Don't nix special Valentine's Day plans just because you're short on cash. You can still have fun (and a little romance!) on a tight budget.
• Instead of going to the movies:
After buying two tickets, popcorn and a drink, a date to the movies can cost you over $40. Cuddling on the sofa is much more comfortable that sitting in the theater's seat, so why not make your own movie night? Try renting a new-release DVD or choose an old favorite, pick up movie theatre sized candy at the drug store and be sure to pop your own popcorn!
• Instead of going out to dinner:
Rather than going out to dinner, where the meals, drinks, tax and tip can drain your wallet, enjoy a cozy night in for two. Recreate the restaurant experience at home with a candlelit table for two and get dressed up as if you were going out. For the meal serve an easy appetizer, simple salad, then for the main course choose one of your favorite meals.
• Instead of lavish gifts:
Think of something more sentimental and special between you both rather than overspending on jewelry, sweaters or other gifts. Thoughtful, inexpensive gifts might include a photo album of just your favorite moments together or a certificate they'd appreciate. Who wouldn't cherish a 30-minute back-rub or a night off from washing dishes?
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