Valentine's Day is on the horizon. And for many, it's a time just for couples to celebrate their love. But what if you're flying solo this year or if that's your preference? Valentine's Day doesn't have to be just for those who are paired up. It can be a fun holiday to celebrate love in general, whether it's your love for yourself or your close friends. There are plenty of ways to spend the day, from taking yourself out on a date to settling in for the night with Netflix and a good bottle of wine.
Get out of the house, already!
It’s winter and the weather is dreary, the air is cold, and bundling up is no fun. We get it. But...if you’ve been cooped up most of the season, it’s time to step out into the world. If you’re a single parent, that might sound intimidating, especially if you have to hire a sitter for the evening. Thankfully, you can compare childcare providers and prices online before you bring a stranger into your home. LocalBabySitter.com has a wealth of information and is a great place to start your search. Ask your potential sitters several questions during the interview to gauge how long they’ve been babysitting and how they plan to deal with behavioral issues. Once you line up the right sitter, it’s time to choose that new restaurant you’ve been eyeing.
You’re beautiful, treat yourself that way.
While beauty treatments are often considered a luxury, the truth is taking care of the way you look and feel is part of a healthy self-care routine. And there are ways to cut costs. For example, giving an up-and-coming professional an opportunity to manage your mane like one of our New Talent stylists, can save you $20 off the cost of calling in a master stylist. Let Em Have It Salon’s list of services offers different pricing tiers depending on stylist experience level. Once your hair is on point, swing by the Denver Art Museum to check out the incredible exhibit Dior From Paris.
What can you do with $25?
A box of chocolates can easily set you back $25 or more. But since you aren’t obligated to wine and dine a significant other, you can spend that money on yourself. The Daring to Live Fully blog illustrates more than a dozen things you can do with $25, including opening an investment account, starting an emergency fund, or buying a nice bottle of wine and a lottery ticket. Don’t count out that you can easily pay for two months of Netflix; you’ll have eight weeks of chill time to enjoy as winter rages on. Ranker lists the best movies to watch when you’re stuck inside. Another fun option check out the upcoming BYOBD Party (Bring Your Own Blowdryer Party) at Let Em Have It Salon on Feb 12th from 5-7PM. You can learn how to style your hair like the professionals do, and $25 goes towards products! Check it out here. If you’re looking for a sweet treat check out Torpedo Coffee, they’re making lattes inspired by Girl Scout Cookies this month!
Show the kids some love.
If you can’t squeeze a night out and a babysitter into your budget, consider spending your Valentine's Day with the kids. Decorate the house with homemade construction paper hearts, have a picnic in the living room, and bake a batch of their favorite cookies. You could also spend an afternoon at the Denver Art Museum, volunteer together, or hit up your local library or bookstore for a free story hour.
Meet, mix, and mingle.
When you’d rather up your chances of finding true love, you can always turn to the internet to find ways to meet other singles. The Fun Singles, for example, offers events in more than two dozen major cities from New York to Los Angeles. It’s free to sign up and you can often pay one price to attend multiple mixers.
There’s no reason to think you can’t enjoy Valentine’s Day as a single. There are plenty of ways to celebrate the holiday without busting your budget. With a little planning, and taking the time to focus on yourself, you could have a whole new tradition in the works.
Written by Michelle Peterson