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    Valentine's Day on a rice and beans budget...

    Sun Feb 08, 2009 9:15 pm
    Forum Host
    Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and you may be on a rice-and-beans budget. So how do you celebrate this day of love without forking over a wad of your hard-earned cash? Check out some memorable, fun and inexpensive ideas.

    Take A Hike
    Get those hearts pumping by doing some physical activity. Hit the trails at a nearby park. Bring along water bottles, snacks and a camera to make your hike more enjoyable. Remember to stop and document your Valentine’s hike by taking pictures.

    Breakfast In Bed
    Surprise your sweetie with a scrumptious breakfast in bed. Most breakfasts can be made with basic ingredients found in your home. Do a little research the day before to find a recipe that your loved one will enjoy.

    Community Concerts
    Instead of paying a steep price for a professional concert, save some cash by going to a locally sponsored show. Many towns have community bands that do concerts throughout the year. Check out local theaters, schools and civic groups for a free concert.

    Take A Class
    The library offers various free classes. Check out the schedule, and sign up for one that sounds interesting. Consider one that neither of you would normally attend—you might just find a new hobby!

    Write A Love Letter
    Put your love into words. If you find that writing a letter is too daunting, create a list of things you love about your sweetheart. Or, make a timeline of your relationship, noting all the special, significant things that have happened to the two of you.

    Please feel free to offer your own suggestions! icon_smile.gif

    Chocolate Nut Bars

    Sun Feb 08, 2009 10:35 pm Groupie
    Here is another suggestion.

    If you think you need Valentine's day cards either send e-cards or go to the store with your SO find one you like for your SO, read the card there. Costs nothing and the sentiment is there.
    Ransomed by Fire
    Sun Feb 08, 2009 11:25 pm Groupie
    Last year, we stayed home, I made dinner, and we watched "The Princess Bride". I made parmesan cracker-breaded oven-fried chicken... and I can't remember what sides. I don't remember if or what I made for dessert. I also put pineapple chunks and maraschino (sp?) cherries on toothpicks and arranged them in a heart shape so that the pineapple held the sticks up and the cherries gave me the red color for the heart. We dipped them in strawberry yogurt. I thought it was really good. And, honestly, I absolutely would not mind doing it all over again (perhaps with a different main dish) this time.
    Sun Feb 08, 2009 11:39 pm Groupie
    I will be cooking at home because I refuse to wait 30-45 minutes because everyone wants to eat out that day. So I think I will have $1 lb pork chops, my .15 cents a pound sweet potatoes (they are cooked and in the freezer) so will probably doctor them up. And a 29 cent can of a vegetable to be named later. I doubt I will do dessert, might make a fruit salad since we have grapefruit and oranges we bought for .40 cents a lb/grapefruit and 50 cents a lb/oranges.

    That yall will be a cheap dinner.
    Ransomed by Fire
    Sun Feb 08, 2009 11:45 pm Groupie
    If you ask me, the idea of staying home - or somewhere where it's just you and your SO - seems more romantic than paying a bunch of money to go eat massed produced food in a room full of strangers anyway.
    Sun Feb 08, 2009 11:51 pm Groupie
    Sounds quieter too. Now where did we put the candlesticks or some stand alone candles?
    Ransomed by Fire
    Mon Feb 09, 2009 9:18 am Groupie
    I misspelled mass, but I'm sure you guys get it, lol.
    Mon Feb 09, 2009 10:51 am Groupie
    I didn't even notice the mispelling. I was too busy liking your idea. Though you did make me giggle with a room full of strangers. Being our luck, we would run into everyone my hubby knows if we went out that day.
    out of here
    Mon Feb 09, 2009 10:58 am Groupie
    Eclairs-for my sweeties!
    Mon Feb 09, 2009 12:28 pm Groupie
    I thought this sounded good for Valentine's Day -- could probably make a cheaper meal -- but still less than a restaurant meal:

    Roasted Cornish Game Hens or Andreas Viestad's Honey-And-Mustard-Marinated Salmon With Rosema
    salad (hadn't figured it out yet)
    Roasted Asparagus and Fried Capers or some other veggie
    rice (or maybe not)
    White Chocolate Creme Brulee (still figuring it out - but thought it sounded good)
    Sat Feb 14, 2009 2:45 pm
    Forum Host
    Sat Feb 14, 2009 2:48 pm Groupie
    My rice and beans budget just turned into a rice or beans budget.
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