If you have ever bought roses for a loved one on Valentine’s Day you have likely noticed that roses are significantly more expensive on that day than they are at any other day of the year, upward of $70 – $100 on average. This fact alone may make you think that a great Valentine’s Day gift has to be expensive. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. You can find really inexpensive gifts that your loved one will greatly appreciate. This article will provide some tips for how traditional, expensive Valentine’s Day gifts can be unique in a way that makes them more affordable.
Consider the roses we previously mentioned. Buying your loved one a dozen roses on Valentine’s Day can be extremely expensive. However, there are other ways to give flowers without emptying your bank account. One way to make giving flowers more affordable is to consider giving a gift of a single red rose. This is not only an incredibly dramatic gift but it is also very affordable. Another way to make giving flowers on Valentine’s Day more affordable is to consider flowers which are not so popular on Valentine’s Day. These types of flowers are likely to be much less expensive. As long as it is a flower your partner enjoys it will make a great gift for Valentine’s Day.
There is another unique and inexpensive way to give a flower related gift on Valentine’s Day. You can give your loved one some seeds or bulbs of her favorite flowers and pots to grow these in. This is a great gift idea because it is original and it shows that you really know what your partner likes. It is also extremely affordable.
Ordering Italian and renting a few movies is another inexpensive gift idea for Valentine’s Day. You can even present your partner with a gift basket filled with a couple of movies, microwave popcorn, candy and a bottle of wine. Then the two of you can spend the evening together watching movies, snacking and just generally spending quality time together. Going out on Valentine’s Day can often be stressful not to mention expensive. However, you can save a great deal of money and have a more relaxing evening just by renting a few movies and spending an evening in with our loved one.
One final inexpensive gift idea for a Valentine’s Day gift is an elegant journal. You can find journals in a variety of sizes, shapes and styles basically anywhere books are solid. You can search for a journal in a style you know your partner will really love. Many journals come with a picture or a quote on the front and if you select one of these you should take care to ensure the picture or quote is something which will be meaningful and special to your partner. However, if you opt for a journal without a picture or a quote you should still seek out a style which will be visually appealing to your partner. This is very important because although a journal is essentially a book filled with empty pages, your partner is more likely to fill up these pages if she likes the look of the journal. Finally, you should fill the first page of the journal with a heartfelt note letting your partner know why you selecting this particular gift and encouraging your partner to use this book for whatever purpose she desires.
Call yourself a Hobo, Traveler, Adventurer, or Rubber Tramp, we are all technically doing the same things. We traveling around the country trying to have an adventure, working when we have to. We depend upon the generosity of people by them allowing us to camp in there barns, sheds, porches, and property. We all know this typically will come with a free meal as well. But many travelers will abuse this and spoil it for everyone who follows. Making an unsafe fire or leaving trash all over the place is NOT going to get the next guy a place to stay. It’s called common courtesy, get up clean up after yourself and offer to perform a little work for the shelter. Again most of us know it’s going to be turned down but typically you’ll get a breakfast out of the offer. When you leave you should feel comfortable in knowing if you’re ever traveling that way again you could have shelter (and possibly food). Even if you’re NOT maybe the next guy coming along will be more accepted.
Don’t be an ass!
Very funny movie, but not for kids. LOL Danny McBride, James Franco, and Natalie Portman star in the comedy-adventure. It’s one of those movies that I’ve seen many better than but I’ve seen many worse movies. It had me at the begging though when it opened with Danny McBride being hung by a bunch of “short people”. (see I didn’t call them midgets) It may not have been the movie of the year but it was definitively worth a Tuesday guys movie. I’ll give it 3 out of 5 thumbs up. It’s worth watching if for nothing else, Natalie Portman… smokin’ ass HOT!
Did I mention Natalie Portman…?
Movie Night, Jan. 22, 2013 ~ Rock On!
Hey here are a few things that I, CyberHobo, try to live by everyday!
- Pick up all the trash in an area in your hometown; be its guardian. Tell others about it.
- Be friendly to everyone at all times; experiment outrageously.
- Buy local when possible, if not by “Made in USA”.
- Always speak up for justice, no matter how much it costs.
