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    • MSE Martin
    • By MSE Martin 31st Jan 06, 10:22 AM
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    Great Valentine's Day Hunt
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    • 31st Jan 06, 10:22 AM
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    Great Valentine's Day Hunt 31st Jan 06 at 10:22 AM
    THIS GREAT HUNT WAS ORIGINALLY STARTED IN 2006, SO SOME OF THE LINKS OR PRODUCTS MAY BE OUT OF DATE, YET MOST OF THE IDEAS ARE BUILT TO LAST.


    All those choccys, roses and candlelit dinners might earn you brownie points, but they can come with a rather unromantic price tag attached.

    The aim of this great hunt is to collect a database of the best ways to treat your loved-one without the two of you fighting over money til May. I want MoneySavers to share their tips on how to get the sloppiest cards, tastiest chocs and most romantic flowers, all at the best price. Even better, as the best things in life are free, please post suggestions on ways to show you care for nowt.

    Please include:

    *The treat

    *How much?

    *Where can you get it?

    Last edited by MSE Martin; 06-02-2007 at 4:58 PM.
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  • zippybungle
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    • 31st Jan 06, 10:25 AM
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    • 31st Jan 06, 10:25 AM
    Tesco have 20% off all Boxed Chocolates at the moment.
    • Glad
    • By Glad 31st Jan 06, 10:31 AM
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    Glad
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    • 31st Jan 06, 10:31 AM
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    • 31st Jan 06, 10:31 AM
    LIDL have some lovely things in from Feb 6th, including

    wild roses table firework £2.99

    his/hers heart keyrings £1.99

    and various mushy dvd's for £4.99
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  • fuzzyrazer
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    • 31st Jan 06, 11:01 AM
    How it all began.
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    • 31st Jan 06, 11:01 AM
    The origin of Valentine's Day
    Valentine was a priest in Rome in the third century, during the rule of the emperor Claudius the Second. A lot of wars were breaking out in the Roman Empire, but not enough men were joining the army. The married men wanted to stay with their families, so the emperor decided to ban marriage and forced the men to get ready to go off to war. Many couples went to Valentine asking to be married, and he continued to perform the ceremony secretly. Eventually the emperor heard about what was happening and sent his soldiers to arrest Valentine. Valentine was killed in prison on 14th February 270. He was later made a saint, and represents the ideas of love and sacrifice.
    It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice.

    "A bargain is something you can't use at a price you can't resist."
  • fuzzyrazer
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    • 31st Jan 06, 11:17 AM
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    • 31st Jan 06, 11:17 AM
    The origin of Valentine's Day
    Valentine was a priest in Rome in the third century, during the rule of the emperor Claudius the Second. A lot of wars were breaking out in the Roman Empire, but not enough men were joining the army. The married men wanted to stay with their families, so the emperor decided to ban marriage and forced the men to get ready to go off to war. Many couples went to Valentine asking to be married, and he continued to perform the ceremony secretly. Eventually the emperor heard about what was happening and sent his soldiers to arrest Valentine. Valentine was killed in prison on 14th February 270. He was later made a saint, and represents the ideas of love and sacrifice.
    by fuzzyrazer

    I wonder how it got from that to this.... a very different gift....a pole.... Lastminute.com have some very very different pressies...adults only type thingy....


    http://www.lastminute.com/lmn/pso/catalog/Product.jhtml?POSITION=1&PRODID=398161151&CATID=10 2611
    It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice.

    "A bargain is something you can't use at a price you can't resist."
    • lisyloo
    • By lisyloo 31st Jan 06, 11:29 AM
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    • 31st Jan 06, 11:29 AM
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    • 31st Jan 06, 11:29 AM
    Aldi have some cheap valentines ladies underwear.
    Hold up stockings and gift sets.
    Have no idea what they are like, but generally they are very good value.
    • Smiley_Mum
    • By Smiley_Mum 31st Jan 06, 1:49 PM
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    • 31st Jan 06, 1:49 PM
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    • 31st Jan 06, 1:49 PM
    You could make up a CD of his/her favourite songs and design your own label/cover etc. Not sure how much it would cost, £5 perhaps, not sure.

