Love On A Budget! 15 Cheap Ways To Romance Your Husband

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Is it possible to show your love on a tight budget? Yes, it is. I’ll tell you how!

Since Valentine’s day is just around the corner, most folks are gearing up for a spending frenzy.  If money is tight for you, don’t despair.  There are lots of low-cost and cheap ways to romance your husband and show you love on a budget.  And not just on Valentine’s day, but every day of the year.

Try these low-cost tips to show your loved one how much you care:

  1. Plan & prepare for a romantic dinner at home, then  go out for drinks and dessert.  There’s nothing more romantic, then a home-made candle-lit dinner for two.  So you can skip the hassle of  reservations and forego the high cost of a meal on the town. Instead, I guarantee that your special one will enjoy a home-cooked, delicious,  romantic meal at home a LOT more. After dinner, top off the night by going out to a nice bar for dessert. 
  2. Choose an alternative flower instead of roses. Retailers know when to increases prices to maximize sales.  That is why roses cost a small fortune on Valentine’s Day. It’s a matter of supply and demand. So instead of being suckered into buying expensive roses, you can find another flower your significant will love just as much.  You may be surprised to know that many women DON’T like roses.  Ask about her favorite flower.  Chances are it’s a much more cost-effective flower than a rose. 
  3. Cuddle on the couch with a few romantic movies .  This is where google can be your best friend. It’s easy to find a list of romantic movies.  Just google it.  You don’t even have to get dressed up. The popcorn is less expensive at home, too. You can even talk during the movie.  What could be better than spending one-on-one time with your significant other, cuddled on the couch, enjoying a romantic movie?  Just do this at least once a month , all year long and watch your relationship go from OK to Amazing! 
  4.  Spend a night ( or a weekend) at a local hotel in lieu of a trip. Save on traveling expenses and visit a local hotel for the night. Consider finding one with a tub for two. 
  5.  Organize a picnic.   If you live in a warm area an outdoor picnic would ofcourse be perfect, but in many colder areas, it may be  a little cold for an outdoor picnic in February. Here’s an easy solution: Clear out a space on the living room floor and have your picnic inside. Anything is possible.  Love always wins!! 
  6.  Find free or inexpensive entertainment. You can find quality entertainment on the cheap. Museums, local theater companies, art galleries, and food and wine tastings can all be both entertaining and inexpensive. 
  7. Cut expenses by using a coupon.  Caveat: Don’t do this on a first or second date. BUT, if you’ve been together for a while, that awkwardness no longer exists. Both parties realize the saved money could be spent on something else. 
  8. Select and deliver your own flowers.  There is something about the personal human touch and personal attention that says…”I LOVE YOU”, without saying a word.  Calling the florist and ordering flowers is less personal AND  more expensive than the grocery store or the farmer’s market. So take a few moments to personally select flowers and personally deliver them yourself.  Then enjoy the smile you receive! 
  9. Break with Tradition! Choose a different date.  Everyone celebrates “love” on February 14th, Valentine’s Day, but why not consider celebrating your love on another day, perhaps the following day. Restaurants, flowers, and cards are all significantly less expensive. You can avoid the crowds, too. 
  10. Express your love in a letter. Everyone has a sheet of paper and a pen. Take a few minutes and put your romantic thoughts down on paper. It’s free, and you’ll score big points. 
  11. Give each other a massage. Pick the music and the massage oils. Light a few candles and turn on some music. Let your fingers do the talking. 
  12. Make your own card. There’s no law that states you have to support Hallmark by purchasing a card that costs $4.99. They usually end up in the trash anyway. Make a card this year. It will be remembered forever. 
  13. Plan a breakfast date at a restaurant. It’s the most important meal of the day, and the least expensive. Why not go out for breakfast instead of dinner this year? Lunch is another option. 
  14. Try a home-made gift. If you want a ton a great home-made gifts ideas, click here. Make a scrapbook. Create a CD of his favorite songs. It’s the thought that counts. 
  15. Set a budget and brainstorm. Sit down together and determine how much you’re willing to spend. See how many ideas you can list that stay within the budget constraint.

