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Romance on a budget? Try these cheap ideas for love

After cheap ways to express your love? Read on…..

If you ask me, Valentines Day falls at a bad time of the year. The idea is that you spoil your loved one rotten with gifts and treats and get spoilt in return, but the reality is that you’re still skint after Christmas and at halfway through the month, your bank balance is PARTICULARLY low.

So if you want to be romantic any time of year without the expense, you have to be creative.

Because P and I are still in frugal mode, we don’t celebrate Valentines Day in extravagant fashion. (In fact, he has other plans that night! The cheek of it!) When we do come to celebrate it, we’ll hardly spend a thing.  How? Here’s my list of cheap ideas for romance:


Don’t buy cards for each other. They cost as much as a fiver each and because the message and sentiment of the card has been written by someone else and mass produced, how personal and romantic is it really?? Instead, you’re better off writing a note to your other half, putting it an envelope and giving that to them. You don’t have to be a world-class poet – you can even just list three things that you love about your other half, and that will be enough to make them smile. And it’s personal. And it’s free.


You don’t have to go out to be romantic, particularly if you’re trying to save money. Instead, plan a night in watching romantic films and get those films from your friends by posting a request on Facebook asap and arranging a romantic movie swap. I’m sure you’ll get a few that you haven’t seen.


Don’t cook. It’s stressful. And stress does not equal romance. Check out the supermarket for meal deals – they all have a good one. And to help you out here’s a lovely list of what’s on offer:

Asda: Get a starter, main, side, dessert, wine and a box of chocolates for £15

M&S: Get a starter, main, side, dessert, prosecco or wine and chocolates for £20

Morrisons: Get a starter, main, side, dessert and a bottle of wine or fizz for £15

Tesco: Get two mains, two sides, two desserts and a bottle of wine or Prosecco or chocolates for £20

Waitrose: Get a three course meal for two and fizz for £20


If you have a very sweet tooth, try a homemade fondue, by melting a big bar of dairy milk, and dipping marshmallows and berries and grapes into it.  Total price: £3.07. Yum!


Don’t set budgets for gifts because while it means you won’t spend lots, you won’t manage to get them anything decent either. Big waste of money. Instead, sit down together and choose a luxury gift that you each want – such as diamond earrings or a football season ticket – and then the romantic gesture is that your other half saves up to get you it by Valentines Day next year. You’ll feel excited about the gift you’re getting, satisfaction that it’s something you truly want and deep appreciation of the trouble your other half has gone to in saving up for it. Who cares if you have to wait a while?!

And then…..it’s bed. And if you need help in that area, then you need a different kind of blog.

So there you have it, 5 very simple cheap ideas for romance! Love you….