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Are you wondering how to show someone you love them when extra money is not in your budget?

When was the last time you went out for a night on the town with your significant other?

But flowers, dinner, a movie and a babysitter will easily cost you over $100 for only one night of fun. Ugh!

And hopefully you are thinking… “but if we don’t go out on date nights what else are we supposed to do?”

Trust me, I get it. Life gets a little crazy, we put our love on the back burner while being parents and don’t always have time to make special time for each other.

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Plus, some of the most generous and romantic gifts cost nothing in terms of spending money.

The best gifts demonstrate that you appreciate and accept who your spouse is, that you know exactly what makes them happy, and that you care enough to give from the heart.

Remember when you were in high school and college and had no money? You always found a way to show love without money. Sometimes all that is needed is a little reminder that you love them.

So I’ve found some creative money saving tips for couples, because showing your love and staying on budget is possible. With a little creativity, it can easily be done.

You can still show love frugally without blowing your budget on a night out.

And, with these DIY show someone you love them ideas, you can save more money but still give just as much love.

Plus, with these frugal tips to show someone you love them you won’t feel like you are neglecting your loved one at all.

Because when you show love on a budget, you’re still showing love, just not having to spend to show it.

This is something that the family can get involved in! Who says you can’t show grandma or your neighbor some extra love?!

Need some ideas on ways to show love to others without money? Here are some specific ways how to show someone you love them on a budget.

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Leave Your Spouse A Surprise Message

There is something special about taking the time to leave your loved one a message!

You can leave a little note inside the current book they’re reading.

Add a post-it note to the dashboard of their car or even just set an alarm on your phone to send them a quick text reminding them how much you love them midway through the day!

Simple notes show love frugally, because I know you have pen and paper nearby! You don’t even have to run out of the house to get them.

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While you’re brushing your teeth in the morning, take a few minutes to scribble a sweet message for your spouse and leave it for them to find while they are getting ready.

Leaving your spouse a short message doesn’t have to cost a thing, but still shows them you’re thinking about them.

Sticky notes are a great way to show love without money!

A couple of years ago, my husband went on a work trip over Valentine’s Day. I put sticky notes of love in his coat pockets, wallet, jeans pocket, and shoes. He kept texting me saying he kept finding them and how much he appreciated the love in just a simple sticky note.

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Make Something Unique

Here’s another way how to show someone you love them.

Why DO you love your spouse? There is no time like the present to tell them with a couple of super easy handmade gifts.

When James and I were dating, we lived in separate states throughout college (he moved to MN and NC while I was in FL) and we had to think of creative ways to show we cared across all those miles. Letters got boring.

One year for Valentines Day he handmade me paper roses and mailed them to be delivered on Valentine’s Day. Inside the box were 24 paper roses made from green construction and red tissue paper. Then, the best part was the 24 notes he wrote to go along with them that told me 24 things he loved about me. What a romantic, right?!

Easier than making two dozen roses by hand, yet just as thoughtful, is to make these “open when” notes for the recipient to open “when they miss you” or “when they are having a bad day”. Another spin on that is to choose a significant time during the day and then address the front of the envelope with that specific time when they should open it. Also, inside you could put photos from fun memories or thoughtful notes about why you love them.

After all, no matter how much you tell them, a unique and thoughtful expression of love is always going to mean even more.

It’s these creative money saving tips for couples that help keep the spark alive while keeping the budget in check.

So start the week out right and start with these DIY show someone you love them ideas!

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Grow Indoor Air Together

Does she have a favorite flower beside roses? Maybe tulips or carnations? Not only will that flower always be less expensive than roses, but they will mean more than just the “typical” flower of love.

If they love roses, then choosing a color other than red or short-stemmed (instead of long-stemmed) will be your better budget busting alternative choice.

You know what I love? Growing indoor air! There are plenty of nice houseplants that make beautiful gifts. And unlike fresh flowers, which will wither and die in the near future, a plant will last indefinitely and be thought of more as an investment.

You could also start a small indoor herb garden. It’s not expensive to start an herb garden in your house. Plus, as they grow you’ll get to use the items together in the kitchen (further saving you money).

These frugal tips to show someone you love them don’t cost much at all. Just think about what your loved one would want and then get busy!