Love doesn’t require money. Try these 15 low-cost ways to show your loved one how much you care on a regular basis. Keep adding to this list and compile more inexpensive ideas that will thrill your significant other. Financial challenges shouldn’t overshadow the celebration of your love.  All that is required is a little planning and creativity.  Love always wins!

Please Share Your Thoughts 

In the comments below, share with us:

1. What low-cost ideas have you used to show your loved one how much you care?
2. Tell us the most creative and unique thing you have every done to celebrate your love.

 

Is Finding Just The RIGHT Stress Relief Gift For Your Recipient Stressing You Out?

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Today I want to talk to you about one of those things that you would think would make you feel joyful – and yet often it doesn’t and it just gets you stressed! And that’s gifts!

You can get all excited about giving gifts when a holiday or a special occasion crops up and yet then your mind goes to all of the problems that are associated with it – you don’t want to go and have to choose a gift, will they like it?, will they appreciate it?, do they already have one?, you can’t really afford to buy gifts right now…and the list goes on.

So today, I wanted to give you some practical ideas about the ways that you can give stress relief gifts, help relieve the stress of the recipient, save you lots of money and also relieve your own stress in the process!

 Does it sound too good to be true? Well it’s not. And here’s the idea: Homemade Stress Relief Gifts!

There are many reasons why people feel stressed during the holiday seasons and almost all through the year with weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, retirement and other gift-giving obligations. Besides family and money issues, many people feel stressed about buying the right gifts for their friends and family members. There is one possible option, however, that many fail to consider: making gifts.

Here are a few of the reasons why making gifts can reduce your stress levels.
 

Cost-effective

First, homemade gifts are cheaper than gift’s bought at the store. This does not mean, however, that homemade gifts are a poor choice. While gifts may cost little in terms of money, they do take a significant amount of time. Instead of investing money in gifts, you can instead invest time.

Fun and stress-busting!

Further, fun projects help us reduce our stress levels. Many experts suggest finding a fun hobby as a means of relieving stress. If you have artistic skills, take advantage of them during the holiday season. If you do not have special skills in any particular artistic field, use some of your time off of work to learn a new skill. You may find that you enjoy this new skill even after the holiday season ends.

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Greater appreciation

Although many people worry that those who receive homemade gifts will not enjoy them as much as store-bought gifts, the reverse is actually true in most cases. It is easy to buy a gift for someone, but making them a gift shows true dedication. People often care less about the monetary value of their gifts and more about what they mean. Making a gift shows a dedication to the recipient, and these gifts tend to be far more memorable than anything that can be found at a store.

Interactive

Making gifts is also a great way to spend time with your family. Those who have children can use gift-making as a way to spend more time with them and teach them valuable skills. Children love artistic projects, and they will get to watch as the gifts’ recipients open their presents and express gratitude. Further, this can be used to start a tradition of making items for gifts during holiday season and all year long.

Holidays are a time for bonding, and gift-making projects can be a great way to bond with your children. For some, stress is unavoidable during the holidays. While the holidays are meant to be a time of relaxation and fun, family situations may make stress a reality.

By making gifts, however, you may be able to find significant relief from the burdens of the holiday season. Starting an annual tradition of making gifts might be just the thing you need to relax during difficult holiday seasons.

I just know that you’ll have lots of interesting homemade gift ideas racing through your mind after reading these tips so I want to let you know that I’ve written a Kindle book that not only delves into the reasons why homemade stress relief products are the best products for reducing your stress and the stress of the recipient, I’ve also put together some amazing ideas of PERFECT stress-busting gifts AND how to make them!

You’re going to love it so be sure to check it out if you get a chance!

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To your stress relief success!

5 Best Mixers For Home Bakers

Baking is a fun activity that many of us love to do for natural stress relief.

Whether you are making cakes, pies or pastries, baking can be a fun activity to enjoy on your own or with your entire family…kids, hubby, and all!

Some DIY bakers like me, just love the process, while others ( like my mom) loves to share the end product with family and friends.

If you or a friend enjoy baking as a great stress relief activity, then you should take a look at these  5 best mixers for home bakers.

The DIY baker would certainly love the effectiveness of these powerful mixers to make their baking job a lot easier, less strenuous and much more relaxing.

