Craving a Budget for VDay

Today is more than just a Hallmark Holiday—it’s a time to make sure your loved one knows exactly how much you care about him/her. And, of course, there are all kinds of ways to show it. Aside from the expensive dinners, bouquets of roses and boxes of chocolates, this is a day about letting your love shine with memories that will last a lifetime.

On a budget? Try making a DIY holiday card. It always puts a “this is from the bottom of my heart” spin to it. Better yet, how about taking that DIY card and surprising your loved one with a reservation to a more pocket friendly dinner option: White Castle! Since 1991, the fast food chain has taken part in grabbing a portion of the estimated $3.5 billion couples spend going out to eat on Feb. 14th by offering reserved Valentine’s Day seating at the “Love Castle.”

Today, the restaurant offers table-side service equipped with festive decorations including, red table cloths, flowers, candles, balloons and a complimentary digital photo to capture the memory (be sure to look your best – the photos will be posted on White Castle’s Facebook page after March 1st).

Our Space White Castle

My SliderGram…
Hey, a girl has got to eat!

Still on a tight budget? Don’t worry, social media ideas are to the rescue! White Castle gives both patrons and followers the option to create SliderGram’s via its Facebook page. I may or may not have sent the one that reads, “You had me at Slider. Will you be my White Castle Valentine?” to someone today. I will admit, I actually did go to White Castle to settle my crave this past week – take a look at my order in the real SliderGram I created (Yes, that’s the meal for a 5’2, under 125 lbs. gal). Impressive, right?

Okay, if you didn’t say yes to the above question, you must be disgusted. But hey, give me some credit; at least I didn’t have a first date there. On a holiday dedicated to love, Brenda Sparks and Rick Hohweiler tied the knot at #WeddingAtTheCastle in Sharonville, Ohio, where they first met. They didn’t even have to spend an arm and a leg on their dream wedding. The lucky couple won 96ROCK’s radio contest and received complimentary food and beverages for the party of up to 20 guests, a limo ride and more. I’ve kept up with the scoop on White Castle’s Twitter page.

 

 

As you have read here, money doesn’t have to buy love when you’re on a tight budget. After all, it’s the thought that counts!

How are you showing your Valentine how much you crave them today? Click here to see how people all around the world are celebrating.

Cover Photo Source: Al Power via Flickr

Nicole Hernandez is the Social Media Manager at SJG. She’s a Chicagoan who graduated from DePaul University with a BA in Public Relations & Advertising and minor in Journalism. Nicole is known to her peers as being online all the time – while in her spare time you can find her taking footage on her phone as she’s rocking out at music festivals. She’s also training to be the new water girl at Chicago Bulls games (in her dreams).