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    Default Frugal Ways to Show your Love

    Frugal Ways To Show Your Love


    PILL BOTTLE: This is a cute idea for your spouse or other adult. Take
    an empty pain reliever or prescription bottle and soak it in hot
    water to remove the label. After you remove the label, design your
    own label on paper, with something like the following: "Love Pills" -
    take one as needed. Then take strips of paper and write down the
    things you are willing to do for your loved one. Some ideas are: foot
    massage, back massage, your favorite pie, your favorite cookies, you
    choose the movie we see, etc... Take each strip and wad it into a
    little ball and place them in the bottle.

    LOVE SONGS: This next idea I did before we had internet access, so
    today it would be even easier to do this. Frame the lyrics to your
    wedding song or other love song. The internet has several sites that
    list song lyrics, so just type "song lyrics" into a search engine.
    Print up the lyrics in a nice font, and frame.

    CANDLELIGHT DINNER: When you are not able to go out to an expensive
    restaurant for dinner, have it at home. Wait to eat until after the
    children are in bed, set your dining room table nicely with a
    tablecloth, candles and play soft music. Enjoy a nice
    dinner...preferably one that you don't usually have, and one that you
    and your spouse consider to be special.

    SWAP CHILD CARE: If you do want prefer to go out for your special
    day, but find yourself having a hard time paying for dinner *and*
    childcare, ask a friend to swap child care with you.

    CREATE A LOVE TREE: Find a branch outside that has several smaller
    branches coming off of it and place the branch standing up in a pot
    of soil, or even a coffee can filled with dirt would work. Cut out an
    assortment of hearts from different colored cardstock or construction
    paper and string each one with ribbon. Then have each member of your
    family write the things that they love on the hearts (one "love" per
    heart) and hang them on the tree. You can name just about anything
    you love: a beloved pet, grandma, sunsets, or even ice cream! If you
    want to create this tree as a gift for someone, write things on the
    hearts that you love about that person or couple.

    RUN THROUGH A MAZE: If you have a gift for someone in your home, make
    them go through a maze of clues to get to their surprise. At the
    first "stop" (which should be a place in your home that this person
    is likely to go to), you should have a little poem of sorts which
    will tell them to go to the next spot in your home, and so on. At
    each point in your home have something telling your loved one where
    to go next until the end which of course will end up being their
    gift. I had a friend who did this for her husbands birthday. She
    placed his first note on the toilet since that was the first place he
    went to when he got home from work, and each note she cleverly told
    him where to go next in his home. After going from room to room, he
    came to the end which was a CD that he had wanted.

    HEART SHAPED CAKE: If you don't have a heart shaped cake pans, don't
    despair. Create your own heart-shaped cake by baking one layer in an
    8-in round pan, and one layer in an 8-in square pan. Cut the circle
    in half and place the cut side of the halves against two adjoining
    side of the square to form a heart. Frost and decorate at desired.

    HEART SHAPED COOKIE POPS: Bake up some heart shaped sugar cookies,
    but insert a popsicle stick near the point of the stick and bake as
    usual. Decorate.

    FLOWERPOTS: Take flat bottomed ice cream cups and place them on a
    cookie sheet or in a muffin tin (you can wrap bottoms of cones with
    crumbled up foil to make them more sturdy). Fill cones with 1/3 cup
    brownie batter and bake 35-40 minutes or until tops are puffed up and
    cracked. After brownie cones are cooled insert a fake rose in the
    center. You can also create a flower out of construction paper and
    secured it on a popsicle stick, and then insert this into the center
    of the puffed up brownie.

    HEART SHAPED CUPCAKES: Prepare you favorite cake mix according to the
    directions on the box. Line your muffin pans with paper baking cups
    and fill each cup 1/2 full of batter. Place a marble in each muffin
    cup....between the paper liner and the pan, which will create the
    heart shape. Add additional batter as needed so that cups are about
    2/3 full. Bake as directed.

    GIFT COUPONS: We have all heard of the idea of creating coupons which
    give of ourselves, but have you ever given your kids some? Why not
    create a coupon book for your child that has coupons such as: your
    choice of dessert, kids video rental, lunch out with mom (or dad),
    etc.

    PLANT A TREE: Give a gift that will grow! Without your loved one
    knowing, plant a tree in your yard. You may also want to make a small
    yard sign that will sit near the tree and that says who the tree was
    planted for, and the date.

    PROGRESSIVE DINNER: Call up two other couples and arrange a
    progressive dinner. Everyone will go to the first couple's home and
    enjoy some appetizers, at the next home you will go for the dinner,
    and at the last home, you will enjoy dessert. After your progressive
    dinner, you may want to go out together to a movie or some dancing.

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