- Go once a week on a “house call” to a nursing home to cheer people up as a friend.
- Go for a walk, angels speak to you when you walk.
- Consider being silly in public. Sing out loud. Wear funny stuff.
- Find ways to need a whole lot less money; share beyond belief.
- Have potlucks frequently, with neighbors, co-workers, and strangers. Work toward living in extended families.
- Take your vacations in your own hometown and spend the money working on projects there that help build community.
- Protect those smaller and weaker than yourself
- When you see someone who needs help…HELP
- Stop caring about what others think of you
When did it become shameful to ask for something? I mean if I see an orange tree on someone’s property full of oranges dropping on the ground what is wrong with me asking, can I pick some oranges? Or if somebody has something for sale to ask, is the the lowest you can go? Even if you have something to trade or some work you can perform in exchange for something, there is no shame in that. The concept of “Will Work for Food” was just that, I’ll do some work for you for a free meal. That was an honest trade, but now it has become a sign for the bums who don’t wish to work and only want the food or money without doing anything in exchange for it. Those guys are tramps and bum. Homeless gets thrown into the mix as well. Yet you can have a job and car and still be without a home temporarily… hence homeless (without home). Tramp, Bums, and even Hobos are without any permanent dwellings by choice. A homeless guy just may have been caught with another woman and his wife gave him the boot.
I stopped at this corn field and worked a couple of hours picking corn and helping this farmer do a couple of things in exchange for a couple bushels of corn. I then took one bushel and traded this guy some corn for green beans. I wasn’t doing anything anyways and made a couple of friend plus we ate corn and green beans for days… actually till we were sick of them. lol
The next time you see something for sale or something seating outside, stop and ask if it’s something you’re interested in. The worst that could happen is the person says, NO.
Also, when you have a few extra minutes sometimes, stop and ask a Hobo, Tramp, Bum, or even homeless person what their story is and you may be very surprise and it’s not what you would have guessed.
This Hobo sing means… Religious talk will get you a free meal. Since the late 19th century hobos are listened to sermons of all types for a meal. Alot of religious soup kitchens and shelters are free but they have to try and covert you and save your soul first. Listening to a preacher or priest is a small price to pay for a meal. What is the worst that is going to happen… they convert you and you stop drinking and become an upstanding citizen. LOL It’s worth a chance to sleep in a warm building with a full belly.
Someone sent me a question about, “why do a lot of Hobos have dogs?”
I guess the main reason a lot of Hobos have dogs is that being a Hobo is a life of solitude. It may sound strange to some but it’s for companionship. I think we all want to have someone there for us, and some want someone to care for. May sound stupid but someone to love and be loved. I’ve known people to love their dogs why more than any other person in the world. Even to the point that they split their food 50-50. To them their dog is part of their family or all the family they have. Having a dog while traveling is a big burden so when I see someone who has traveled all over with theirs I salute them.
This one guy, Worker Bob, love this little mixed breed dog named ‘Scraps’ more than I’ve known some to love their kids. If he got a cheeseburger so did Scraps. If he drank a beer, Scraps got a little bowl of beer. He would take Scraps to the vet and wouldn’t see a doctor himself. He talked to Scraps as if he was a person and sometimes I’d almost expect Scraps to answer. Worker Bob came down with cancer and he checked himself out of the hostpital because he didn’t want Scraps to be alone. Scraps passed away suddenly and Worker Bob lived two more weeks and died himself. I really believe he wanted to go to the afterlife with his dog. If I had died a came back as a dog I’d wanted to have been Scraps. Ol’ Worker Bob wouldn’t have taken a billion dollars for that ol’ ugly loyal dog… Rest in Peace (both of you)
It is odd that all Hobos (or most) chose the solitude way of life and then choose to get a pet. Oddly enough though people trust a person who has a dog with them more than the ones without pets.
That’s my 5 year old border collie, Merlin. My previous border collie, “Hobo” died 7 years ago. Both dogs are super sweet and very intelligent. Hobo had hip displashia and I spend a couple thousand dollars on him trying to fix him up. Poor dog lived in a lot of pain there at the end.