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Write An Old-Fashioned Love Letter

Remember when you used to pass love notes back in school? Whatever happened to that?!

Writing your loved one a love letter can be a great way on how to show someone you love them, without having to even say a word.

Leave it on their pillow before bed, tuck it away in their wallet, tuck it in their lunch box, or hand it to them on your way out the door.

This is a low-cost way to make them feel special without spending a dime. It’s one way to show love on a budget with something you already have: pen, paper and your love (and Google if you have a hard time expressing yourself)!

See! There are many ways to show show love frugally! Just get creative!

Give Them A Passionate Kiss Or Touch

When was the last time you kissed your spouse?

I’m not talking about a quick peck as they walked out the door, but a long passionate kiss.

There is nothing like a warm embrace, especially when you really need one. These are some of those DIY show someone you love them ideas that definitely need to be DIY today!

It doesn’t have to be movie dramatic… you could just reach over and hold their hand while you are walking together running errands. Or if you have the kids at the park, scootch a little closer on the bench and tell them they smell good.

Another idea on how to show someone you love them.

It’s these creative money saving tips for couples that keeps you going and your love alive!

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Spend Quality Time Together

When you have little kids running around the house, they seem to demand all of our attention! Which means getting some one on one time with your spouse might seem impossible.

After the kids are in bed, make some intention to spend quality time with your spouse.

Start a show series on Netflix or Amazon Prime video together, and watch it only when the kids are asleep. Stay up late talking and cuddling in bed, or find another activity to do together.

Go for a walk together. If your kid has a sports practice, drop them off at practice and then instead of visiting with the other parents, take your spouse and go for a walk. This can be a great chance to catch up with one another without the kids around.

No matter how busy your life gets, it’s so important how to show someone you love them.

Quality time together is one of the best ways to show love to others!

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Do Something Just Because

You don’t have to spend a ton of money to get your spouse something they’ll enjoy.

Stop by the dollar store on the way home and pick up a little treat for your sweetheart, or get them that book they’ve been dying to read from the library.

One thing I like to do is if I am out somewhere and I see something that makes me think of my husband, I’ll grab it. If I see his favorite candy bar, I will bring it home. When I give it to him, I let him know I was thinking of him when I purchased it.

This small gesture means the world to him because it shows I was thinking about him when he wasn’t around. That’s how to show someone you love them.

Doesn’t that make you feel good when someone does that for you? It’s one of the best ways to show love to others!

Remove A Headache

Each of us has that one task that we simply detest. I think one of the best presents you can give is to make that headache disappear. Taking the car to be inspected or bringing in the car for an oil change.

Along that same line is performing a small act of service for your spouse that can transform their day. If it’s usually their job to unload the dishwasher, do it for them.

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Maybe they have an important meeting coming up at work, lay out their clothes for them the night before to make the morning smooth. Or take a task they typically have to do, off their shoulders (at our house that would be a trash run… and since I hate doing that chore, it would show sacrifice!).

If you need some inspiration, you could print and assemble these FREE Love Coupons.

It can be a great way how to show someone you love them and how much they mean to you by giving them a few minutes of peace.

Schedule It On Your Calendar

If you are afraid, you won’t have time for date nights, right now, choose a date and schedule it on your calendar!

If you are on a tight budget, you can still enjoy a date night from home! Pop some popcorn and have a movie night indoors, or go out for a romantic stroll and a picnic in your backyard!

Or even have an ice cream date on your front porch watching the sun set or watching for shooting stars.

So as you can see, you can still show your spouse just how much they mean to you without blowing your budget on a night out.

With these DIY show someone you love them ideas, you can save more money but still give just as much love.

Plus, with these frugal tips to show someone you love them you won’t feel like you are neglecting your loved one at all.

Because when you show love on a budget, you’re still showing love, just not having to spend to show it.

This is something that the family can get involved in! Who says you can’t show grandma or your neighbor some extra love?!

With a little creativity, showing love can easily be done since some of the best and creative money saving tips for couples cost no money at all!

There are so many creative ways how to show someone you love them without having to empty your wallet.

 

YOUR TURN: What things will you start doing to show your love? Have you done something that wasn’t mentioned here? Comment below and I’ll add it to this list. I’d love to hear it!

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