophisticated candy that is sure to impress? Wrap up these <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/chocolate-dipped-vanilla-caramels">chocolate-dipped homemade caramels</a> in a pretty tin, and they are sure to put a smile on your loved one's face. Leave off the chocolate for non-chocoholics.</p> <h2>3. Cherry Cordials</h2> <p>A classic date gift, making <a href="http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/cherry-cordials">cherry cordials</a> yourself will beat out the store bought variety by leaps and bounds. Luckily they couldn't be easier and only require three ingredients &mdash; just be sure to start early, since the cherries need to soak for a few hours.</p> <h2>4. Homemade Conversation Hearts</h2> <p>It's probably never occurred to you that you can make your own <a href="http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2012/02/bravetart-how-to-make-conversation-hearts-valentines-candy.html">homemade conversation hearts</a>, but this version of the classic Valentine's candy is better than the original. They're worth the special equipment and extra time &mdash; this candy will have people oohing and aahing.</p> <h2>5. Handwritten Valentine Cupcakes With Chocolate Glaze</h2> <p>Are you planning to make <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/317440/handwritten-valentine-cupcakes-with-choc">homemade cupcakes</a> as your Valentine's treat? Personalize them by writing a loving message with a small round icing tip. Practice on some wax paper before starting so you get the hang of it.</p> <h2>6. Red Velvet Cookie Pops</h2> <p>It doesn't get any cuter, or Valentines-ier, than these <a href="http://www.aspicyperspective.com/2013/01/red-velvet-cookies-free-printable-tags.html">cookie pops</a>. They're bright red and heart-shaped, and delicious, too. Take these cookies to work or send with your child to school.</p> <h2>7. Dark Chocolate Bark With Roasted Almonds and Seeds</h2> <p>For a very easy but sophisticated treat, take just a few minutes to make <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/dark-chocolate-bark-with-roasted-almonds-and-seeds">dark chocolate bark</a>. Try mixing it up with different fillings like other nuts and dried fruit. This candy is a great option for low-sugar diets.</p> <h2>8. Be-My-Valentine Cookies</h2> <p>A <a href="http://www.delish.com/recipefinder/be-my-valentine-cookies">heart-shaped cookie</a> dipped in chocolate is a crowd-pleasing Valentine's dessert. Decorate them however you want and try different kinds of chocolate for dipping. These cookies are fun to make with kids!</p> <h2>9. Pink Peppermint Marshmallows</h2> <p>Want a treat that is classically pink? Look no further than these fluffy, <a href="http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/dessert/candy/pink-peppermint-marshmallows.html">homemade peppermint marshmallows</a>. They make a great gift for a non-chocolate eater, or a hot cocoa lover.</p> <h2>10. Chocolate Cherry Chocolate Chunk Fudgy Brownies</h2> <p>These <a href="http://www.averiecooks.com/2013/12/chocolate-cherry-chocolate-chunk-fudgy-brownies.html">fudgy brownies</a> are everything you want in a Valentine's treat: Chocolate? Check. Red cherries? Yep. Decadent? You bet! They're chewy and rich and will melt any chocolate lover's heart.</p> <h2>11. Rice Krispie Treat Pops</h2> <p>If you're sick of chocolate this time of year, make these <a href="http://www.rachaelray.com/recipes/rice-krispie-treat-pops">easy and fast pops</a>. Simply whip up some Rice Krispie treats, let them set, and then cut them out with a heart-shaped cutter. Add an optional stick and get creative with the decorations.</p> <h2>12. Chocolate-Mint Thins With Candy Cane Crunch</h2> <p>If you have a Girl Scout cookie lover in your life, try making these homemade <a href="http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1017031-chocolate-mint-thins-with-candy-cane-crunch">chocolate-mint thins</a> with the embellishment of red candy cane. These are great out of the freezer, too!</p> <h2>13. Chocolate-Covered Strawberries</h2> <p>A sweet that is simple but delicious and oh-so-Valentine's appropriate. Decorate your <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/chocolate-covered-strawberries-recipe">chocolate-covered strawberries</a> with all sorts of things: white chocolate, sprinkles, cookie crumbs, or crushed nuts.</p> <h2>14. White Chocolate Valentines</h2> <p>Ditch the usual disposable card this year and make an <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/white-chocolate-valentines-recipe.html">edible valentine</a> out of white chocolate! Have fun embellishing with different colors of chocolate and write a fun message. Your loved one can enjoy the sentiment and eat it too!</p> <h2>15. 3-Ingredient Valentine's Day Fudge</h2> <p>This <a href="http://lecremedelacrumb.com/2014/01/valentines-day-mm-fudge-3-ingredients.html">Valentine's fudge</a> is very easy to make with only three ingredients: white chocolate, sweetened condensed milk and M&amp;Ms. You can change it up by using different M&amp;Ms &mdash; peanut butter would be especially good.</p> <p><em>What special treats will you make for your Valentine this year?