Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Enjoying a romantic Valentine’s Day on a budget

Romance can be difficult if you are on a tight budget and don’t have a lot of money. For Valentine’s Day, there can be a lot of pressure to spend money that you may not have. Here are some tips to help you surprise your loved one and show your love without breaking the bank.

A special meal – Making your partner a special meal is a wonderful way to celebrate and enjoy romantic times without the expense of a fancy restaurant. Sometimes it can be even more special to have someone cook for you, and to enjoy an intimate private meal at home, rather than going to the expense of a meal out.

Make a card – Valentine’s Day cards are big business! It is another reason for many shops to encourage us to spend, and it is not always necessary. Instead of paying a premium for an impersonal card that millions of others have bought and sent, why not make your own card or write a special note or letter to your loved one? It will mean just as much, if not more.

Flowers – Statisticsshow that the cost of flowers doubles two weeks before Valentine’s Day and for two week after! Instead of paying such high prices for flowers that will die, why not buy a rose bush to plant in the garden, or an Apple Blossom tree, or any plant that will last for many years to come? It could be an indoor or outdoor plant, either way it will last much longer than a bunch of flowers, and it will be more meaningful too.

A helping hand – Often when life is busy and the rituals of work and family take over, romance can suffer. Rather than spending a fortune on Valentine’s Day merchandise that is expensive and unimaginative, why not treat your loved one to a day of being spoiled and a day together. Make them breakfast in bed, have someone take care of the kids, and arrange a special day out for both of you to enjoy.

The UK average spent on Valentine’s Day for men and women aged 25 – 45 is a shocking £250! With a little thought, imagination and pre-planning, you could still give your loved one a wonderful gift, card and special day for a fifth of that amount. Enjoy your Valentine’s Day!


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