Valentine’s Day is one day of the year when every man is expected to be romantic, regardless of financial circumstances.
On a low budget, Valentine’s Day can be a struggle. The price of flowers goes up, none more so than red roses.
Even restaurants normally deserted on a Thursday night run ‘special price’ (read more expensive) events. And, every shop has something ‘romantic’ to sell you. The trouble is, you do not have the cash.
Even if you think that you cannot afford to splash out on Valentine’s this year, do not sweat it. You do not need money to buy romance. The best thing about romance is you cannot buy it. Romance is in the thought and the deed, not material things.
If that sounds a bit idealistic, then check out this romantic itinerary. It is proof that you can do Valentine’s for free. So here it is, our itinerary for a free romantic Valentine’s Day for her:
1. Send Flowers
Getting a bunch of roses and sending them to your lover would definitely be one of the best ways to show your love. Flowers also say a lot about you. By sending them to your beloved, you are giving him/her a chance to feel that he/she is special to you.
If you are really unable to spend on the flowers then sending flowers is a good idea as you can send it by simply writing a nice love letter and enclosing it with the flowers. You can also spend a bit of your pocket money to buy them so that you can also make your Valentine happy.
2. Make her card.
You can download free card designs online and print them on your home printer – just Google “make Valentine’s Day card”. Otherwise, why not turn a favourite picture of the pair of you into a card? Alternatively, you could stretch your budget to a card, surely?
3. Rent a movie, or go to the cinema
If you guys don’t want to spend a lot on a date, you can watch a movie or go to the cinema. What I mean by this is that if you’re planning on watching a movie with your partner, you can do this at home. However, if you want to see a new movie, you should get a movie from the cinema. I am not saying that you should go to the cinema just to spend a fortune, but if you’re going to spend a fortune, you should consider going to the cinema. Just know that the cinema is quite expensive. However, I will say that you can enjoy watching movies at home. If you don’t have a lot of money, you can spend it on this date instead of giving money to the cinema.
4. Surprise with her tea, coffee or breakfast in bed and the news she does have work today.
Breakfast in bed is easy. Rustle up something she would not normally have time for, like scrambled eggs. Lay the tray out properly with juice, napkins (kitchen towel?), etc., if you have them. Imagine what you would get in a good hotel and improvise.
5. Have a romantic dinner at home
Let’s start with the most easiest one for you guys. First thing first, you should book a date at home. Now, whether you guys are single or married, you can celebrate Valentine’s Day by going home and having dinner together. You don’t have to spend a lot to do this. If you are on a tight budget, then you can go to the neighborhood restaurant.
6. While she is in the shower, spring into action.
Make the bed (something you have probably not done in a while?!). Wash the dishes and tidy up the kitchen after your cooking exploits. She will be amazed (and thankful) when she emerges from the bathroom, and everything is done.
7. Have something for the day planned.
If it is a nice day, is there somewhere scenic you can walk? Can you get to a free attraction like a museum or art gallery? Check your local newspaper for free events anything that might interest her? Just make sure you pack the sandwiches!
8. Give her time to freshen up.
And, spruce yourself up too. Give yourselves time to dress properly for dinner. You may not be going out, but you should still make an effort. Encourage her to as well. Remember to tell her she looks fabulous.
9. It is evening, and guess what — you are cooking!
Make it special. Get some candles, set the table, and sort the music and the mood. Remember, 80% of this one is the ambience, not what she eats or where she is. Watch those familiar walls fade into the shadows by candlelight. Do not get too drunk.
Get upstairs and prepare the bedroom first. Candlelight and music again. Remember, this is a message, not foreplay. If your massage technique is lousy, get a book from the library. If she wants to take it further (sexually), that is up to her. Do not spoil the mood by coming on strong.
So, there are the basics, proving it is possible to have a virtually cost-free Valentine’s Day and still be romantic. It is up to you to fill in the detail and add those special things you know your partner will appreciate. The most important thing is you start planning now. Otherwise, you are going to end up having to spend your way out of the doghouse!