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/laurel-randolph">Laurel Randolph</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-delicious-homemade-treats-your-valentine-will-love">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-sweet-16-delicious-and-healthy-frozen-yogurt-and-ice-cream-recipes">The Sweet 16: Delicious and Healthy Frozen Yogurt and Ice Cream Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-bake-sourdough-bread-and-save-a-buck-on-every-loaf">How to bake sourdough bread (and save a buck on every loaf)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-creative-delicious-things-you-can-make-in-a-blender">15 Creative, Delicious Things You Can Make in a Blender</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-homemade-liqueurs-to-bottle-now-for-tasty-holiday-gifts">10 Homemade Liqueurs to Bottle for Tasty Gifts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-104-sweet-ways-to-celebrate-valentines-day">Flashback Friday: 104 Sweet Ways to Celebrate Valentine&#039;s Day</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink dessert Homemade sweet eats treat Valentine's Day Wed, 11 Feb 2015 10:31:14 +0000 Laurel Randolph 1285773 at http://www.wisebread.com 20 Valentine's Day Gifts for $10 or Less http://www.wisebread.com/20-valentines-day-gifts-for-10-or-less <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/20-valentines-day-gifts-for-10-or-less" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000033431802_Full.jpg" alt="man woman kiss" title="man woman kiss" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's easy to forget that Valentine's Day is about celebrating love over material things &mdash; what, with all the swag being shilled in the name of Cupid &mdash; but you can put more of an emphasis on your actual relationship while still gifting a small, thoughtful present with a smidge of effort.</p> <p>Alas, I can't help you with what you'll <em>do</em> to recognize your partner or loved ones on February 14, but I can make a few suggestions on several special items you can <em>give</em> to bring a smile to that someone's face. Best of all, everything is $10 or less. Let's go shopping.</p> <h2>1. Aqua Love Notes</h2> <p><img width="201" height="250" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/AquaNotes.jpg" /></p> <p>Specially designed for Valentine's Day, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00A3VJ7UK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00A3VJ7UK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=QZRWQTOUE2EB6DST">Aqua Love Notes</a> &mdash; a waterproof pad for the shower for you and your honey to exchange sweet greetings &mdash; comes with a pencil, suction cup holder, and 40 sheets of waterproof paper. You'll bring a grin to your significant other's face on a regular basis by leaving sexy messages every time you hop in for a scrub.</p> <p><strong>Cost: $7</strong></p> <h2>2. Love Photo Album</h2> <p><img width="189" height="250" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/LovePhotoAlbum.jpg" /></p> <p>If your beau is a bit old school, this <a href="http://www.joann.com/mini-photo-album-4inx6in-holds-24-photos-love/13929005.html">mini, love-inspired photo album</a> holds 24 memorable moments in the form of 4x6 photographs that he or she can cherish in hard copy for years to come. To fill the album quickly and easily, download the photos via the CVS app or website to your local CVS. Prints are 19 cents each at most locations and can be done within an hour. You can make a more elaborate gift by also including memories such as movie stub tickets, notes to one another, a hotel key card, and other mementos.</p> <p><strong>Cost: $6.65</strong></p> <h2>3. Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon 2012</h2> <p><img width="141" height="250" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Excelsior_Cabernet_Sauvignon.jpg" /></p> <p>Nothing says &quot;I want to get drunk with you&quot; better than a bottle of red wine, and the <a href="http://www.wine.com/v6/Excelsior-Cabernet-Sauvignon-2012/wine/131327/Detail.aspx">Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon 2012</a> is an affordable way to get that sultry sentiment across. Featuring notes of blackcurrant, black cherry, and plum with subtle hints of dark chocolate and spice, it's a perfect complement to a homemade Valentine's dinner.</p> <p><strong>Cost: $9.99</strong></p> <h2>4. Design a Tea</h2> <p><img width="467" height="250" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Design_A_Tea.jpg" /></p> <p>You'll earn big points with a gift from <a href="http://www.designatea.com/designatea.php">Design a Tea</a>, which allows you to create and personalize your own loose or easy-fill teabags. With a wide selection of ingredients from which to choose, you can put together a package of drinkable delight, especially if you know the recipient's favorite foods and flavors.</p> <p><strong>Cost: $4.95</strong></p> <h2>5. It's All Buttah Bath Salts</h2> <p><img width="361" height="250" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/EtsyBathSalts.jpg" /></p> <p>The handmade bath salts from Etsy store <a href="https://www.etsy.com/shop/ItsAllButtah">It's All Buttah</a> are just what the doctor ordered for those who like to kick back in a relaxing bath. Scented with organic lavender essential oil, the salts are soaked for a week to ensure that they're highly fragrant and moisturizing.</p> <p><strong>Cost: $8.25</strong></p> <h2>6. &quot;Good For One Mediocre Shoulder Rub&quot; Coupon Book</h2> <p><img width="477" height="250" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/GoodForOneMediocreShoulderRub.png" /></p> <p>If you've been married for a while, you're sure to find the humor in this <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1612433987/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1612433987&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=UDIKM2HM6PVCQMVH">quirky coupon book</a> that allows the recipient to redeem for special domestic treatments like the eponymous mediocre shoulder rub, a night off from doing the dishes, and more. Pair it with some special edition Hot Tamales candies &mdash; emblazoned with the word &quot;Hottie&quot; on the box in celebration of Valentine's Day &mdash; for an even more gratifying gift.