Last Minute Valentine’s Tips

No time? No money? No problem

Valentine’s Day in the town of Oxford can be difficult to navigate if you’re new to the area. Local restaurants begin accepting Valentine’s reservations as early as the first few weeks in January and you’ve got to do a bit of planning to make sure you (and most importantly, your significant other) aren’t left out in the cold on Feb. 14. The arrival of the holiday also means shelling out quite a bit of cash. From flowers and dinner to gifts and activities, dollars can start to add up.

Enter printables. Never heard of them? I hadn’t either before a co-worker showed me just how useful they could be. Although I may be the least crafty person in my household, I can appreciate the concept for its simplicity. A printable is essentially a well-designed graphic that can be downloaded and printed (hence the name) from a website. So what does it mean for folks who may be lacking the time, organizational ability, and money to plan an elaborate Valentine’s date for their beau or belle? You can’t beat free. Even better, they look great. Not sure what he wants? “You Had Me At Hotty Toddy” will make him swoon. Can’t find the perfect gift for her? While the line, “I Like You More Than Ole Miss Football” might not be completely truthful, it’s a nice thing to say. Just head over to the official Ole Miss Pinterest page to download them. Want to really impress your partner? Buy a $10 frame – it’s classy.

Now that you’ve got your gift squared away, entertainment is a cinch. Check out the second season of House of Cards on Netflix tonight (because nothing professes true love like cuddling up to watch what the New York Times dubs “the most joyless show on television.

Still concerned about what you’ll eat? I can’t give you all the answers, but now that you’ve saved such a big chunk of change, perhaps it’s time to splurge on this $30,000 nine-course dinner in Manhattan. And if it doesn’t go well, they throw in a therapist and a matchmaker just in case.