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Frugal but Meaningful Valentine's Ideas

sark1 19 February 1, 2013 at 05:39 PM More Groupon Deals
With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, we have brainstormed ideas for savvy shoppers to sweep their special someone off their feet without breaking the bank. Here are some frugal but meaningful tips to impress your valentine this year.


Sending flowers is the quintessential display of your amor. Unfortunately, Valentine’s is the busiest season for florists so finding a good deal can be a challenge. Here are some ways to stretch your dollar:
  • Planning a surprise flower delivery to the office? Don’t be caught at the last minute with exorbitant same-day delivery fees! Consider pre-ordering your flowers now especially if you find a good deal like a free $15 gift card to FTD from eGifter.
  • Even if you plan early, Valentine’s Day delivery charges will often kill a deal. Get around holiday delivery fees by surprising your loved ones with flower delivery the day before. Better yet, buy flowers from a local florist or even the grocery store and deliver them yourself!
  • While roses are the classic gesture for Valentines, they can get quite pricey during the season of love. Less cliché but not less romantic options include tulips, which are running for 30 tulips for $30 at 1-800-FLOWERS until Sunday, February 3 (w/ $13+ shipping).
  • A bouquet is nice but will probably be in the trash before the end of the week. To save some cash, consider potted flowers from Home Depot or Lowes which are less pricey and may be around for next Valentine’s if they’re properly taken care of.


When it comes to gift giving, personal and thoughtful presents are often more romantic and easier on the wallet. Try some forgotten traditions like writing a passionate love letter, mixing a love song playlist, or creating a photo collage. If you do have some room in your budget, here are some V-Day deals we found online:
  • If you’re in a relationship with a gadget-loving techie, search for a sale at MacMall instead of paying full price at other merchants. An 11” MacBook Air for instance, is only $915 at MacMall with code MWBCJSDSD compared to $999 at an Apple store. Note this shipping schedule [] from MacMall
  • Fragrances are classic gifts to give and are cheaper online. StocknGo [] is offering 15% off with code SLICKFRAGS to get brands like Paris Hilton, Pierre Cardin and Kenneth Cole for as low as $18! Perfumania [] is also offering 20% off until 2/6 with coupon code SLICK20 and free shipping. Their best sellers includes Burberry Brit and Acqua Di Gio starting at $33 after coupon. Note that Valentine’s Day orders must be placed before 2/12 noon.
  • If your valentine has a penchant for jewelry, Kohl’s features the Value Vault [] with 70% off and free shipping with orders $75+. To get jewelry from other retailers at a deep discount, find discounted gift cards first from sites like [], then use the gift card for your purchase.
  • If you’re undecided on what to get, Tommy Hilfiger has Valentine’s Day gift ideas for him [] and her []. And if you run across the perfect gift, save 15% off sitewide or 20% off orders $150+ with coupon code THFEBSLICK (valid 2/1-2/28).

Date Ideas:

Planning for an unforgettable date doesn’t necessarily mean spending full price. After all, while most would appreciate a destination date with an expensive vista, the most memorable view on Valentine’s are into each others’ eyes. So check out these tips to save on your big date:
  • Regularly check out Groupon, LivingSocial, TravelZoo, and for deals on your favorite romantic activities - perhaps a short getaway with TravelZoo [], dinner using a Groupon [], a show through GoldStar [] and a relaxing morning with a massage from LivingSocial []. You’ll find that a Valentine’s Day getaway is more affordable than you think!
  • Consider doing more expensive activities on the 13th when it’s less crowded and more intimate. Then ask your couple friends on a group date on the 14th and take advantage of savings with group discounts.
  • Start a meaningful Valentine’s tradition like cooking a meal together. Heart shaped pizza anyone?

So these are our thoughts on how to celebrate a frugal but meaningful Valentine’s. But we turn to the Slickdeals community: what are your ideas on thrifty romance this year?

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This is an awesome post. I don't ever make a single purchase before first consulting SD. That FTD coupon wih free ShopRunner shipping is going to make a killer VDay deal! (That is, on top of the surprise trip I planned which involves $10 of airfare and no hotel costs, thanks to Rapid Rewards, a companion pass, and hhonors points.)
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helium balloons, ribbon (curling ribbon) tails, and a thoughtful memory for each year for the years you have been married on nice paper rolled up and tied with the ribbon at the bottom.
Inexpensive and thoughtful.
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