</p> <p><strong>Cost: $9.34</strong></p> <h2>7. BBQ Sauces and Rubs</h2> <p><img width="283" height="250" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/PirateJonnysBBQRubs.jpg" /></p> <p>If you've got a serious meat lover in your midst, touch his heart by way of his stomach with <a href="http://www.piratejonnys.com">Pirate Jonny's Caribbean BBQ</a> rubs and sauces. I recommend picking up one bottle of <a href="http://www.piratejonnys.com/content/sauces#!/Syrenas-Seduction-Hot-Sauce-5-OUNCE-BOTTLE/p/37510578/category=9301220">Syrena's Seduction Hot Sauce</a> and pairing it with a new <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002SU7GHK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B002SU7GHK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=EPNZI4LTA2VQRHSL">silicone basting brush</a>, or spring for two bottles in <a href="http://www.piratejonnys.com/content/sauces#!/Pirate-Jonnys-Hot-Saucey-Combo-Pack/p/44530035/category=9301220">Pirate Jonny's Hot Saucey Combo Pack</a> for double the deliciousness.</p> <p><strong>Cost: $9.25 to $9.74</strong></p> <h2>8. Sharetapes</h2> <p><img width="375" height="250" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Sharetapes.jpg" /></p> <p>Mixed tapes are a thing of the past, but the concept of compiling musical content to express your feelings to someone you love is alive and well in the present.</p> <p>Next-generation <a href="http://www.sharetapes.com/">Sharetapes</a> enable you to give a classic mixtape-style gift in the form of a digital production by connecting to services like Spotify, YouTube, SoundCloud, and 8tracks. Once complete, all the recipient has to do is activate his or her Sharetape with NFC or QR enabled smartphone or tablet. Packs of five are available at $9.99 &mdash; which will eat up your entire budget &mdash; so I suggest picking up one Sharetape for $2.49 and pairing it with another music-inspired gift, like framed ticket stubs from a memorable concert or this <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ATSLKXE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00ATSLKXE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=WF3W2BKK2L7TM2Y3">music note bottle opener</a>.</p> <p><strong>Cost: $7.79</strong></p> <h2>9. Panasonic Earbuds</h2> <p>Instead of a Sharetape for your musically inclined paramour, go another route by creating a playlist in iTunes and secretly uploading it to his or her device. Leave a note instructing your partner how to find the playlist along with a pair of new <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/search/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;high-price=10&amp;keywords=panasonic%20earbuds&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;low-price=&amp;qid=1430423712&amp;rh=n%3A172282%2Cn%3A281407%2Cn%3A172532%2Cn%3A172541%2Ck%3Apanasonic%20earbuds%2Cp_36%3A1253503011%2Cp_89%3APanasonic&amp;rnid=386442011&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;x=3&amp;y=12&amp;linkId=NIF4ZUB3TD7GQQYY">Panasonic headphones</a> with which to listen.</p> <p><strong>Cost: $9.99</strong></p> <h2>10. Dappertime Cufflinks</h2> <p><img width="375" height="250" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Dappertime_Cufflinks.jpg" /></p> <p>If your man prides himself on his put-together appearance, the gift of a glittering brass accessory will definitely make his day. These gold-colored, crown-shaped <a href="http://www.dappertime.com/collections/dapper-cufflinks/products/rex">Rex cufflinks</a>&nbsp;from Dappertime's Cuffmachines collection let him know that he's king of the castle &mdash; even when you know better.</p> <p><strong>Cost: $9.99</strong></p> <h2>11. Melt-Your-Heart Brownies</h2> <p>For this <a href="https://www.hersheys.com/celebrate/valentines/recipedetail.aspx?id=96449&amp;name=REESES-Melt-Your-Heart-Brownies">DIY gift</a> you'll need a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ODSY5ZQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00ODSY5ZQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=DVMSMI2GTYJQZVIX">heart-shaped silicone baking mold</a>, Hershey's cocoa, Reese's Peanut Butter Chips, 18 Reese's Peanut Butter-Filled Hearts, and a few pantry staples. The result is decadent candy-topped brownies made from scratch that you and your boo can share anywhere &mdash; even in bed.</p> <p><strong>Cost: $5.59 + a few ingredients</strong></p> <h2>12. Coracao Confections</h2> <p><img width="250" height="250" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/FeelGreatChocolate.jpg" /></p> <p>Get a little fruity &mdash; then nutty &mdash; as you put together a special selection of chocolates for your S.O. Eclectic choices from <a href="http://www.coracaoconfections.com">Coracoa Confections</a> include the Ghost Pepper Baby Bar, Kale Granola Bark, Rose Truffles, Berry Caramel Hearts, and more.</p> <p><strong>Cost: $3.25 to $5.99</strong></p> <h2>13. Inkling Scents</h2> <p><img width="328" height="250" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/InklingScents.jpg" /></p> <p>Breathe in the aroma of love with a five-fragrance sample package from <a href="http://www.inklingscents.com/">Inkling Scents</a>. Select from a dozen women's scents, seven men's scents, and one unisex scent to create a personalized package. Each milliliter vial is packaged in a clear pillow box tied with a bow.