Je t'aime... The Great 'how to have a romantic Valentine's on a budget' Hunt

Former_MSE_Debs
Former_MSE_Debs Posts: 890 Forumite
The Great 'how to have a romantic Valentine's on a budget' Hunt

Let's not over-commercialise Valentine's Day. Roses, chocolates and candlelit dinners might earn brownie points, but they can come with an unromantic price tag. How do you treat your loved one without breaking the bank?


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  • A home cooked meal, surprise your other half by doing the chores they'e normally responsible for (i know i'd appreciate that!), run them a relaxing bath, give home made gifts eg a photo album of the two of you. Thoughtful gestures mean a lot more than flashy expensive ones.
  • A date night in. Both dress as though you are going out - relaxing bath first. Then have a nice meal (supermarkets do dine in for £10 deals) or just drinks and snacks as though you were in a restaurant or pub. No TV on - just background music and conversation. Nice box of chocolates. Simples!
    Ivan
    :happyhear
  • tain
    tain Posts: 711 Forumite
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    Every year since we met I've done a salt baked sea bass for dinner. Every year it goes a bit wrong and the fish ends up far too salty to be edible, but every year it gets a little better than last. Kind of a cute game we play (and the backup dinner that I have to make in a panic).

    Salt & fish only cost about £6 from the supermarket, so never breaks the bank.

    Other than that - just doing something different, whatever it is, makes it a better day/evening. Even going to a different cinema than usual counts.
  • ArthurDent
    ArthurDent Posts: 4 Newbie
    edited 29 January 2014 at 3:26PM
    On Valentine's Day some people's thoughts might turn to love, but the cost of condoms can be a passion killer. It is worth contacting the local Family Planning, (or Contraceptive and sexual health), service for free supplies. They normally offer free condoms for all comers, (ahem, cough), men or women, all ages.
  • DomRavioli
    DomRavioli Posts: 3,136 Forumite
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    Just don't bother with it? I've never "done" valentine's day, I feel it a bit of a rip off.
  • Faith177
    Faith177 Posts: 2,927 Forumite
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    Asda have some great fake rose petals and heart confetti for a £1 and some heart candle tealights £2
    First Date 08/11/2008, Moved In Together 01/06/2009, Engaged 01/01/10, Wedding Day 27/04/2013, Baby Moshie due 29/06/2019 :T
  • DigForVictory
    DigForVictory Posts: 11,905 Forumite
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    I've found a love note in my boot, and wandered around with a big dumb grin on my face all day...

    (Had it been in my wallet I might have missed it competely.)

    Car key, bus pass, pedestal locker key, door key, tucked in the brassiere laid out for next day... wherever your beloved has a good chance of finding the blasted thing.

    Nice paper if you can, spelled correctly if only for the shock/ awe/ novelty...
  • Stephb1986_2
    Stephb1986_2 Posts: 6,279 Forumite
    Me and my partner are pyrotechnician's and on valentines day this year we should be doing a display for the Danny Nightingale ball. So we will miss out this year :( but I guess we can do something on the Saturday instead.

    Steph xx
  • StixUK
    StixUK Posts: 94 Forumite
    Stephb1986 wrote: »
    Me and my partner are pyrotechnician's and on valentines day this year we should be doing a display for the Danny Nightingale ball. So we will miss out this year :( but I guess we can do something on the Saturday instead.

    Steph xx



    Maybe a big PYRO heart in the SKY..sneak it in there!
  • Ashagill
    Ashagill Posts: 53 Forumite
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    edited 3 February 2014 at 9:50PM
    People always bring up homemade vouchers on here, until this year I'd never thought of it as a particularly good idea. Except that over Christmas I bought vouchers on groupon, livingsocial and wowcher for people, but I didn't want them to know how cheap they were (hey, the treatment's the same!) so I went on word and looked on the templates and made my own voucher with all the info of the treatment, with address and how to book and expiry date. Printing it at work (;)) on card and sticking it in a nice envelope.

    Because of how nice the templates were/easy they were to adapt I had the idea to make my boyfriend some vouchers for V-day, but really specific to our relationship. So while other couples enjoy massages and home cooked food, it's not that special to us, however a voucher ~"allowing HIM to pick the film we watch with no argument from me"~ will go down well. (must include an expiry date!) and a voucher ~"Two hours of Resident Evil in our pants"~ or a ~"Restaurant trump card"~ (His choice without question) will also go down well.

    Homemade, thoughtful gifts can go down well if they are specific to the relationship...
    :love: :kisses3:
    :happyhear :blushing:
    :heartpuls :dance:
    ILOVESMILIES.
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