Wise Bread's Guide to Valentine's Day
Ah, February — when romance is in the air. Sure, that romance may be forecfully pumped into the air by stores and restaurants — but it's in the air nonetheless. Thankfully, as sure as cupid is a chubby baby with wings, you don't need to cough up lots of cash to make Valentine's Day great.
For me, there is one way to ensure that Valentine's Day (or any other day) feels special — and that's to make it different. It's not about stuff; it's about doing something memorable to celebrate love (or celebrate like...or celebrate being single, which is what I'll be doing this year).
With that in mind, here are some Wise Bread selections to help make your Valentine's Day delicious, memorable, and fun. (See also: Weird Things You Didn't Know About Valentine's Day)
Food is a wonderful (and oh-so-tasty) way to show how much you care — plus restaurants are overrun with couples on Valentine's Day. Save your special meal out for another night, and instead, stay in and serve one of these great dishes.
From traditional romantic desserts like molten lava cakes and truffles to more exotic selections like chocolate-covered brie, this article gives you 14 great ways to profess your love through sweets.
Don't worry if you're planning your celebration last-minute — these fast sweets will help you end the meal right.
Dessert might seem like the most important part of a Valentine's Day dinner, but these great recipes make sure you have the rest of the meal covered too.
Puff pastry makes everything seem fancy — and it's oh-so-easy to use. This collection includes sweet and savory eats.
Check out my appearance on American Public Media's "Marketplace Money," featuring an easy and wildly delicious chocolate truffle recipe. (My favorite version is the one with maraschino cherries in the middle.)
Fun, Frugal Ways to Celebrate
Remember what I said about making the day special? Here are some ways to do just that.
The suggestions in this article range from the super-romantic, like recreating your first date, to the utilitarian, like cleaning the bathroom. I'm not being sarcastic here — I like romance, but I'd be super stoked if someone cleaned my bathroom for me.
You don't need to worry about preparing for Valentine's Day last minute — this piece has you covered.
These articles include lots of free ways to make the day special.
Discover why you should steer clear of roses — and learn how to save money by arranging the bouquet yourself.
All of the super-sweet gifts in this article are cheap — or, even better, free.
Nothing says "from the heart" like something that's homemade.
From magazine subscriptions to cooking classes, these gifts keep giving throughout the year.
If your Valentine is frugal, there's a good chance that a useful gift is the right way to go.
How are you celebrating Valentine's Day? Share in the comments!