</p> <p><strong>Cost: $10</strong></p> <h2>14. &quot;I Love You Mom&quot; Trinket Dish</h2> <p><img width="250" height="250" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/ILoveYouMomTrinketDish.jpg" /></p> <p>You can't forget mom on Valentine's Day &mdash; she's the reason you're here after all. Show her a small measure of your appreciation with the <a href="http://www.kennebugboutique.com/pd-i-love-you-mom-trinket-dish.cfm">&quot;I Love You Mom&quot;trinket dish</a> from Kennebug Boutique. This cream-colored ceramic dish with a flower border and terra cotta backside will be Mom's new favorite place to keep all her cherished charms and baubles.</p> <p><strong>Cost: $6.99</strong></p> <h2>15. Pop Vinyl Figures</h2> <p>Let him know he's your Superman (or that she's your Superwoman!) with Funko's officially licensed <a href="http://www.fun.com/search.aspx?q=pop+heroes">Pop Heroes collection</a>, available at Fun.com. These vinyl figures, which stand 3.75 inches tall, are molded and painted to look like your favorite comic book heroes (and villains), like Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman, among other favorites. The full collection features a wider array of characters from other pop-culture mainstays, including The Wizard of Oz, Elf, Game of Thrones, Big Bang Theory, Goonies, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Star Wars, Adventure Time, Masters of the Universe, and Disney.</p> <p><strong>Cost: $9.99</strong></p> <h2>16. Credit Card Survival Tool</h2> <p><img width="250" height="250" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/credit-card-survival-tool.jpg" /></p> <p>Maybe I've watched too much Walking Dead or perhaps I'm just keenly aware of what's really happening in the world, but either way I'm taking precautions to prepare for a catastrophe that will render me self-sufficient. Given the world in which we live nowadays, you probably have a similar person in your life &mdash; and they'll totally appreciate the thoughtful and functional <a href="http://www.thegiftsformen.com/credit-card-survival-tool.php#">Credit Card Survival Tool</a>&nbsp;from Gifts for Men. This compact, stainless-steel lifesaver (it's no bigger than a credit card) features 11 useful applications, including a saw, box opener, bottle opener, can opener, wrench, ruler, and more. Perfect for camping, backpacking, or bugging out when the ish hits the fan.</p> <p><strong>Cost: $5</strong></p> <h2>17. Homemade Treats</h2> <p><a href="http://www.effortlessgirl.com">Effortless Girl</a>'s Julie Loven provides a few ideas on how to bring the heat &mdash; and the sweet &mdash; in the comfort of your own kitchen.</p> <h3>Valentine's Cookie Sandwiches</h3> <p>Bake chocolate cookies in the shape of hearts and use strawberry ice cream, frozen yogurt, or gelato in the center so you have Valentine colors of chocolate and pink.</p> <h3>Valentine's Marshmallow Pops</h3> <p>Purchase pink marshmallows from the supermarket. Place them on lollipop stick and dip half of the marshmallow in melted chocolate. Allow to harden and serve pops for stirring in hot chocolate. Very delicious.</p> <h3>Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries</h3> <p>An old standby. Easy to make. Dip each berry into melted chocolate and allow to harden.</p> <h3>Optional Add-On: Breyer's Gelato Indulgences</h3> <p><img width="494" height="250" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/BreyersGelatoIndulgences2.jpg" /></p> <p>If you happen to have money left in your budget, spring for a container of <a href="http://www.breyers.com/product/category/694165/gelato">Breyer's Gelato Indulgences</a> &mdash; which just introduced its mint chocolate chip flavor &mdash; to pair with any of your homemade treats for a little extra indulgence.</p> <p><strong>Cost: $4.49-$5.99</strong></p> <h2>18. Love With Food Box</h2> <p>For the health-conscious humanitarian in your life, send a <a href="https://lovewithfood.com">Love With Food box</a>, an organic or all-natural snack box that helps fight hunger in America. The Tasting Box includes eight or more surprise snacks that are either organic or all-natural, GMO-free, gluten-free, or free of artificial junk. Each box donates one meal to hungry children in America. Long-term subscriptions are available, but you also can purchase a one-time box.</p> <p><strong>Cost: $10</strong></p> <h2>19. Konectidy Bracelets</h2> <p><img width="366" height="250" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Konectidy_Bracelets_0.jpg" /></p> <p>Empower your children to be the best they can be with a surprise from <a href="http://konectidy.com">Konectidy</a>, color-coded bracelets that you design, name, and own with a specific positive meaning for the recipient. Konectidy was built on &quot;the spirit of 'paying it forward' for both individuals and charities&hellip; in whatever colorful way you choose.&quot; Pre-made bracelets also are available to support various causes like Legacy of Hope, Domestic Violence Ended, and R.I.S.E. &amp; Stand.</p> <p><strong>Cost: $9.95</strong></p> <h2>20. Yiftee eGifts</h2> <p>You know I love a good discount, and <a href="http://yiftee.com/">Yiftee</a> is a great way to deliver almost effortless but thoughtful savings to someone special with just a few clicks. Just choose a merchant (like a cool neighborhood bar, cafe, shop, or spa), select a gift value, write a personal message &mdash; &quot;Hey Sallie, meet me at Mike's Bar at 8 p.m. tonight; here's something for your first glass of wine in case you get there early&quot; &mdash; and send instantly via e-mail or text. Sallie then receives the eGift on her smartphone with the ability to instantly thank the sender, and she can redeem the eGift by presenting the mobile voucher to the service provider. Sounds like the beginning of an awesome date, if I do say so myself.