How to be cheap without looking it

2016-02-10 06:00
Photo: sourced If you don’t have a special sweetheart, focus on bringing a smile or laughter to everyone you come in contact with on Valentine’s Day.

Photo: sourced If you don’t have a special sweetheart, focus on bringing a smile or laughter to everyone you come in contact with on Valentine’s Day.

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IF you’re like most couples, you’re watching your pennies this year and looking for ways to romance your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day without breaking the bank. The following list will help:

* Create an indoor picnic with available props, i.e. picnic tablecloth, paper goods. Share finger foods and favorite treats along with a glass of wine. Spice up “dessert”. Enjoy your picnic on the living room floor or in bed. Play card games, board games, or make up your own.

* Decorate a unique-looking jar or box with craft items. Write numerous love notes on small pieces of paper and fill the jar with them. Present the jar to your sweetheart.

* There are many local and national Valentine’s Day giveaway contests with great prizes. Enter as many as you can and maybe you’ll get lucky.

* Since Valentine’s Day is on a Sunday, celebrate with a day full of low-cost activities you both enjoy doing. Do something with your significant other that he/she rarely has time to do, but loves.

* Girls, make the entire day full of his favorites: the breakfast of his dreams, the dinner of his dreams, TV that is his favorite, his music, etc. Don’t say anything about it, surprise him all day long.

* Take the person you love to experience something spectacular in nature: a sunset, a sunrise, the calm of the beach, share an evening walk gazing at the moon.

* Create a framed group of photos that put your relationship in chronological order of events, by months or years (depending on how long you’ve been together).

* Create a CD with songs that make you think of your sweetheart, and give it to him/her.

* Create an at-home spa day for your mate. Deliver the gift in a basket filled with inexpensive candles, bubble bath, rose petals, facial mask and scrub. Then give your mate time to enjoy it.

* Give each other long-lingering back rubs or head-to-toe body massages. Invest in luxurious lotion or oils.

* Create a favorite drink together. Try all kinds of ingredients. Enjoy taste-testing. Be sure to record the ingredients, so you can make “your” drink again on Valentine’s Day year after year.

* Watch an old movie at home together, with popcorn and soft drinks and candy – movie-theatre style.

* Pick a few household chores your Valentine usually does and surprise them by doing it before they get a chance, i.e. making the bed. It doesn’t sound romantic, but the thought will most certainly count.

* Write a “Top 10 Reasons Why I Love You” list.

* What’s a new activity you’ve both wanted to try that’s low cost? Do it. Or, how can you creatively modify it to make it low cost? Do it.

* Leave a note on your mate’s pillow expressing how special you think he/she is. Place a couple of mints on the pillow, too (or a single rose)…all to be discovered at bedtime.

* Guys, if you want to cook dinner, remember, she doesn’t care what you make. There are many easy recipes on food websites that look like you spent hours in the kitchen. Be imaginative and set the table special. Play romantic music softly while you dine. Leave the clean-up until morning.

* Buy two champagne flutes for use on Valentine’s Day only to annually toast your love. Keep them in a visible location as a year-round reminder of how special you are to each other.

* Play a sport together that you haven’t played in awhile, or that you rarely get a chance to enjoy. Before you start, determine what the “winner” gets (making it something to do with caring, loving, etc.).

* Present your Valentine IOU coupons: I will make dinner; I will do the laundry; I will take care of the kids one day a month for the next year; I will clean the kitchen for a week; I will serve you breakfast in bed.

* Write “I love you because….” notes and insert them into balloons. Blow up the balloons, and spread the balloons throughout your bedroom for your Valentine to pop and capture each message.

* Make homemade chocolate-covered strawberries: 1) Melt a package of chocolate chips in a double boiler; 2) Remove from heat and quickly dip the strawberries into the chocolate; 3) Place on wax paper and refrigerate for several hours until chocolate is firm.

* What did you do on your very first date? Repeat it.

* Create a year-long calendar with photos of just the two of you above each month.

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