14 cheap ways to show your family you love them


With Valentine's Day right around the corner, you're probably thinking you'd like to do something special for your spouse or significant other, and maybe for your kids and your parents, too. But you're also probably lacking the cash to really show them how you feel. Join the club! And these days, it's a pretty big club. But you don't have to let your lack of funds stop you. You can still express your love for them -- and it'll hardly cost you a cent.

The candy and greeting card industries, not to mention the jewelry stores, might not be thrilled with that sentiment, but honestly, these days, spreading a little love on the cheap can really show your family how much you care, since stretching -- or blowing -- the household budget doesn't really help anyone. At least, that's what I plan on telling my wife this year.

So if you want to do something special for your family without breaking the bank, please consider these 14 ideas.