$5 Valentine’s Day Challenge

We love days devoted to love. Love is awesome in all its forms.

What we don’t love is spending tons and tons and tons of money because our calendar says it’s a day we’d better use money to show people how much we love them.

In 2011, the average U.S. consumer was projected to spend $116.21 on Valentine’s Day gifts, meals and entertainment. Wow.

So here’s our challenge to you, #lovelansing friends:

Spend no more than $5.

“What? You tell us how important it is to shop local all the time,” you say. Yes, we do. And it’s super important. We don’t mean go on a budgetary lockdown forever. Instead, use this as a personal challenge: What can you give the person you love that costs $5 or less, yet is priceless to them? Get creative. Really think about your loved one.

If you get stuck coming up with ideas, try some of these. Or these. The point is to focus on love and not the gift. This works for husbands, wives, partners, boyfriends, girlfriends, good friends, moms, dads, kids and grandparents.

This year, make Valentine’s Day all about love.

We love you, #lovelansing!


About Lansing Ninjas

We #lovelansing and we hope you do, too. Our mission is to spread bits of love and kindness around our city. We hope it brightens someone's day and inspires them to pay it forward. Kindness rocks!
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4 Responses to $5 Valentine’s Day Challenge

  1. Laura says:

    Love this idea! I have a similar sentiment about the Valentine parties for school. I was thinking instead of a candy coma day, it would be fun to do something different!
    I found these blogs and really liked the Valentines ideas.

    http://spoonfedblog.net/2011/02/14/picture-this-heartfelt/ Here’s a little clip:

    “Another candy holiday upon us. But who says it has to be all about the sugar and chemicals? My daughter’s class this year made hearts from juice pouches and recycled felt, then sold them to schoolmates, teachers and parents to raise money for a membership in Nature Abounds. And today they’re celebrating with strawberries, apples, red grapes and dark chocolate for dipping. (I’ve already written about how much my daughter’s teacher rocks. Seriously, I heart her.)”

    And, another idea, a “natural” red party!

    “So many good things happening right now when it comes to REAL food – all the way from Michelle Obama bringing attention to the unacceptable food being served to our children down to my son Lucas’ second grade class trying red chard on Valentine’s Day. I don’t know exactly what Michelle’s impetus for her campaign is, but for the 2nd graders on Valentine’s Day it was two homeroom moms and a conscientious teacher who wanted to do a different kind of party. One where the kids wouldn’t be loaded up on sugar, but instead would learn more about REAL food and how to be adventurous eaters.”

  2. Those are great ideas, Laura! Thanks for sharing.

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