    The theatre, plays, opera etc. Plenty offers through this link...

    http://www.whatsonstage.com/dl/page.php?page=comp
    Last edited by Smiley_Mum; 31-01-2006 at 2:01 PM.
    “Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.” - Oscar Wilde
    • Smiley_Mum
    • By Smiley_Mum 31st Jan 06, 2:24 PM
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    • 31st Jan 06, 2:24 PM
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    • 31st Jan 06, 2:24 PM
    The Treat -

    Silver Rolo (you could always put in a genuine edible pack too).

    Sterling Silver Loveheart (you could always put in a genuine edible pack too).


    How Much -

    £38.90 for the Silver Rolo which includes standard delivery. Other types of delivery available.

    £27.98 for the Sterling Silver Love Heart which includes £2.99 for standard delivery. Other types of delivery available.


    Where you can get it -

    Silver Rolo.
    http://www.firebox.com/index.html?dir=firebox&action=product&pid=739

    Sterling Silver Love Heart.
    http://www.thedoghouse.co.uk/ProductDetails.asp?GiftId=!!4A16A662-575E-491B-A289-0E06D90B79A4}
    Last edited by Smiley_Mum; 31-01-2006 at 7:46 PM.
    “Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.” - Oscar Wilde
    • Smiley_Mum
    • By Smiley_Mum 31st Jan 06, 2:27 PM
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    • 31st Jan 06, 2:27 PM
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    • 31st Jan 06, 2:27 PM
    The Treat (it's a best seller so you better be quick).

    Edible bra (made in a style like the dolly bracelets with sugar candy).

    http://www.iwantoneofthose.com/search.do?productCode=CANBRA&CMP=KNC-Google


    There is a G-string to match but can't recall if Woolworths just do the bra or both.

    http://www.iwantoneofthose.com/search.do?productCode=CANGAR

    http://www.shedesires.co.uk/home/index.php?m=shop&catid=84

    How Much -

    £4.99 if my memory serves me right.

    Where you can get it -

    Woolworths or from the links above.
    Last edited by Smiley_Mum; 31-01-2006 at 2:41 PM.
    “Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.” - Oscar Wilde
    • Smiley_Mum
    • By Smiley_Mum 31st Jan 06, 2:55 PM
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    This is cool - GOT TO POST ASAP THOUGH
    The Treat -

    Buy your card now and mail it out to Loveland, Colorado for extra special treatment. Your card will be postmarked LOVEland, Colorado and it will also be hand-stamped with a unique four line poem.
    The Loveland Chamber of Commerce heads up this yearly romance project with cards going to all 50 states and over 100 foreign countries annually.

    It’s simple. Just enclose your pre-addressed, pre-stamped Valentine’s card in a larger envelope and mail to: Postmaster, Attn: Valentines, Loveland CO 80537

    You can also send it to postmasters of these cities too:

    Valentine, Texas 79854

    Valentine, Nebraska 69201

    Kissimmee, Florida 32741

    Loving, New Mexico 88256

    Bridal Veil, Oregon 97010

    Romance, Arkansas 72136


    How much -

    The cost of the Valentines Day card, pre stamped and an envelope/packet big enough for it to fit in.

    Hopefully someone will take a chance and post their card early to see if it will be sent back in time. Perhaps buy another card to be on the safe side, just incase. Florida would be nearest for UK.

    There is more info here too...

    http://www.loveland.org/news/index.cgi?action=story&story_ID=28

    http://www.withlovefromloveland.com/card_remail_from_loveland.shtml
    Last edited by Smiley_Mum; 31-01-2006 at 3:12 PM.
    “Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.” - Oscar Wilde
    • Smiley_Mum
    • By Smiley_Mum 31st Jan 06, 3:36 PM
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    THE PICKLE PUCKER JAR

    Last year at valentine's, I got a big glass pickle jar from a restaurant, scrubbed it clean, and painted the jar with flowers, hearts, sunshine, clouds, etc.
    Then I got a bunch of "fancy" doodle pads and began writing reasons & reminders of how & why I love my husband. It didn't stop there-- I began collecting little poems, quotes, and song lyrics to add to the pot.

    When my husband is having a rough day he can open the lid and reach in for a "boost". This jar was easy to make and VERY personal, and he enjoys it year around. I love to collect stuff for the jar as well!


