Why My Husband and I Aren’t Exchanging Gifts This Valentine’s Day

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This upcoming summer, my husband and I can say that we have been together for five years. We dated for four years before getting married and within those years we showered each other with love and, occasionally, gifts. These gifts were exchanged on the typical gifting holidays such as Christmas, birthdays, and Valentine’s Day. But this year, we are starting a new tradition of not exchanging monetary gifts, but gifting each other in other ways.

I am firm believer that you should celebrate love and commitment all year around. I never truly understood why we celebrated love with such a huge emphasis in February. But I still went along with it. But now, as my husband and I begin to think about where we want to be in the next few years, we have realized that we don’t need to give each other material gifts to show our affection towards one another. We decided that it was time to take that money that we would spend on gifts and look to the future.

Hubby and I are starting to save up for a house and a baby! Yes, I’m finally coming out with it. We are planning to start our family some time this year. Now, I’m not saying that it is going to be a full effort right this month, but we are making the plans to start putting money away for when we decide, for sure, that we want to become parents.

We also are planning to start putting money away for a house. The plan is to have enough saved so that when we decide on a location, money won’t be holding us back from the house that we want. I’m even saving for years from now when we are settling on our forever home so that I can personally design my own closet.

Now, I’m not saying that we will be buckling down and not doing anything that is going to cost us money. Because we are set on traveling quite a bit still. We are just not spending on small, material things that we don’t really need. Our wants are bigger now.

So, this Valentine’s Day, we may dress up and go to a favorite local restaurant to spend time together, but no need for the diamond necklace or a new swanky tie. There’s just him & I planning for the future.


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