Spill the beans... on your best free romantic memories

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MoneySavers do it on the cheap, but with love. With a creaking economy many are struggling and Valentine's Day is coming up. So to help inspire others, please share your best free romance memories.



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  • vcb1981
    vcb1981 Posts: 41 Forumite
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    Not really that exciting but me and my husband write a lot of poems to each other. Some are romantic and serious, some are funny and light-hearted. Once you decided what type you want to do and get you 1st 2 lines it just rolls of the toungue! Some i worked on for ages (for our wedding) and others just get sent via text or email to make the other smile :-)

    Good free fun and you know that they are really personal and a possible ideal for V day!
  • bladesuk1
    bladesuk1 Posts: 5 Forumite
    edited 7 February 2012 at 5:44PM
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    [FONT=&quot]...and i have some origami skills from a misspent childhood. so i made my wife a dozen white paper roses. i'm still getting brownie points for this several years later :)[/FONT]
  • MSE_Jenny
    MSE_Jenny Posts: 1,312 MSE Staff
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    Just a heads up that we are creating some new printable free Valentine’s gift cheques for next week (just like our free Christmas gift cheques).

    So if anyone also has any ideas on nice things to do for your loved-one without spending – while remembering this is a family site ;-) – that would be fab. We will collate them in the new guide.

    Thank you!
    Jenny
  • vcb1981
    vcb1981 Posts: 41 Forumite
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    We also (not free but cheap and personal) take it in turns to cook each other a 3 course meal instead of going out for a meal. It's fun, personal and you can eat what ever you want! We have theme nights (chinese, american, etc) and the other person gets waited on. all in the comfort of you own home.

    Seeing MSE Jenny's message reminds me that I have also done "love coupns" for hubby. wont mention some on here ;-) but included back rubs, a night of his action movies, cooking a meal, doing all the house work for a week (no change there then!!), making breakfast in bed on a sunday, etc etc. loads of ideas!!
  • fundingadviser
    fundingadviser Posts: 1 Newbie
    edited 2 February 2012 at 5:25PM
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    My best ever Valentine's Day present was a year after I took on my allotment. Hubby kept disappearing furtively for an hour or two in the week before the big day. On Valentine's morning, he led me proudly to the plot, and presented me with a very nifty double chamber compost bin, constructed entirely from rescued timber pallets. It was exactly the thing I'd been dreaming of. A grand cost of..um...£nil, and they're still going strong 10 years later! Who says romance is dead?!
  • Shk21
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    A boyfriend once filled the garden with candles and surprised me with a candlelit picnic on a warm night, not suitable for this weather I know, but sure it would have been just as lovely if it was done indoors.

    I also had a valentine sent to me in French once, as I speak only a little, it took me a little while before I found out what it said, but was such a sweet message it was worth the effort. It's just a shame I never found out who sent it!!

    Last one is my husband once surprised me on a birthday, I came downstairs to find the place filled with balloons, he'd been up for hours doing it and looked pretty exhausted! but it really meant to world to me, more than expensive presents!
  • theresacoo
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    I got a kilmer jar and wrapped red ribbon round it.
    You could use any old jar though.
    Then filled it with little pieces of paper with why I love my husband on them.

    Once you get going, you can think of loads.

    My husband loved it because id put a lot of thought into it.

    It cost me next to nothing too.

    Also, we do this at Xmas you applies to valentines.

    Keep last years valentines card his and hers, then write a short note in the card for that year.

    It's nice to see what you have written over the years and saves a lot on cards !
  • katyboo123
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    Ok, so this was 12 years ago but still goes down in history as a very cute, romantic memory.

    I had just started 6th form college. It was an 11-18 school actually, so everyone there had grown up together, except me as I'd come from a different school. It was also RC, so faith (or loathing for the faith), plus childhood memories bound everyone together and I was super nervous, being CofE and also not from the school... did I mention that already? Anyways, in my first few weeks I got a lot of attention as the new girl and at a few of our 6th form dances I got asked out by a couple of guys - but they just didn't interest me. Eventually one guy, who I'd not even noticed asked me out and I, as usual, said no - but he was so confident and funny and he said one day, you and me will be together I can just tell. I laughed it off.

    In form class one day we had to do this really rubbishy task and draw a picture of ourselves in our happiest place - our utopia. It was supposed to invoke some kind of self awareness I just thought it was a great chance to draw rather than study A Level French which was kind of taking its toll at this point... :rotfl: A few of us then had to describe the place where we had drawn ourselves. I drew (and got picked to stand up and describe) myself, wrapped up in lots of layers, scarf, hat, mittens, boots on Redcar beach completely alone, with not another soul on the beach - it was Winter after all (in my pic!). I'd drawn the sun shining down and the wind in my hair. I explained that I loved the clarity the fresh Winter's air gave me and the peace and serenity I felt being alone in such a vast space. Someone giggled at the cr*p I'd spouted the picture went in the bin and off we went to next lesson.

    A few months later I started going out with that cheeky chap, and on Valentine's Day when we'd been going out about 2 months, he called me at 6am to tell me to get dressed, wrap up and meet him at the train station. I did so obediently and I had no idea what for! (obviously you have probably guessed by now) He took me to that same beach and handed me the picture I'd drawn, slightly crumpled rescued from the bin, he told me it was the most beautiful thing he'd heard anyone say and that it had made him pursue me more than just my nice bum (oh how I wish I could turn back the clock :rotfl:). Awwww... He brought a flask and sandwiches and we sat on the beach on our own for what seemed like an age. I thought wow, he's so perfect, and it only cost our train fare (in those days it was about £2.50 return!)

    We went out for 2 years, but that memory will probably last a life time... :)
  • katyboo123
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    theresacoo wrote: »
    I got a kilmer jar and wrapped red ribbon round it.
    You could use any old jar though.
    Then filled it with little pieces of paper with why I love my husband on them.

    Once you get going, you can think of loads.

    My husband loved it because id put a lot of thought into it.

    It cost me next to nothing too.

    Also, we do this at Xmas you applies to valentines.

    Keep last years valentines card his and hers, then write a short note in the card for that year.

    It's nice to see what you have written over the years and saves a lot on cards !

    That is absolutely the cutest thing I have heard. A kind of Journal approach to card giving. I'm copying that idea right now, like you wouldn't believe! X
  • katyboo123
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    My best ever Valentine's Day present was a year after I took on my allotment. Hubby kept disappearing furtively for an hour or two in the week before the big day. On Valentine's morning, he led me proudly to the plot, and presented me with a very nifty double chamber compost bin, constructed entirely from rescued timber pallets. It was exactly the thing I'd been dreaming of. A grand cost of..um...£nil, and they're still going strong 10 years later! Who says romance is dead?!

    Very funny :rotfl:
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