When you’re on the road most travelers / Hoboes eat less than $5 per day. I’ve seen days where I eat a McMuffin for $1.00 for breakfast, $1.50 hotdog with everything on it for Circle K, and 2 – $1.00 chicken Sandwiches for dinner, with a packet of $.25 ramen noodles. That’s totals$4.75 and that is traveling. That is only drinking water from my water bottom that a keep refilling though.
At home I typically do 2 – packets of instant oatmeal $.45 (I want till they are buy 1 get 1 free for a box of 10 and then stock up on them), a weight watcher smart one for lunch $2.00, Beans and Cornbread $1.75 = total $4.20. Even if I bought a box of buy 1, get 1 free tea bags for 3.99 + sugar 2.79 = $6.78 (1lb of sugar is 16 cups, and 7 teabags x 16 = 112, so $6.78 ÷ 16 = $.43 per gallon of tea, + I still have 88 tea bags left)
(How I calculated dinner: Black-eyed Peas $.99 + ham hock $1.50 + $1.00 for cornbread = $3.49 (that feeds two or it’s two nights of dinner) so 3.49 / 2 = $1.75)
So eating good and a gallon of tea for the day = $4.63 for my day of food. Now I typically only eat 1 bag of oatmeal, and I probably won’t drink a gallon of tea in 1 day so that is over estimating. Now I don’t eat a lot of steak, boar’s head lunch meat, or eat at restaurants, because I can’t afford it. But I’ve been reading where a log of American people are complaining because $5 per day in food stamps is not enough for them. Why should my tax dollars feed them steaks when I can’t afford them myself. I would think ANYTHING the government gave them would be awesome and they’d appreciate everything. Even if it’s only feeding them 1/2 the month and they paid for the other 1/2. Why is it my responsibility to make sure you eat for FREE? Why is it the government responsibility to make sure YOUR kids can eat Capt. Crunch?
They say 47% of the American people look to the government for assistance. Could it be that Hobos are more productive citizens that 47% of Americans. They work for their food (but, don’t turn down a free meal) . Even if they beg “Will Work for Food” and people voluntarily give them money they are still better than people who expect it from their government and don’t even say, “Thank You” … they bitch it isn’t enough?
So the next time you see a Hobo, tramp, bum, or homeless person, don’t look at them as being on the bottom of society … they’re better than 47% of society correct? Did I miss something? – you should “Thank” them for not costing the american tax payers a free home, welfare check and food stamps. So throw them a couple of bucks and say, THANKS!
Be bold and take an Adventures. After a while, this spontaneity and energy will become a life force of its own and you’ll have adventurous ideas appear un-willed. However, while you’re still learning to make adventure the rule of your life, here are some random ways to kick start your awesome adventurousness?
1. Build a fire, invite friends; talk and laugh (best if done with a case of beer of 5th of Jose of cold night)
2. Plant a vegetable garden in a spare corner of your land or in a container on your balcony.
3. Walk somewhere instead of driving. It will give you a new perspective, and talk to random people on the way.
4. Hang out in a public library and compose a poem and leave it in a library book
5. Run through a lawn sprinkler like when you were a kid.
6. Take a painting or photography class, whatever grabs your interest.
7. Write a blog about your weekly adventures.
8. Find some chalk and make a design on the sidewalk or driveway
9. Start Geocaching… Geocaching.com (treasure hunting)
10. Go somewhere you’ve never been in your town like a store, a shop, a restaurant, a cafe, a park.
I really love my Tilley hat. I bought it down it “Key West” on Duval Street. Guaranteed for life not to wear out, or they will replace it for free. Now I want another one in another color of course. Maybe for my birthday my wife and kids will get me another one.
Why wear a hat? When you spend a long time out in the sun you need something to protect you head from sunburn and you from overheating. A Tilley has a airflow ridge at the top of the crown of the hat. You can machine wash it, and for the Guarantee for life. There is a story of an elephant trainer having his Tilley eaten 3 times by an elephant. Each time he’d dig through the shit and get his hat back. He’d wash it and keep wearing it. The Tilley company offered him a brand new hat for the one the elephant shit out but he refused and is still wearing the same hat.
If you read the blog or watch the YouTube channel (you should) you will see me wearing the hat everywhere I go!