</p> <p><em>Do you have any other Valentine's gift ideas for under $10? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-valentines-day-gifts-for-10-or-less">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-meaningful-mothers-day-gifts-for-every-budget">30 Meaningful Mother&#039;s Day Gifts for Every Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/80-stocking-stuffer-ideas-for-10-or-less">80 Stocking Stuffer Ideas for $10 or Less</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-perfect-holiday-gifts-for-book-lovers">21 Perfect Holiday Gifts for Book Lovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-december">What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in December</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-5-cheap-greeting-cards-that-blow-hallmark-away">Make 5 cheap ‘greeting cards’ that blow Hallmark away.</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living cheap gifts gift guides gifts product reviews romance Valentine's Day Tue, 10 Feb 2015 18:00:08 +0000 Mikey Rox 1286594 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: How Do You Celebrate Valentine's Day on a Budget? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-celebrate-valentines-day-on-a-budget <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-celebrate-valentines-day-on-a-budget" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/valentines-day-strawberries-Dollarphotoclub_76544460.jpg" alt="valentines day strawberries" title="valentines day strawberries" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-celebrate-valentines-day-on-a-budget#comment-767186">Beth S</a>, Suz_Glo, and Susan for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>Retailers will have you believe that you need to buy chocolate, flowers, and jewelry to celebrate Valentine's Day meaningfully, but we all know you don't need to spend a dime to say &quot;I love you.&quot; Even if you want to do something special for Valentine's Day, it's entirely possible to keep it affordable.</p> <p><strong>How do you celebrate Valentine's Day on a budget?</strong> Do you have an agreement with your significant other with regards to gifts? If you aren't celebrating Valentine's Day, how do you show your love on an everyday basis?</p> <p>Tell us how you celebrate Valentine's Day on a budget and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; here's how you can win!</p> <h3>Mandatory Entry:</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below. One commenter will be randomly selected to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</li> </ul> <h3>For Extra Entries:</h3> <ul> <li>You can tweet about our giveaway for an extra entry. Also, our Facebook fans can get an extra entry too! 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Winners will also be contacted via email.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong>&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us how you celebrate Valentine&#039;s Day on a budget and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-celebrate-valentines-day-on-a-budget">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/spend-less-this-valentines-day-and-win-an-ipod-touch">Spend Less This Valentine’s Day (And Win an iPod Touch!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-share-your-favorite-frugal-holiday-tradition">Ask the Readers: Share Your Favorite Frugal Holiday Tradition</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-is-valentines-day-too-commercial-chance-to-win-20">Ask the Readers: Is Valentine&#039;s Day Too Commercial? 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(Chance to Win!)</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Giveaways Ask the Readers Valentine's Day Tue, 10 Feb 2015 16:00:06 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1286635 at http://www.wisebread.com 14 Ways to Spend Less Money on Valentine's Day http://www.wisebread.com/14-ways-to-spend-less-money-on-valentines-day <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/14-ways-to-spend-less-money-on-valentines-day" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple-valentines-day-breakfast-Dollarphotoclub_73459350_0.jpg" alt="couple valentines day" title="couple valentines day" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you're rolling your eyes at the fact that you have to loosen your wallet once again so soon after Christmas, you're not alone. Because while Valentine's Day is an excellent excuse to concentrate on reconnecting with our significant others, it's also a day that we've come to dread because of the anticipated cost of expressing such love.</p> <p>This year, however, you don't have to be a slave to the dollar sign if you're willing to put in a bit of thoughtfulness, creativity and time. Check out these 14 ways to celebrate your better half without going broke &mdash; then add your own low-cost ideas in the comments below.</p> <h2>1. Skip the Restaurant &mdash; Prepare a Home-Cooked Meal</h2> <p>My husband once tried to take me to dinner on Valentine's Day without a reservation. That's all I'll say about the situation since I'm pretty sure you can figure out how it went down after that. To avoid being frustrated and annoyed on Two-Fourteen, we now skip dining out altogether and opt to make a homemade meal instead &mdash; but one decidedly more fancy than an ordinary night's dinner.