Be forewarned, readers – Valentine’s Day is only a little over a week away. That means it’s time to prepare strategies for cheap, eco-friendly approaches to what (in the U.S. at least) is an over-the-top festival of greeting cards, plastic gewgaws, and un-fair trade chocolate. Here are a few ideas to get you started, and a few other good posts from the Web this week to round things out.
- Green Daily wrote about seed bon-bons for Valentine’s Day. (Theirs come from an Etsy shop that doesn’t currently have products listed, but contact the seller if you’re interested.) Or if you’re feeling crafty, make your own batch of seed bombs or bon-bons. Put them in a candy mold, and this could be a great Valentine’s gift for kids!
- I must confess, I adore good old chocolate for Valentine’s Day (for myself, that is). If you have a chocolate-loving-loved-one on your Valentine’s list, Focus Organic has published a post with tips for finding the best chocolate to buy — ideally fair-trade certified, organic and shade grown. Triple-certified is best, they say, but even one certification means you are helping the planet and the people who grow and, especially, pick the chocolate for you. I would add that if you can find chocolate with one of those certifications from a local vendor, you would earn a big gold star (or gold heart, as the holiday might have it).
- Looking for cheap, romantic date ideas? Myscha Therault at Wise Bread has you covered. Check out her list, and the links at the bottom of the post for more ideas.
And on the non-Valentine front, how about these posts?
- In line with this week’s post about trash, Wise Bread has a contest running through TODAY (Friday, Feb. 5) at 11:59 CST only! Stop in to comment on what you do with unwanted goods and you could win an Amazon gift certificate.
- Want to get crafty with old, worn out linens? Check out Crunchy Chicken’s tutorial on making rag rugs. Maybe she will finally inspire me to crochet the planned rug from roving that’s been sitting around for a couple of years at my house.
- Are you having a Super Bowl party? Try Suddenly Frugal’s 5 Frugal Super Bowl Party Ideas post for inspiration. I took up football watching this year and found that I LOVE having a reason to lounge around for hours on Sunday, cranking through the newspaper or knitting and then knowing what people are talking about at the water cooler (real or virtual).