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You want to treat someone special to a fantastic Valentine’s Day – without being too tough on your wallet. Here are 10 ideas for Valentine’s Day that are budget-friendly.
#1: Show him or her that you care by making something yourself. Frame a photograph, create a sketch or a painting, or make her a beaded necklace. Lack artistic talent? Even making a simple card speaks volumes.
#2: Cook for him or her. Try cooking a classic (and cheap) romantic dish like Alfredo chicken pasta, or whip together something more exotic, like Thai red curry or homemade pizza.
#3: Plan ahead. You’ll save a bunch of money by not having to pay for rush delivery, and by not being forced to book a reservation at a more expensive restaurant because the affordable restaurant lacks any openings.
#4: Arrange a candle light dinner late in the evening. Create a distraction that gets him or her out of the house for a few hours. While he/she is gone, setup the table, clean the living and prepare an Italian romantic dinner right in your home! It may take a little effort but it’s always worth it.
#5: Lend a helping hand. Do the chores that your partner normally does, then make breakfast and serve it in bed. This gesture shows not only you love him/her, but you appreciate the work they contribute to your home.
#6: Bring lots of scented candles and surprise your partner by making a bubble bath. Enjoy a combo of a sensual bath and wine.
#7: Plan a trip to the places you went at the start of your relationship. Go back the place where you first met, or the place where you had your first date. Lose yourself in the memories of the beginning of your relationship.
#8: Rent a couple of movies that you both enjoy and laze around all day, watching rom-coms from Netflix or Redbox.
#9: Write a love letter! Putting it under her pillow or in her purse, or leave it in his sock drawer or laptop bag.
#10: Curl up on the sofa with the softest blanket you can find. Cuddling and kissing always works when you’re in a mood to do nothing else.
What are your best tips for a cheap Valentine’s Day?