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.7em;">If you're not exactly a whiz in the kitchen, don't fret just yet. There are plenty of apps available to walk you through the cooking process. </span><a href="http://www.sidechef.com" style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.7em;">SideChef</a><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.7em;">, in particular, is an ideal resource for step-by-step instructions on how to prepare wow-inducing meals like </span><a href="http://www.garlicandzest.com/bourbon-marinated-flank-steak" style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.7em;">Bourbon-marinated flank steak</a><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.7em;">,</span><a href="http://hapanom.com/herb-roasted-cornish-game-hen/" style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.7em;"> herb-roasted Cornish game hen</a><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.7em;">, and </span><a href="http://www.expatcucina.com/2012/10/26/lemon-baked-cod-fish/" style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.7em;">lemon-baked cod fish</a><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.7em;">.</span></p> <h2>2. Use Daily Deals for Discounts If You'd Like to Dine Out</h2> <p>If you're a gambler and want to roll the dice by dining out on Valentine's Day, at least hedge your bets by picking up a daily-deal discount, says Bakke.</p> <p>&quot;If you want to visit a restaurant, use the websites Groupon or LivingSocial to find 50% off vouchers to local eateries,&quot; he suggests.</p> <p>But buyer beware: Some of the vouchers make have blackout dates that include holidays like Valentine's Day, so be sure to read the fine print before purchasing the discount.</p> <h2>3. Make a Handcrafted Valentine From a Favorite Memory</h2> <p>I'd much rather receive a handmade gift &mdash; even if it looks like it was made by the three-year-old trapped inside my husband's body &mdash; than an arbitrary gift that equates cost to affection. And there are innumerable ways you can make something from the heart.</p> <p>&quot;Print out a photo of your favorite memory together and glue some embellishments to an inexpensive frame,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.krazyglue.com/product/details/krazy-glue-20g-craft-gel#.VL1TSEfF-mE%3E">suggests a rep at Krazy Glue</a>. &quot;This cost-effective gift is made with love and shows how thoughtful you can be.&quot;</p> <p>Alecsy Christensen, Miss Utah USA finalist and author of the blog <a href="http://www.glittergatsby.com">Glitter Gatsby</a>, offers another dynamic idea.</p> <p>&quot;Show your valentine how much you care by gifting something special anyone can make,&quot; she says. &quot;My Valentine's Day gift idea would be '52 Things I Love About You' on a deck of cards. Write something you love about your loved one on a piece of paper, glue it to a card, do this for all 52 cards, and hole punch all the cards together and secure the cards with binder rings.&quot;</p> <p>These are gifts that keep on giving for years to come, and they let your partner know that they're worth your time and effort.</p> <h2>4. Complete Unfinished Projects Around the House in the Name of Love</h2> <p>In lieu of a gift this year, get to work and earn your partner's affect instead of buying it. Revisit your &quot;Honey Do&quot; list to see what projects still need to be completed around the house &mdash; surely there's a thing or two that needs a little TLC. You can kill two birds with one stone by going this route, if your partner appreciates the man (or woman) hours you put in.</p> <h2>5. Plan a Romantic Movie Night in With Valentine's-Inspired Snacks</h2> <p>Movie nights are a staycation staple, but they're perfectly acceptable (even better, I think) on Valentine's Day. Let your partner pick the flicks &mdash; or share the title-choosing responsibility &mdash; and prepare a few easy-to-make snacks to enjoy during the screenings. Try this <a href="https://www.hersheys.com/recipes/recipe-details.aspx?id=8447">peanut butter and chocolate-drizzled popcorn recipe</a> with only 190 calories per one cup serving, these <a href="http://insidebrucrewlife.com/2012/01/cherry-marshmallow-rice-krispy-treats/">cherry-marshmallow Rice Krispies treats</a> (which also include M&amp;Ms!), or candy shop-quality <a href="http://mrsfoxssweets.blogspot.com/2012/01/chocolate-dipped-valentines-pretzels.html">chocolate-covered Valentine's pretzel sticks</a>.</p> <h2>6. Plan a Low-Cost &quot;Experience&quot; Date to Facilitate Interaction</h2> <p>Doing is much better than saying &mdash; which is why you two need to get out and about to show your affection instead of exchanging it verbally.</p> <p>Zina Kumok, author of the blog <a href="http://www.debtfreeafterthree.com/">Debt Free After Three</a>, agrees.</p> <p>&quot;Experiences are always more valuable than things so instead of buying gifts for Valentine's Day, we try to do things together,&quot; she says. &quot;Last year we went to an arcade together. We played lots of games together and it was so fun doing something silly for a couple hours. On the way back we stopped by a flea market and walked around. It should be more about celebrating your relationship than getting a gift.&quot;</p> <p>Josh Aaron, author of the blog <a href="http://www.tobuildmyown.com">To Build My Own</a>, feels similarly.</p> <p>&quot;Don't spend anything at all,&quot; he says. &quot;Instead, give your girl an experience. Take her to watch the sunset, cook her a light but tasty dinner, use candles and romantic music, and dance with her a little bit. The key is to make her feel special. Expensive gifts help, but they aren't better than meaningful experiences that show her you care.