Can you afford romance? As Valentine’s day nears in, shops are filled with a lot of gift ideas and most of them are not cheap. So if you’re on a tight budget, you might be wondering how you can start a spark without completely draining your savings. Try these tips.
Don’t send cards. Postal rates are going up, so a better, and even faster way to greet your friends would be e-cards, email and other electronic means.
Dine in. You can create your very own Valentine setting right in your dining room. All you need is a set of aromatic candles in strategic locations, an easy recipe you can whip up for dinner, and a bottle of wine to get things a little cozy.
Rethink your flowers and chocolates. Before purchasing these traditional V-day gifts, ask yourself if your girl really appreciates that kind of stuff. Exquisite flowers can cost a lot, and the yummiest chocolates are not so affordable, either. Do some research and maybe you’ll discover that she likes flowers and local candies which are incidentally cheaper.
Give your partner a massage. Touching is a very good way to spark an intimate night so why not offer to give her a little backrub?
Don’t have a date? No problem. If you don’t have a date, you won’t have to spend on anything. What are the chances you’ll find your true love in speed dating, anyway? Wait for true love to appear at your front door. For the meantime, save up what you can.
Give a DIY gift. It could be a lot cheaper. If you’re not so crafty, you can ask a good friend who is and pay her for her work. I’m sure she’ll give you a good discount.