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Budget-Friendly DIY Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s Day, don’t spend money on cliche roses and boxes of chocolates. For a fraction of the price you can make your own gifts, foods and fun decor. Here are a few ideas for a Budget-Friendly DIY Valentine’s Day.
Gift Ideas
Love Coupons: You can find love coupons at the store for $12 or more. But you can make your own for a few bucks by using scrapbook paper, embellishments, stamps and markers. Take a hint from Ed Young and make a coupon to spend Valentine’s Day in bed. His book “Sexperiment: 7 Days to Lasting Intimacy with Your Spouse” details a challenge of spending a week in bed together and encourages more sex. Pastor Young said in an interview with Stephen Colbert that sex is the “Super Glue of marriage.”
Valentine-Gram: This simple and cheap Valentine’s Day gift idea turns an ordinary brown bag into a fun valentine-gram.
Directions: Take a brown paper bag and stamp or write any sentiment you wish. I prefer “Be Mine” with hearts. Once you’ve done that, fill the bag with candies, treats, lip balm or anything else you wish to put in the bag. Fold the bag so it closes and use a small hole punch to punch two holes on the middle of the fold. Use bakers twine or red ribbon to tie the bag shut.
Love Card Deck: There are a million reasons why you love your significant other, but you can express to them 52 reasons by using a deck of cards. This fun romantic gift will be a card scrapbook of sorts, and once he plays cards with his buddies he can read your reasons of love at the same time. This project is free if you already have a deck of cards!
Directions: Write 52 things you love about your man think about trips, special events, pets, favorite gifts. Use a fine tip Sharpie pen and write one reason one one card. Repeat this process until you have written on every card. For an extra personal touch print out a few small photos of you guys and tape them to the box.
Sweet Treats
Valentine S’more Bites: These little bite-size S’mores will transform the traditional campfire classic into a little piece of Valentine’s heaven. These delicious treats will have you wondering why you never made them this way before.
Recipe Courtesy of

  •     1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  •     1/2 cup melted butter
  •     Dipping chocolate
  •     Heart shaped marshmallows
  •     Heart shaped cookie cutter
  •     Sprinkles

Mix melted butter and graham cracker crumbs together. Spread them evenly onto a foil lined 9″X13″ pan, press down firmly and place into the freezer for an hour. Use a mini heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut out graham cracker hearts. Next, dip the very bottom of the marshmallows into melted dipping chocolate and place them on top of the cut-out graham cracker crusts. Once cool dip the whole thing back into the dipping chocolate, place on wax paper and top with sprinkles.
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