    Perhaps you may be able to pick up one of those jars with the flip up glass lids and rubber seals, do the same thing. You could pick up window paints quite cheaply some place.

    http://froogle.google.co.uk/froogle?hl=en&show=dd&q=groovy+glass+painting&scor ing=p

    Cheapest seems to be Swotbooks at £5.09 including delivery for a glass painting kit.
    “Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.” - Oscar Wilde
    • Smiley_Mum
    • By Smiley_Mum 31st Jan 06, 4:10 PM
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    The Treat -

    Chocolate covered strawberries.

    How much -

    Tescos have strawberries at £1.99 for 400g just now, hopefully they'll still be around in a few weeks. You could use marshmallows too I suppose. Good quality chocolate for melting, Lindt & Sprungli at £1.20 per 100g or 25p for Tesco Value for the same amount.

    Where can you get it -

    Most supermarkets.

    Here's what to do.

    http://www.ivillage.co.uk/food/partyfood/Picnics/articles/0,,177270_178510-5,00.html
    “Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.” - Oscar Wilde
    • Smiley_Mum
    • By Smiley_Mum 31st Jan 06, 4:35 PM
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    If you can't afford to buy roses, then send a virtual one for zilch click on the link below for more details.

    http://www.virtualroses.co.uk/vrose/
    “Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.” - Oscar Wilde
  • melancholly
    The Treat (it's a best seller so you better be quick).

    Edible bra (made in a style like the dolly bracelets with sugar candy).

    http://www.iwantoneofthose.com/search.do?productCode=CANBRA&CMP=KNC-Google


    There is a G-string to match but can't recall if Woolworths just do the bra or both.

    http://www.iwantoneofthose.com/search.do?productCode=CANGAR

    http://www.shedesires.co.uk/home/index.php?m=shop&catid=84

    How Much -

    £4.99 if my memory serves me right.

    Where you can get it -

    Woolworths or from the links above.
    by Smiley_Mum
    they do both..... i just happened to notice when i was looking for something else honest
  • stuarhy
    Suck UK Sterling Silver Love Heart
    I'll be interested to see how much the Suck UK Sterling Silver Love Heart
    costs after Valentines. I purchased one 6 weeks ago from Firebox for £14.95. They are currently selling it for £24.95. Several retailers are also selling it for around £25.00 (including Suck UK).
    Is this price just to make extra money over Valentines or was i just very fortunate? We shall see!
  • lcparkinson
    I did this for Christmas, and it went down a treat!

    Clear glass jar (charity shop 50p)
    365 paper/silver/gold hearts from Ebay (about £3-4)
    with 365 little messages on them (a few hours of thinking)
    400 mini heart chocolates (Chocolate Trading Co mail order £4)

    One year long jar of love with a few extra choccies for bad days!
    Could be even cheaper if you cut all the hearts out yourself.
    • Smiley_Mum
    • By Smiley_Mum 31st Jan 06, 9:07 PM
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    Hello to you both.
    Hi and welcome to Moneysaving Expert.com. If you need any assistance you just have to ask, everyone on here is very helpful and will do what they can for you. See you around the boards.
    “Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.” - Oscar Wilde
  • VCE_in_Fornax
    Brilliant ideas, Smiley Mum and ICparkinson!

    Last year found a cheque book of "Perfect Love Cheques" to be drawn on the Bank of Love, with promises on each cheque, valid from and to dates, and under the signature space "your devored lover". He loved it!!
    Price is £3.50, available from www.mombooks.com, although I bought it somewhere in a gift shop.

    Also good is the Orgasmatron, not as rude as it seems, but it's a brilliant head massager, and makes you giggle a lot!!!!
    Sorry can't remember price, I think I got it from Firebox or some of these online gift shops, sorry can't be more precise.

    Happy Valentine!
  • VCE_in_Fornax
    I meant "devoted" of course!!!!!!!!
    • clarkey1000
    • By clarkey1000 1st Feb 06, 8:48 AM
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    I did this at Christmas for my husband who is currently away:

    Printed off lots of little bits of paper that said "I love you" on them and put them in the box of presents / stocking / card. (he recently sent tham back to me in a card he sent me so he'll get them again for Valentines!)

    Wrapped up fridge magnets that spelt out "I Love You" which he now has up in his room.

    Trying to think of something similar for Valentines as don't want to spend too much money (saving for a house deposit) and a meal is out of the question due to the distance between us! And I know he won't really appreciate something like a £25 silver rolo (might just buy a packet, eat them & send him the last one! )
    Feb 14 GC - £89.37/£300
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