Happy [frugal] Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day readers!  I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling pretty so-so about this holiday.  That feeling starts out when you’re a single, annoyed by the constant reminder of your singleness, then evolves into a pressure filled day when you are in a relationship.  It’s a mess of a holiday!  That being said, I’ll take any excuse to eat more chocolate….

While the premise of Valentine’s Day – showing love and appreciate for those you care for – is great, it has become really commercialized.  But it doesn’t need to be like that!

Traditions to skip

The exchanging of gifts is a common Valentine’s Day tradition.  We have created a societal expectation that if you are in a relationship, you need to be dropping some serious cash on valentines day gifts for your significant other.  If you don’t , you clearly don’t love them.  Retailers are capitalizing on this, by putting out clever and romantic advertisements designed to get you to buy their products.  Scrap this tradition.  Who needs more stuff?  Not me, that is for sure.

Another common Valentine’s Day tradition in going out for a romantic meal.   Here’s the problem with that – restaurants are busy on holidays like this, and as always, are expensive.  My advice: ditch the overpriced, overcrowded meal out.  Stay in.

So what do we do?

Picture compliments of the Papa Murphy’s website

So how do we celebrate Valentine’s Day?   With nothing other than a heart shaped pizza from  Papa Murphy’s.  It’s delicious, it’s easy, and it’s in keeping with the theme of the holiday.  Plus, at $7 a pizza, it doesn’t break the bank.  Since you only have to throw it in the oven, pizza doesn’t require one of you to slave away in the kitchen or spend copious amounts of time cleaning up.  You can throw the pizza in the oven, then get back to spending time with your loved one.  Bonus points:  pizza can be enjoyed by all, single or partnered up.  

What Valentine’s Day traditions do you have?  

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