Valentine’s Day… you either love it or hate it. But with these 5 ideas, you can be sure to enjoy the romance without breaking the bank.
1. Skip the date, not the tradition
With stomach-churning mark-ups on flowers and chocolates (not to mention crowded restaurants), you might be wondering if you’re better off avoiding Valentine’s Day full stop. However, if you’ve ever been to the supermarket the day after the 14th, you’ll know that valentines’ gifts are a fraction of the cost when the stock is out of season.
So this year, why not celebrate with your loved one after the 14th? Not only will booking a meal be a breeze, but you could bag a much cheaper bunch of flowers and box of chocolates. It’s a win-win!
2. Make a romantic meal at home
Similarly, you could beat the prices by ditching the fancy dinner reservation altogether and cooking a nice meal at home together instead.
Even if a restaurant has a special Valentine’s Day offer, it could still be more expensive than what they’d typically charge, especially if they’re trying to flog 3-course meals. And don’t forget, you could buy a bottle of nice wine from your local supermarket for the price of a glass – so you’ll hardly miss that overpriced restaurant!
3. Bring the movies home
Do you love heading to the movies for a date night? You could bring the movies to your front room instead and save yourself some pennies in the process.
Whether you pick a film from a streaming device like Netflix or pay to download a film, it couldn’t be simpler to access blockbusters from the comfort of your own home. To make it extra special, you could light some candles and buy your own popcorn and sweets – at a fraction of the cost you’d pay at the cinema.
4. Be a tourist in your own city
It’s easy to forget what’s on your doorstep. If you’ve never really explored the sights of your own home town, taking your loved one out on Valentine’s Day could be a great excuse to see what you’ve been missing.
Maybe there’s a museum you’ve never set foot in or a scenic walk not too far away. Making some time to explore what’s under your nose could be a great way to enjoy Valentine’s Day without spending too much – and you could find a hidden gem!
5. It’s the little things
Making your partner smile doesn’t need to cost a lot. Whether it’s bringing them breakfast in bed, taking over their ironing duties or packing a nice note into their packed lunch, you really don’t need to break the bank to make a romantic gesture this Valentine’s.
In fact, taking over their chores for the day could mean a lot more to them than a bouquet of flowers!
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