&quot;</p> <h2>7. Get Creative and Shake Things Up in the Bedroom</h2> <p>One of the best parts of Valentine's Day is the facilitation of intimacy that's often put on the back burner the rest of the year. This year, kick your bedroom antics up a notch and get creative. I can't go into too much detail in this regard (family blog and all), but I'm sure if you put your mind to it you can put together a night to remember.</p> <h2>8. Hold Off on Buying Jewelry Until After Valentine's Day</h2> <p>Offers.com savings expert Amber Sager says &quot;if you're planning to buy jewelry for your Valentine, hold off until <em>after</em> February 14. Right after Valentine's Day, the demand for jewelry goes way down, and retailers supply huge discounts to attract customers.&quot;</p> <p>This is a tricky tactic, because what's the point of giving a gift after Valentine's Day, right? But if your partner is flexible and understanding and loves to save a few dollars just like you do, waiting to buy jewelry until the holiday has passed may result in significant savings.</p> <p>I think this is something you two should discuss in advance, however &mdash; sure, it won't be a surprise, but it's much better than saying nothing and giving nothing on February 14; disappointment will abound &mdash; so you're both on the same page in terms of expectations and perhaps can plan an alternative activity in the meantime.</p> <h2>9. Compare Prices Before You Buy Your Valentine's Gifts</h2> <p>You compare prices on almost everything else you buy &mdash; or at least you should &mdash; so why wouldn't you do it when trying to find an ideal Valentine's gift?</p> <p>&quot;Just because you found one bouquet for $100 doesn't mean it costs that much everywhere,&quot; Sager points out. &quot;Offers.com has a <a href="http://www.offers.com/valentines-day/">Valentine's Day Savings Center</a> that allows you to compare the best deals and coupons for Valentine's Day, and we update it with the best offers daily.&quot;</p> <h2>10. Create a Coupon Book That Your Significant Other Can Redeem From You</h2> <p>This is another tried-and-true low-cost gift that puts more of an emphasis on doing rather than saying.</p> <p>About an action-inspired coupon book, Sarah Edison of <a href="http://www.theloveyourjobproject.com">The Love Your Job Project</a> says some of &quot;the best Valentines Day gifts are the least expensive. The best I had was a homemade book of 'coupons' (things that my significant other would do for me), such as one free hour-long massage, no laundry duty for a week, a homemade dinner, car wash and vacuum, breakfast in bed, and other romantic gestures that don't really cost anything. This can be a great gift because it is creative and unique to your relationship.&quot;</p> <h2>11. Satisfy His or Her Valentine's Sweet Tooth With From-Scratch Baked Goods</h2> <p>Take note, gentlemen: If you ever have the pleasure of dating me in the future, you'll always win my heart with freshly baked cookies, cakes, pies, and pastries. Hope you like 'em pudgy.</p> <p>Seriously though, if you're an aspiring baker, start with these decadent, easy-to-make <a href="http://recipeforperfection.com/ultimate-deep-dish-brownies-recipe/">Ultimate Deep Dish Brownies</a> from Katie Moseman, writer at Recipe for Perfection, to make the holiday all the more delicious.</p> <h2>12. Try the $1 Anti-Commercialism Valentine's Challenge</h2> <p>Valentine's Day for $1? Seems unlikely, but if you take your cue from Angela Reed-Fox and her husband, both directors of a<a href="http://www.foxcycling.com"> cycling center in the UK</a>, you can do it &mdash; and have some fun while you're at it.</p> <p>&quot;For several years, my husband and I have taken the $1 challenge. This is mainly because he thinks V-Day is a day for businesses to make guilt money out of men, and partly because being original says 'I love you' more than picking up flowers from the garage on your way home,&quot; she says. &quot;A couple of ideas we've done in the past is an 'I love you' box &mdash; an inexpensive wooden box filled with tiny little scrolls printed with 'I love you' reasons &mdash; some of them mainstream, some more bizarre. Or using sticky notes to plant 'I love you' messages everywhere. Seriously, everywhere! That sucker in the bottom of the hole punch took months to find &mdash; but having 'I love yous' popping up well after the day itself leaves you with a lovely, warm glow.&quot;</p> <h2>13. Spring for the Practical Household Gift That Was Already on Your List</h2> <p>Instead of buying a present that doesn't have a true function, decide together that this year's Valentine's gift will be something that you both want to make your lives more convenient or something that you need to replace an old, perhaps non-working household item.</p> <p>&quot;Don't waste your money on flowers that are perishable or a fancy box of chocolate that will probably be misinterpreted because of added pregnancy weight,&quot; advises Zaida Khaze, mother of two and inventor of the <a href="http://www.wiggletot.com">Wiggletot Diaper Changer</a>. &quot;Be economical, buy the gift you already intended to buy for the home that will help save you money.&quot;</p> <h2>14. Just Go With the Flow and Find the Extra in the Ordinary</h2> <p>This is by far the best solution to saving money on Valentine's Day that I've heard in a long time. It's cute, clever, and these two seem to embrace the irony of such a simple outing on a day that otherwise can be taken over the top.