It is a good idea to treat yourself to something that will replenish your spirit each day. Even if it's just sitting down and watching the sunset. We all need time to recover and plan and just enjoy our space.
With the loudly celebrated Valentine's Day coming up, here are 7 Frugal Ways to Treat Yourself on Valentine's Day!
Skip the Jane Austen movie-marathon in favor of something a little outside your comfort zone. PeruseGroupon and LivingSocial for daily deals on activities you've been dying to try. Whether it's a Thai cooking class or glass-blowing workshop, challenging yourself at a new skill will be far more productive than watching Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy duke it out yet again.
One of the biggest trends to hit the United States since fondue, "paint 'n sip" represents a fun and relatively inexpensive way to spend an evening. Get your fellow singletons together for a little canvas time, with a dash of liquid courage to help you make the first brush stroke. These events are designed to be relaxed and unintimidating, so don't worry if you artistic masterpiece is more Pollock than Picasso.
If you find yourself wallowing in self-pity come Feb. 14, consider brightening someone else's day to improve your mood. Soup kitchens, nursery homes and other establishments welcome volunteers to assist in everyday operations or simply visit with patrons. You'll likely find the experience much more rewarding than an overpriced dinner-for-two. Check out VolunteerMatch.org for current opportunities in your community.
A little retail therapy can go a long way, but that doesn't mean your credit card balance has to suffer. In addition to coupons and clearance racks, you can buy online gift cards at a discount through GiftCardGranny.com to save some cash. E-cards are delivered within 24 hours and can save you up to 10 percent for both online and in-store purchases to places like DSW, Express and Anthropologie.
Schedule a mani-pedi. Drop by your local studio for some candlelight yoga. Curl up with your favorite bestseller and a glass of red wine. As cheesy as it may sound, the most important relationship in your life is the one you have with yourself. So go ahead: blast Beyoncé and celebrate all the reasons you love being you.
As you listen to your hitched buds swoon about their romantic Valentine's Day plans, keep in mind their significant others are likely cursing the corporations responsible for this made-up holiday. My husband's disgust for the event is so strong he refuses to acknowledge it by name; instead, I wake up to "Happy Hallmark Holiday!" along with an ironically non-Hallmark card. Ultimately, it's best not to dwell on other people's plans and focus on making yours unforgettable.
Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure