14 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day Without Spending a Dime

Valentine's Day
According to the National Retail Federation, Americans will spend $17.6 billion on Valentine’s Day gifts this month. Not to mention the amount of money spent by the more than 70 million who will dine out for the holiday. But, saying I love you doesn’t actually have to cost a thing.

Valentine’s Day isn’t really that big of a deal to the hubby and me, but it’s as good a time as any to show him how much I love him. We just don’t spend a lot of money doing it. Sometimes, it’s the little things that speak the loudest anyway.

Here are 14 fun ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day, without spending money:

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  • Write on the bathroom mirror 1 of 14
    Write on the bathroom mirror
    It's like the old lipstick on the mirror trick — only you don't have to clean it off later! The hubby and I love to leave hearts and simple I ♥ Us on the foggy mirror. Of course, if I run the fan, I often don't see it for days, but it makes me smile every time.
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  • Cook dinner at home 2 of 14
    Cook dinner at home
    Stay home for Valentine's Day this year, and cook dinner together. Put on a sexy, little apron and enjoy one another while you prepare a romantic dinner for two.
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  • Dress for him 3 of 14
    Dress for him
    These glasses? Are my least favorite. But the hubby likes them. A lot. And, since I only have to look through them, not at them, I'm more than happy to give him a little something fun to see. When dressing for Valentine's Day, date night or any other night, think about which of your outfits he has complimented before. And, dress accordingly.
  • Flirt with your spouse 4 of 14
    Flirt with your spouse
    Flirting seems to be a natural instinct during the dating years, but after 15 years and 3 kids, it fades away a bit. Rekindle some of that spark with a simple hand on his arm, a coy smile across the room, a whisper in his ear. It's a fun way to bring a little romance back into your relationship.
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  • Heart-shaped Anything 5 of 14
    Heart-shaped Anything
    Last year, our family dinner for Valentine's Day was a heart-shaped pizza. This year, I think I'll make a batch of heart-shaped pancakes to serve for breakfast. Yeah, it's totally cheesy. But, that's sort of the point.
    Find more heart-shaped recipes on Babble.com
  • I love you because… 6 of 14
    I love you because...
    I should tell the hubby more often how much I love him — and why. It's always good to hear, and I just love this idea of using a deck of cards.
    Read more at Belvedere Photography
  • Post-bedtime Date 7 of 14
    Post-bedtime Date
    When we don't have a sitter, we date at home after bedtime. We may order a pizza and lock ourselves in the bedroom. We've played board games (minus Candyland — yay!). And, in warmer weather, we enjoy an evening outdoors while the girls sleep just inside the door. It doesn't so much matter that we're at home, as long as we set aside our nightly routine in favor of spending time together.
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  • Lunchbox notes 8 of 14
    Lunchbox notes
    Lunchbox love notes aren't just for children! The hubby takes his lunch to work every day. I make sure to buy some of his favorites, and while I've never tucked a note in the bag, maybe I should.
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  • Create a playlist 9 of 14
    Create a playlist
    I'm not sure who decided we had to leave mixed tapes in the 80s. I'm a big fan of music, artfully selected to let the lyrics speak for you. Now, you can burn a CD or create an mp3 playlist to sing your heart out.
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  • Leave love notes 10 of 14
    Leave love notes
    Post-it notes are a fun, flirty way to share your love. Leave them on the steering wheel, the laptop, the bedside table — or anywhere else he'll see it throughout the day. eHow even recommends leaving a note suggesting a romantic rendezvous.
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  • Send random texts 11 of 14
    Send random texts
    Our random love notes come in digital form. Nothing makes me smile more than an unexpected text message from the hubby in the middle of a mundane day.
  • Share romantic memories 12 of 14
    Share romantic memories
    For his birthday awhile back, I created an ABC scrapbook of our years together. I also love this memory jar filled with movie tickets. Or, just take a trip down memory lane with over dinner or by dancing to your first song.
  • Swap babysitting with a friend 13 of 14
    Swap babysitting with a friend
    If you have friends with kids, offer to take them one night so you can go out the next. Even if you don't, think of those who may enjoy an evening with your kids. When my friend Casey asks me to watch her adorable baby, I end up thanking her for letting me spend time with a baby again. Never be afraid to ask!
  • Write a letter 14 of 14
    Write a letter
    Several years ago, the leader of my moms group asked the husbands to write a letter to his wife for Mother's Day. I still tear up every time I read the words he wrote an entire life time ago. Spend some time writing a love letter to your spouse, and for added fun, tuck it up just like you did in junior high.
    Letter folding tutorial at Hey Jen Renee

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