Skip the restaurant for Valentine’s Day, celebrate at home instead

Happy Valentine’s Day! It might be a little late to scramble up a reservation right now, but don’t worry. HEB (at least on 41st Street) is open 24/7, and they have flowers, wine and, like any good supermarket, the makings for a romantic evening at home. And celebrating at home definitely drives the price down.

For all you procrastinators, here’s an easy, affordable DIY Valentine’s night.

INGREDIENTS:

Flowers are optional, because unless you really like roses, $29.99 is more expensive than anything else on this list.

1. Start with snacks

Everybody loves snacks. Slice some of that fancy Gouda, arrange the sliced prosciutto, pile on the crackers and put it on whatever clean dish is left in your kitchen cupboard. Munch at whatever speed you desire.

2. Boil water in a pot

Whether you ran the Austin marathon or not this morning, you deserve some delicious, carb-heavy spaghetti and meatballs. Bonus point: if you are with your significant other and want to reenact that scene from Lady & The Tramp, no one will judge you because you’re not at a restaurant.

Prep time: 10-15 minutes (10 minutes to boil spaghetti, 8 minutes to microwave the meatballs, 10 seconds to open the sauce jar)

3. Pop open that wine

Don’t be afraid to drink from mugs, if you don’t own real glassware. Plastic cups are also acceptable. Or skip cups entirely.

4.  Grab your spaghetti, cheese plate (if there’s any left), chocolate and start up the Netflix marathon

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Finish the entire third season of House of Cards, because you haven’t done it already. But Valentine’s Day means treating yo self.

5. Fall asleep on the couch, full of carbs and wine.

You can do the dishes in the morning.

Note: Everything listed here (except for Netflix) was found at HEB. You could, of course, go to any fine grocery store for similar goods.


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