February 13, 2017

Tips for Planning Valentine’s Day on a Budget

Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it. As stores fill with candy, stuffed animals and flowers, many people feel the pressure to spend significant amounts of money in order to impress their significant other. For high school students who may be in their first relationship, the pressure can be even stronger.
Why not use the approaching holiday as an opportunity to teach your students about financial literacy? The following tips will help you demonstrate why a little thoughtful planning can go a long way when it comes to making Valentine’s gesture with a limited budget.
Sweet and Savvy
Dinner, chocolate hearts, and other cute confections are established staples of this romantic holiday. But they’re also more expensive (by usually about 10%) in February than any other time of year.
Teach your students about price markups and work together to brainstorm some creative ways to work around the “romance” upcharge they’ll encounter in retail stores and restaurants. Baking heart-shaped cookies or making your own chocolate covered strawberries is just as sweet and thoughtful as a store bought gift – and probably a lot easier on the wallet.
Get Personal
Who says Valentine’s Day has to be a cliché? Remind students that the whole point is spending time with the person they care about – and there are lots of options for doing that inexpensively.

Here’s an easy exercise for planning a thoughtful Valentine’s Day activity that won’t break the bank. Have students make a list of five things they know their friend likes. This can include anything from favorite movies and books to bands or other hobbies they might have. Then pick one item from the list and figure out how to plan an activity or gift around that idea for $20 or less.

It’s a fun challenge that encourages them to get personal and creative with their plans.

Team Up

Valentine’s Day can seem intimidating, so why not lighten the mood and make things more casual by planning a fun double date or group outing?

This is a good opportunity to show students how to navigate splitting a bill at a restaurant, accounting for gratuity, and leaving an appropriate tip, so they aren’t fumbling when the check comes at the end of the night.

What other tips do you have for teaching students about Valentine’s Day on a budget? Share them below.

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