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Valentine’s Day Cheapskate Contest

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It’s almost that time. With all that pink and red displayed in every store and jewelry commercials on heavy rotation on every channel, anyone with a significant other can feel their wallets cringing in fear at the approach of Valentine’s Day. So what is it this year? Chocolates? Flowers? A teddy bear with a heart?

This time of year many of us struggle to set some time and money aside to buy a meaningful gift for our significant other — and sometimes, we just don’t. Tell us about a cheapskate moment that you have had for Valentine’s Day that actually worked out for you — a cheap gift your significant other actually liked and thought was meaningful.

The person who submits the best cheapskate Valentine’s Day gift story will win a $150 gift card to Edible Arrangements.

Make sure to include #vdaycheapskate with a social media post, and tweet at or tag @bargainr.

Our panel of judges will decide who had the best cheapskate story.

Here are the official rules.

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8 Responses to “Valentine’s Day Cheapskate Contest”

  1. Wilma says:

    My favorite cheapskate idea is to wait till after the holiday. All holiday candy and decorations are marked way down. Marked down candy always tastes sweeter.

  2. CTMike says:

    We have a tradition were we resend the same cards back and forth every year!! Makes card selection a real no brainer!!!!

  3. Wanda says:

    Making dinner together at home with food purchased using coupons and sales, and candy (not necessarily heart shaped) bought in January during after Christmas sale.

  4. Ann says:

    I can’t claim this, but my brother and sister in law go to a store together to a card aisle, hand each other the card they would have bought, and when they are done reading, leave the store (without the cards). I get such a laugh out of that!

  5. Marie @ 4HWD says:

    Until now I prefer to make a Valentine’s card for my loved ones. I love making cards for them with TLC! 😉

  6. jestjack says:

    Our tradition started by accident. Some time ago I had forgotten to get DW a Valentine Day’s card and the day was upon me. I dug around and found the Valentine’s Day card from the previous year (1995). In the spirit of “full disclosure” I signed the card again and put “96”. To be clear I am married to a saint and she got a big kick out of the “second hand card”. So this will be the 19th year DW will recieve this “special card”…..with a new signature and year…

  7. Ryan says:

    This year my plan is to surprise my wife at work with a drop in karaoke to the Bruno Mars song – Just the Way You Are. I need to mention that I can’t sing to save my life and all her coworkers are going to be there so I will be making a bit of a fool of myself but she’s worth it. I found a youtube video I can play on my phone linked to my bluetooth speaker. Then I want to take her to our favorite Thai place for their cheap lunch buffet. Tonight I will cook a simple crock pot meal for the family and we can all sing karaoke and laugh together. Can’t wait to see her reaction. Total cost is around $20 and will last from lunch time until bed time.

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