With all the focus on Valentine’s Day, it can be easy to get caught up in the holiday to make it really special. I love celebrating my guy and our relationship on this special day just as much as the next person, but it always gets me thinking…We shouldn’t need a special holiday just to show the ones we love that we truly care about them. So, here are a few of my favourite simple and frugal ways to show your love and improve your relationship any day of the year! (Yes, these can still apply to Valentine’s Day, too. Just remember that’s not the only day of the year your special someone needs some attention.)
Simple & Frugal Tips to Share the Love
Several factors contribute to a healthy relationship, and feeling loved is definitely one of those. Knowing your significant other’s (and even your children’s) love language is the best way to effectively love on him or her. But, even if you don’t have that “insider info,” you can do simple things to show you care. My list of simple and frugal ideas for showing your love covers a variety of love languages, so give a few a try and see which one gets the best response. Showing you care doesn’t have to be expensive (and doesn’t only happen once a year).
1. Write a Note
There is something romantic and nostalgic about a love note. Take a few minutes and write a handwritten note letting to show how much you appreciate your significant other. I like sticking one in my husband’s lunch each day before work, and he keeps each and every one. 🙂
2. Make a Call
If you’re not the note-writing type, why not make a special phone call during the middle of the day just to say hello. Making an “unplanned” phone call is the perfect way to say, “I’m thinking about you” without spending any extra money.
3. Complete a Task
Whether it’s a daily chore or something off the “honey-do” list, take the initiative to complete a task for your loved one. I love it when my husband completes one of the projects we’ve been meaning to do for weeks (or months). And, when he washes the dishes before I get to them, I feel even more appreciated. Think of something that your significant other would normally do and help him or her complete it to show how much you care.
4. Plan Some QT
Quality time is one thing most couples are seriously lacking. Plan some time for just you and your love that involves just the two of you. Even if it means putting the kids to bed early or calling a friend or parent to watch your littles. Make some time to just focus on one another. You don’t even have to go anywhere. Just enjoy a cup of coffee together and share about your day or week.
5. Share Something Positive
While I definitely appreciate my husband’s humility, I know few things make him feel more capable than when I brag him up to someone else. Whether it’s in a conversation with your parent or a friend or even in a shout out on your social media platform of choice, share something positive about your loved one and do a little bragging. Your willingness to share something positive with someone about your significant other will help him or she realized how much he or she is appreciated. (A word to the wise, though…Sharing something negative in the same way is the fastest, easiest way to betray your significant other and harm your relationship with your loved one. Venting is not the best solution to relational problems.)
Remember, Valentine’s Day isn’t the only day of the year you should be showing those around you that they are loved. With these simple and frugal tips, you can express your love and improve your relationship 365 days of the year!