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February 6, 2011

Soft, Squishy, Plush Valentine Love

Filed under: Holiday,Thrifty Finds — Laura R @ 8:18 PM

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching it is tempting to give loved ones tokens of your affection. 

This is the BIG DAY for florists    and chocolate makers  and lingerie companies.   Plus Size Lace Chemise
Places like Vermont Teddy Bears  15" Love Bandit Teddy Bear   and  1-800-Flowers vow to make your sweet someone’s heart sing from your gift.
Not to forget jewelry stores  and restaurants. 

How much do you think is appropriate to spend for this holiday?

The National Retail Federation does a survey each year asking about consumers intentions.  Last years results estimated spending over 13 Billion dollars on Valentine’s Day, or about $103  for the average person. This year’s survey estimates that amount to go up, somewhere around $116 per consumer, or almost 16 Billion dollars worth of Valentines business.

The survey also showed that people intend to spend around $5 on gifts for their pets, up from $3 last year. 

Consider a home cooked meal or even take out to save on expenses.
While flowers are traditional, does your loved one really need roses?
And if you want to splurge on jewelry, consider one of a kind and handmade pieces that show you put some thought into the selection – or something vintage from a flea market or a local jeweler’s estate section.

And for your pet –  maybe the $8 to $15 pet store special that lasts only a few minutes before the stuffing is removed is not your only choice.

actual 49 cent or less purchases


 Many safe toys can be found for under a dollar each at your local charity thrift shop.

For a great post about making a safe and inexpensive stuffingless toy for your pet, visit Laura.

A quick search online can uncover hundreds of healthy recipes for homemade pet treats.

Belly rubs are free!


For a list of many online Valentine’s link parties and gazillions of suggestions for other thrifty ways to share your love, click here.

Linking this post up with:
Flea Market Sunday 
Seasonal Sundays 
The Penny Worthy Project  
Thrift Share Monday 
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday



  1. Wow I love this post. I think we’ll be incorporating a lot of these tips in our holiday celebrations. Thanks for the shout out. ❤ me and the dogs thank you!

    Comment by laura — February 7, 2011 @ 12:28 AM

  2. when we had our small retail store , many moons ago, Valentines day & Mother’s Day where our 2 biggest days of the year. I like the home made idea, and yes, people spend a lot on their pets! some get better quality clothes than I do! LOL!

    Comment by Faythe @ GrammyMouseTails — February 7, 2011 @ 5:24 PM

  3. There are so many ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Thanks for sharing your inspirational thoughts with Seasonal Sundays.

    – The Tablescaper

    Comment by The Tablescaper — February 7, 2011 @ 10:04 PM

  4. A sweet kiss is the very best thing!

    Comment by Honey — February 7, 2011 @ 11:53 PM

  5. Thanks for sharing these great tips at my NTT party.


    Comment by Linda@Coastal Charm — February 9, 2011 @ 5:33 AM

  6. Those are all great tips! I’m happy as can be with a card and a kiss. Anything else is just icing on the Valentines cupcake *winks* Vanna

    Comment by Vanna — February 11, 2011 @ 2:20 PM

  7. i read your kitchen gadget post and thought, being a gifted cook [NOT!] i probably shouldn’t comment there. then i read about your farm parties. hmmm. an even tougher one.

    thank goodness i found this little gem of a post! YES! i totally agree with you. off with the heads of chocolatiers, florists and restaurants that charge poor lovestruck people exorbitant prices just to say “i love you.” shame on them!

    i too am a fond believer of hunting in thrift shops, garage sales and fleamarkets for gifts. [strangely, i have yet to hear anything back from recipients.] however, i’ve yet to try the many healthy dog treat recipes i’ve been reading about [not just here] and am really starting to feel like a Bad DogMama.

    ahhh well…not every dog has a blog and Georgia will just have to be happy with that!

    Happy Valentine’s Day 🙂 i hope you get to read this comment!

    Comment by georgia little pea — February 14, 2011 @ 3:40 AM

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