A few days ago I mentioned I had taken out a lot of cash to better budget for food and petrol.
It seems to be working well. I have exceeded what I should have spent, but the good news is that it is by a lot less that I have done in previous months.
A celebration is in order. And tomorrow is um, now what was it Easter? Christmas?
It is Valentine’s Day!
I am not a big believer in Valentine’s Day, it is all a hype and nothing in my mind says “I love you” more than The Chap checking my tyre pressure before I go on a long trip in the car.
So I am not expecting bouquets of roses or expensive gifts. Indeed I have not bought anything for him save a card.
Saying that, TC and I have been so busy recently with me away for the weekend and him still working on our updated kitchen that we have decided to go out for dinner this evening.
I have said before that TC is not thrifty like I am. He earns a lot more than I. He never has any debt and believes credit cards are paid off at the end of every month.
So having a meal out for him is not the big deal financially it is for me.
However, he is learning as he did ask “Ok, so where do you have a voucher for?” Bless Him! I normally only suggest dinner out when I have seen a particularly good deal.
I had actually got a list of places I could get money off if we did not go on Valentine’s night. ASK, Frankie and Bennys, Café Rouge etc.
I could also have gone out and bought the Valentine’s Day Meal Deals on offer at M&S, Tesco, Waitrose etc. The Tesco offer I could have bought with loyalty vouchers alone.
But, this is a meal for TC and I to enjoy together, a little bit of luxury. I find that if we have a meal out, then we really talk without the distractions of telephones, tv and “to do” lists.
That is far more important that saving a few bucks. So, I asked him where he wanted to go.
TC is not good with this type of question, and I just had a list back, not Frankie and Bennys, not Indian and not a steak house.
So I booked us into our local Brasserie that does a 2 course meal for £10.90 each and not a microwaved lasagna or chicken nugget in sight.
I am really looking forward to it.
Life is not so tough that I cannot afford to eat out with The Chap once every few weeks. And life is so precious that I want to.
I love him so much, I want to spend time with him, even after he infuriates me, and I try to boss / nag him.
So tomorrow, buy a card if want to for your loved one, or grab some flowers or even invest in a valentine’s day meal, but really time is the most precious thing you can give.
Oh God I sound like a Greetings Card!
Do you have any thrifty tips for Valentine’s Day?