It’s almost Valentine’s Day and through the years, our Valentine’s Day celebrations have gotten smaller and smaller. So small now, in fact, that I try to keep my monumental display of affection for my husband under twenty bucks. I know, that’s pretty cheap, but the season of life we’re in right now doesn’t lend itself to extravagant date nights and exotic gift-giving. 

We know spending time together is important. It strengthens our bond, reminds us what we love about each other, and builds intimacy. But like a lot of other couples, it becomes discouraging when you spend $50 just on a babysitter. That doesn’t leave a lot extra for dinner and a movie, or gas to get there. That’s where the Dollar Date Jar comes in handy. It’s the ideal Valentine’s Day gift idea. 

Last year, I gave my husband a Dollar Date Jar. It was filled with ten Dollar Dates. Each date consisted of 2 rolled up dollar bills and a little date note. He picks a “date” out of the jar and we do whatever the paper says. Sometimes it’s just a milkshake and two straws, other times, we go to the Dollar Store to pick out something “special” for each other. Either way, it’s a time for us to celebrate together, it’s inexpensive, and sometimes, we can even complete them at home.

Of course, we do still have regular date nights, where I do my best at wearing heels, we get a sitter for the kids, and we stay out past 10pm, but the Dollar Date Jar has become something we both look forward to. 

You can start your own Dollar Date Jar using the PDF below. Print it, roll a couple dollar bills up with the “dates” wrapped around them, tie them up with a little ribbon and you have 10 or 20 activities to share with your partner. 

Download the PDF now to start your own Valentine’s Day tradition. Do you have ideas for other Dollar Dates? Please share them in the comment section.



02/11/2016 5:47am

Valentine's Day is not so much about giving a gift as it is about giving the right gift.Its the new thing of jars . I found your blog that love the idea of the perfect gift.

05/10/2016 12:13am

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The fact that you're thinking about gifting your husband at times of crisis is a gift enough. It doesn't matter if the gift is worth $20 or less, a flower given with a lot of love is enough. I am sure that your husband will be happy about the love you have for him rather than gifts at special occasions.

06/24/2016 8:26pm

Excellent read, I just passed this onto a friend who was doing some research on that. And he just bought me lunch as I found it for him smile So let me rephrase that: Thanks for lunch!


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