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Romance on the Cheap

Romance on the Cheap
If you are still working on paying down credit cards from the holidays, then a more modest Valentine’s Day may be just what you need. A recent article from MSNBC reported that many of us end up spending anywhere from $180 to $420 on gifts for a loved one on Valentine’s Day.

If this kind of spending is not in your budget this February, you should know that there are other meaningful and enjoyable things you can do with your sweetheart. MSNBC’s contributing writer Laura Coffey offers some ideas to keep the romance without emptying the wallet.

One idea Coffey offers is to forgo the expensive night out at a restaurant and cook or order a gourmet meal at home. Lighting candles and dressing up for the occasion will make it more special than your average night spent at home.

Another idea, if possible for you and your spouse, is to play hooky from work that day. If you have an extra personal day and your boss will allow you the time, you may even want to take both Thursday and Friday off to make a long weekend out of it. You can spend the extra time together at home or go on a small budget get-away for a couple of days.

If you feel you need to get out on the town on Valentine’s, but don’t have the cash for an expensive dinner, you may want to go to a nice restaurant for cocktails, dessert, or a cup of coffee. This way, you and yours can enjoy the ambiance and fun of being out, but won’t suffer the consequences when the bill arrives.

For the complete list of Laura Coffey’s 10 Tips for a fun ?but frugal- Valentine’s Day you can go to http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17051768/ .

What do you think of the tips listed above for having a more inexpensive Valentine’s Day celebration?

Do you have any tips of your own for getting romantic without breaking the bank on February 14th?

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  • lizmolik By lizmolik
    02.16.08  

    My hubby wrote me a poem and gave me a rose...That was just fine with me! I got him a box of chocolates and a card and made him dinner!

  • LoriLoriBear By LoriLoriBear
    02.22.08  

    You do not have to spend much to show your loved one that you care.Just being able to spend time together without discussing bills or work is always good.Even just sitting cuddled up on the couch watching a favorite tv show can be pretty romantic.

  • luv2try By luv2try
    02.23.08  

    Valentines is about the only time I get flowers from my husband. He is so great about it too. I wish I could get him to buy cheaper flowers though, a dozen roses is over the top on Valentine's day. I pretty much agree that you don't need to spend alot to show people you love them. we made our valentines this year

  • scatteredpearl By scatteredpearl
    02.27.08  

    Our family Valentined was one. We traced all of our left hands, Hubby's, mine, oldest son, then youngest son. Cut them out of that cute foam rubber, glued them over each other, framed it and hung it the wall.

    It's from all of us to all of us and was a family time together.

    Holidays do not have to be costly. They are meant for memories.

  • leemor16 By leemor16
    03.10.08  

    leemor16 says:

    we usually go out to dinner

  • bbcoop By bbcoop
    03.18.08  

    The first year I was married we had no $ but I was teaching part time for an internship so the kids at school helped me cut out a ton of diff shapes/colors of hearts and I made a grid with ribbon and hung a million of them all over the house. I used clipart and small phrases and made about 40 little notes and put them in random places all over the house before he got home. They were everywhere--in fridge drawers, sock drawers, bathroom cabinets, the shower, the garage, and he was finding so of them weeks later. Super cheesy, but he knows I think he's special, right!?!

    When we are low on cash, we will eat something at home and then go out and get just dessert--that way we still get to go on "a date" but we don't break the bank--most restaurants are fine with that as long as you tip decent despite the small purchase!

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