With less than a week 'til V-day, I've already been asked many times what The Boyfriend and I will be doing to celebrate. This was also mentioned by the man himself, who went “OH CRAP, it's Valentine's Day soon... What shall we do?!” Whilst it's fun to make him sweat a little, I really don't want to do anything on the 14th!
Frugal Dad recently wrote a post about the money spent on Valentine's day in the US, which was an astonishing $15.7 billion annually! He did also point out that giving gifts to those you love isn't necessarily a bad thing, and can even have health benefits! I just don't like the idea of people frantically running round the shops to buy more Stuff.
There have been a few craft-based Valentine's posts recently too, including Heavenly Handmades' gorgeous muslin heart wreath and Debt Free By Thirty's valentine faux bois. (DEFINITELY didn't have to Google the phrase “faux bois” either... “Faux Bois (from the French for false wood) refers to the artistic imitation of wood or wood grains in various media”...).
Whilst these are very pretty, I don't really want to decorate for Valentine's day. I don't want to go out for dinner either, because it's a) expensive and b) too crowded! Hopefully we'll just dig out a seldom-watched DVD and a bottle of wine left over from Christmas.
What are your plans, if any? Are you staying frugal or pulling out all the stops?