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Valentine’s Day is just days away. A day set aside to tell that special someone how you feel about them. Whether it be your husband, girlfriend, partner or a secret crush, this is the perfect day to show them all that extra love you have for them. Some say that Valentine’s Day has become a commercially manufactured holiday that not only causes you stress, but could cost you some serious money if you are not careful.

These are some tips to help you love up on your sweetheart without breaking the budget:

Flowers: If you decide to give flowers, opt for a mixed bunch of flowers. They are less expensive than roses and usually last longer, so buy a larger bouquet. Putting them in a vase you already own will save you money as well.

Candy: Check flyers for the best deal on candy, as most stores right now are running sales and specials. Wait until Friday and you will save at least 50 percent off the same candy. I would be super happy if my husband did that.

Dinner for two: Cook a delicious homemade meal for your loved one. In the busy life we lead, with sports, take-out and busy schedules, a nice homemade dinner would be greatly appreciated. And if you have children, put the dinner in the crock pot so you can enjoy a nice dinner for two after the little ones have gone to bed.

Head out for the day: Go on a hike, take a ride, take a walk or window shop. There are so many things you can do that cost little to no money. But the quality time spent together is what is important.

When I think of Valentine’s Day, I think of these key things. Give what you normally get. Make something easier for the one you love. And never underestimate the element of surprise. When you think about it, these things should be practiced every day, not just Feb. 14.

In my class at The Post-Star, I go into detail about using coupons, saving money, finding monthly deals and how it will benefit your family. We are in the process of planning the class’s upcoming dates. Feel free to call 518-742-3309 or go to poststar.com/coupon class for more information.

Head over to my blog at Making Cent$ About Extreme Couponing to find some great deals around the region this week. These will point you in the right direction to saving more money. Post your questions, comments and deals in the comments section. Let’s start saving money together.

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Kimberly Butler is a mom, wife and child care provider located in Queensbury and writes a weekly column for The Post-Star. Write to her at kimberlybutlerthepoststar@gmail.com or visit her Making Cent$ About Extreme Couponing Blog at poststar.com/blogs/making_cents.

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