While we all dream of that huge box of chocolates, the giant teddy that’s too big to fit into the car or (dare I say it?) shiny diamonds in a little jewelry box, realistically that’s not how Valentine’s Day goes for most of us. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t up the romance and show the special person in your life how much you love and appreciate them. There are many ways to do Valentine’s on a budget and they will leave your Love feeling more loved than ever.
An expensive dinner in a fancy restaurant might be fun but who wouldn’t want a romantic candle-lit dinner at home alone together? Pop on down to your nearest SPAR for snacks, finger foods or ingredients for a full course three meal, the candles, some flowers for added romance and, of course, no Valentine’s Day is complete without a choice of chocolates.
Out and About
If you want to get out, dinner at a restaurant doesn’t have to be your only option. Do some research and find some free events in your area. Some will allow you to bring a picnic basket with and it won’t take a lot of effort to turn it into a romantic night.
Just because the date happens to be 14 February, that doesn’t mean you must buy a gift. What’s wrong with every other day of the year? Don’t break the bank in middle of the month if you can’t afford it, an unexpected gift at any other time of the year when you can afford it will be appreciated just as much.
Take a Trip
Not a real trip, one down memory lane. Recreate your first date, or a special time that stands out for you. You could also put together a slide show of pictures from the beginning of your relationship up to the most recent that you have together. Remembering and talking about all your favorite moments will make you feel closer than ever.
Keep it Simple
Not everyone is into that mushy love stuff but there is so much pressure around this time of the year that you feel forced into doing it. If a quiet night at home alone or with the kids is what you both want, there is nothing wrong with that. Use this Valentine’s Day as a reminder to show your person that you love them every day, not only on this one day of the year.
If you don’t have a Valentine this year, don’t despair. You get to finish that whole box of chocolates without sharing and the present you buy yourself is guaranteed to be exactly what you wanted. Don’t let the Valentine’s pressure get you down. Organise a night with friends or do a movie and pizza night on your own, where no one can watch you eat that extra slice.