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new iconThe True Gift of Love – This Valentine's Day, remind your kids that sharing is caring with unique ideas for volunteer and philanthropic activities that will spread love around the community and melt hearts faster than chocolate. And speaking of giving, send one of our free Valentine's Day e-cards to friends and loved ones. + more

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Did you Know?

It may seem silly to buy a winter coat in August, but you can save a lot by purchasing off-season items online.

You can save a lot of money on magazines and books by visiting your local library.

Almost half, 48 percent, of the notes printed by the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing are $1 bills.

Looking for some low cost activities for your family? Check out the community calendar at the local library.

The $ sign was designed in 1788 by Oliver Pollack.

When you're shopping, avoid impulse purchasing. Make a list. It an item's not on the list, don't buy it.

Despite the New York Stock Exchange's notoriety, it was not the first stock exchange in the United States.

The U.S. Treasury says that Americans hold about $15 billion in loose change.

If you had ten billion $1 notes and spent one every second of every day, it would take 317 to go broke.

There are many ways to help others: you can give money, your time and energy or items you no longer use.

Tired of old electronic games? Trade them in for different games at a video/game exchange center.

Bring food and drinks from home for after sports practice and you'll save money!

Keep a money diary that tracks what you save and spend. It will tell you about when, why, and how you use money.

When you use a debit card, money comes out of your account immediately. It's like cash, not like a credit card.

The word budget comes from the French "bougette", a little bag.

When you buy a stock in a company you become a shareholder, and own a 'part' of that company.

Making a big purchase? Do your research at the library and online to make sure you are getting the best price.

Martha Washington is the only women whose portrait has appeared on U.S. currency.

A quarter has 119 grooves on its edge, a dime has 118 grooves, according to the U.S. Mint.

Coins usually survive in circulation for about 30 years and a one dollar bill usually lasts for about 18 months.

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Love Without Breaking The Bank

The average U.S. consumer spends $116 on Valentine's Day gifts, meals and entertainment. While pricey gifts are generous, they're unnecessarily expensive and above all, quickly forgotten. Avoid budget heartbreak by forgoing the traditional gifts and opting for one of these five ways to spread the love without breaking the bank.

  1. Art Project
    Did I just buy movie tickets or box-office seats to Beyonce's sold out concert? The fact is, taking the entire family to the movies just isn't cheap anymore. Opt for a movie night at home and splurge on popcorn and candy to sweeten the deal. Check out PopSugar's list of most romantic movie moments for inspiration.
  2. Ice Cream Social
    No matter which ice cream flavor you prefer, we're pretty positive every human on earth can agree that ice cream is delicious, inexpensive and kids love it. Make like a banana and split to your local parlor or save even more money by making it at home.
  3. Game Night
    What ever happened to good-ole game night? Put those iPhones and droids away and check out these 15 cheap game night ideas from Money Crasher's. It's time to get old-school and show your kids how fun game night can be with the whole family!

Looking for a fun project for the munchkins? Download our fun Valentine's Day craft and let your art supplies box do all the talking.