If you, or that DIY home baker in your life, already enjoy baking, then investing in the best mixers for home bakers and the right baking tools & gadgets will make the baking experience even more rewarding!

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Powerful Mixers Are a DIY Baker’s Best Friend

If you love the idea of baking at home, then you need the right gadgets to turn out the best home-made tcakes, pastries, and bread every time. The mixer must have the power to handle any load and the capability of performing many functions such as whip, mix, beat flour and much more. They must also be easy to clean up after. Who wants to be stressed out cleaning up after having fun? Mixers should be easy to clean, practical to maintain and highly durable. The mixers recommended here definitely have these qualities and would make a perfect gift and/or investment for the DIY Baker.

 KitchenAid Komen Foundation Artisan Series 5-Quart Mixer, PinkCheck Price KitchenAid PRO 500 Series 5-Quart MixersCheck Price KitchenAid Professional 6-Quart Stand MixerCheck Price

Best Gifts To Keep DIY Bakers Happy

Baking is such a fun, stress-busting hobby that any DIY baker would appreciate the gift of a powerful mixer to add to the MUST-HAVE kitchen appliances. If you, or the DIY Baker in your life, love to unwind by making some cookies or baking a cake for yourself, your friends, or the family, then a good mixer is the perfect gift. These mixers make the mundane tasks of baking so much easier, and lets you focus more on perfecting the recipe and creating the best and tastiest masterpiece for everyone to enjoy.

Powerful mixers are a great gift idea whether the DIY baker is a novice or a pro. Any DIY baker would appreciate the option ti mix ingredients faster and with less effort, and speeding up the baking process.

 Cuisinart 5-1/2-Quart 12-Speed Stand MixerCheck Price KitchenAid KSM150PSMC Artisan Series 5-Quart Mixer, Metallic ChromeCheck Price

In the comments section below, please tell us:

  1. Would the DIY baker in your life love one of these powerful mixers as a gift? 
  2. If you are a DIY baker, would you appreciate this addition in your kitchen to make your baking even more fun?

6 Creative DIY Gift Ideas For Ladies: Stress-Free, Year-Round Giving

You don’t have to spend tons of money at expensive department stores or ordering online to find the perfect gift for anyone in your life. And, you don’t have to wait for the holiday season and bake cookies or make exotic candies to give a homemade gift.

There are so many DIY gift ideas online and in books that you can choose from that you might be overwhelmed with the sheer amount of projects.

Here are my 6 choices for simple DIY gift ideas for ladies.  Use these diy gift ideas for almost any occasion.  They have minimal costs and will truly please the recipients:

Gifts in a Jar – Mason jars, those with interesting designs, baby food jars and any jar you like can be filled with or made in to a personalized and useful gift. Make Mason jar lights that are especially beautiful in an outdoor, night time setting or partially fill a jar with white sand and then add shells or a photo of an especially memorable visit to the beach.

• Personalized Gifts – You can personalize almost anything to make a unique DIY gift idea. Inexpensive hand or dish towels are perfect to embroider or embellish to make it more beautiful. Fashion a person’s initials out of wood, paint them and center them in an attractive frame.

• Baskets – Personalized basket gifts are always a great DIY gift idea for any occasion. For a housewarming, you could bake a fresh loaf of bread and include it in a basket of other needed household items to help during the moving transition.

• Buckets of Fun – Galvanized buckets are fun and attractive to personalize for anyone on your gift list. You can perk them up with paint or fill them with the theme of an event and bring it all together with cellophane and a big bow.

• Mementos – There is so much you can do with mementos you collect throughout the years. Old t-shirts can be transformed into quilts, photos and odds and ends can be positioned in a frame, pretty leaves from the forest or shells from the beach can add to the décor or line the shells on the edge of a mirror.

• Wine Corks. Collect beautiful wooden wine corks and transform them into something useful for the perfect do-it-yourself gift idea. There are many instructions, both online and in books, for making items from corks such as key chains, trays and trivets, place mats and wreaths are all great items to fashion from corks.

Save money and have the personal satisfaction of knowing that you’ve created a gift from recyclables or items that represent beautiful and memorable moments in your or someone else’s life. The 6 diy gift ideas above are just the tip if the iceberg to get you going. The possibilities are endless. Limited only by your available time and imagination.