</p> <p>&quot;A few years back my girlfriend (now fiance) and I were shopping at Costco on Valentine's Day,&quot; recalls Brent C., founder of personal-finance site <a href="http://www.vosa.com">Vosa.com</a> and all around awesome boyfriend. &quot;After shopping we were talking about where to go for dinner. We mutually decided on getting hot dogs at Costco, which I think are $1.50. We sat there, talked and laughed while enjoying our $3 Valentine's dinner. This has now become a tradition that we do every year, although sometimes we do spring for the chicken fingers, which totally blows the $3 budget. We make it fun, and I often joke throughout the year and especially as Valentine's Day gets closer that I better call to reserve the 'best table by the tire section' before someone else does. This year we'll be in San Diego over Valentine's Day and we are already planning our Costco hot dog dinner date &mdash; and we're planning to get a $1 churro for desert!</p> <p>&quot;I think it's possible for anyone to find fun ways to share the sentiment without breaking the bank,&quot; he continues. &quot;It's all about making it about the experience rather than the price of the dinner and wine.&quot;</p> <p>Touché. Let's all take a page from Brent's playbook this year.</p> <p><em>Do you have low- or no-cost Valentine's ideas to add? Let us know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-ways-to-spend-less-money-on-valentines-day">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Try These 10 Tricks for Entertaining Kids on a Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flower-power-a-guide-to-frugal-valentines-flowers">Flower Power - A Guide to Frugal Valentine&#039;s Flowers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Lifestyle cheap dates entertainment Holidays romance Valentine's Day Fri, 06 Feb 2015 18:00:09 +0000 Mikey Rox 1285755 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Have Fun and Save Money on Valentine's Day http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-have-fun-and-save-money-on-valentines-day <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-have-fun-and-save-money-on-valentines-day" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/valentines-day-cookies-Dollarphotoclub_76578752.jpg" alt="valentines day cookies" title="valentines day cookies" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on ways to have fun and save money on Valentine's Day, characteristics of the millionaire next door, and practical budgeting tips.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://freefrombroke.com/how-to-save-money-on-valentines-day-and-still-have-fun/">How to Save Money on Valentine&rsquo;s Day and Still Have Fun &mdash; 23 Ways</a> &mdash; Boxes of fancy chocolate can get expensive. Instead, make your own candy from molds and personalize them for your special someone. [Free From Broke]</p> <p><a href="http://wealthyturtle.com/seven-characteristics-of-the-millionaire-next-door/">Seven Characteristics of the Millionaire Next Door</a> &mdash; Most millionaires had to work hard to create the opportunity that led to their success. [Wealthy Turtle]</p> <p><a href="http://christianpf.com/practical-budgeting-tips-to-manage-your-money-better/">2 Practical Budgeting Tips to Manage Your Money Better</a> &mdash; One way to organize your finances better is to budget with three main categories in mind: giving and saving, bills, and other expenses. [Christian PF]</p> <p><a href="http://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/finance/money-nerd/lower-bills/car-maintenance-bills/">How to Keep Your Car Maintenance Bills Low</a> &mdash; See if the repairs you need can be covered by the warranty. Even used cars may have a parts and labor warranty if you bought it at a dealership.</p> <p><a href="http://www.dontpayfull.com/blog/20-diy-boards-on-pinterest-you-need-to-follow-right-now">20 DIY Boards on Pinterest you Need to Follow Right Now</a> &mdash; Real Simple's Pinterest board is full of original content on crafting, cooking, and decorating. [Don't Pay Full]</p> <h3>Other Essential Reading</h3> <p><a href="http://www.retiredby40blog.com/2015/01/22/8-free-ways-turn-bad-day-around/">8 Free Ways to Turn a Bad Day Around</a> &mdash; Add a bit of rosemary to your dinner. This aromatic herb is known for stimulating energy levels, improving memory, and relieving headaches and mental fatigue. [Retired By 40]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Acceptable-Apply-Multiple-Positions-One-Company-1640702">Is It Ever OK to Apply for Multiple Positions at One Company?</a> &mdash; Be realistic. Only apply for the positions that you qualify for, and make sure to tailor your resume for each position. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/10-common-money-mistakes-20-somethings-make">10 Money Mistakes Most 20‑Somethings Make</a> &mdash; Pursuing higher education can be a waste of time and money if you don't have a plan. [The Simple Dollar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.mydollarplan.com/do-your-kids-need-to-file-taxes/">Do Your Kids Need to File Taxes?</a> &mdash; If your child earns interest or dividends, or has a job, be sure to check if they meet any of the requirements for filing. [My Dollar Plan]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/9-tips-to-become-a-more-attentive-parent">9 Tips to Become a More Attentive Parent</a> &mdash; If you have weekends off, make sure to save them for your family. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-have-fun-and-save-money-on-valentines-day">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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