Feel the love with these budget ideas for Valentine’s Day

When it comes to celebrating Valentine’s Day, remember it’s the thought that counts.

Cupid’s arrow can still pierce your heart without damaging your bank balance by following these easy tips:

  • If you enjoy cooking then why not rustle up your favourite meal for two at home? Most of the leading supermarkets including M&S, Tesco and Sainsbury’s are offering meal deals for around the £20, but if that’s stretching the budget Asda have a £15 deal, Co-op are £8, while Aldi have one at just £7. There’s a great round up of all the deals here: https://www.prima.co.uk/all-recipes/food-news/a37638/valentines-meal-deals/  
  • One of the most expensive Valentine’s Day gifts is chocolate and flowers. It’s probably a good idea to stay away from red roses, which can be hugely expensive, so why not consider buying a rose bush for the garden which will flower every year rather than die in a vase after a week? Discount supermarkets are a good place to find chocolates and flowers at pocket friendly prices, but if you want to make a grand gesture, there’s a discount 12 per cent code for Interflora here: https://discountcode.mirror.co.uk/interflora
  • If you’re thinking of a romantic break, then look online for the best budget deals available. While Valentine’s Day is expensive, February is otherwise decidedly out of season – so there will be plenty of deals this month if you don’t have to go away immediately. Why not print a photograph of the destination and write a love note on it which your partner can open on Valentine’s Day?
  • A movie night is always a great way to spend time together. Valentine’s evening may be peak time at your cinema, but if you’re happy to stay in, Netflix offers a free month’s, no obligation trial – just don’t forget to cancel before they start charging if you don’t want to continue after the first month: https://www.netflix.com/signup.
  • Valentine’s Day is also the chance to become “artsy” and make something for your loved one. You can make a masterpiece by stringing together some of those romantic emails you still have on your computer. Have you thought about writing secret love notes and hiding them around the house, in your partner’s pockets or briefcase so they find them during the day?

Valentines is about love and sharing so don’t let it become another financial worry.


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