Like a lot of others, we decided NOT to go anywhere on Valentine’s Day itself. We pretty much (A) don’t care too much about the holiday, (B) it’s crowded and (C) this year we had friends over. Much cooler that way.
Last year we thought we would be smart & frugal, flying under the Fancy Dinner radar by going to Friendly’s. BAD idea. Apparently, that’s the Once-You’ve-Had-Kids place to be. I think we waited for over an hour to be seated, waited over an hour for our (cold) food, and got one comped dessert for the wait.
This year, we went to dinner early (pre-5 PM, so I could eat!) the day before, and hit the “cheap” movie theatre afterward (though not that cheap, unfortunately!) to see Slumdog Millionaire, which we realllly wanted to see badly before the Oscars. It was definitely worth the “theatre-money”: brilliant acting, and an amazing storyline. Plus, at the Cheesecake Factory (where we went…you can get some great food cheap there, surprisingly enough!) we still got the free Valentine’s Day coupons they were giving out…we both got “for you/for a friend” coupons for a complimentary slice of cheesecake!
So, we find we don’t spend THAT much, get a great evening without the crowds, and still have a very enjoyable time out. I think this will become our new tradition!
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