By nbkc bank
Valentine’s Day is all about love.
Whether you spend it with your significant other, friends and family, gal pals, furbabies, or even just yourself (what’s up self care?) — there’s a heck of a lot to celebrate.
But for plenty of people, an impending Valentine’s Day is just plain stressful. It’s easy to feel pressure to make it special. Plus it turns out celebrating love can get real expensive real quick.
Plenty of studies have shown the negative effects stress has on the mind and the body. And with finances named as one of the top stressors among Americans, money problems can contribute to a whole host of mental and physical problems, too. Yikes.
Don’t let one day out of the year put you over the edge. Re-thinking what makes Valentine’s Day special is a great way to save some stress on your mind, your body, and your wallet.
This one seems pretty easy — but it’s also pretty easy to neglect good old fashioned quality time with the people you care about most.
Cooking together can be a fun and intimate way to spend time together — and it’s a lot cheaper than going out for a prix fixe Valentine’s dinner. Even if you’re not doing the couples thing this year, you can even cook with a group of friends. Here’s how to do it.
You don’t have to open a second credit card just to show someone you care. Here are some gift ideas that cost very little but mean a whole lot.
We’ll admit it. Sometimes having a totally cliche Valentine’s Day is super fun. Roses. Chocolates. Champagne. Sign us up.
With a little planning, you can still check all the classic Valentine’s Day boxes without paying an arm and a leg.
Sometimes bucking the trends and doing your own thing is way more fun and more meaningful. Plus you can avoid all the extra costs associated with the classic V-Day fanfare. Win-win.
Valentine’s Day is a time to honor love of all kinds. And you definitely don’t have to spend a lot to do it. In fact, choosing not to spend a lot can make this holiday even more special than going all out.
Wanna make it even better? Show future-you some love by taking what you saved this holiday and putting it toward something long-term — like your emergency fund.
Need help setting one up? Check out our top tips for getting started.