St Valentine’s Day on a Budget

‘Love is a many splendoured thing’. ‘Love lifts us up where we belong.’ ‘All you need is love.’

None of these romantic songs claim that love is expensive, so why should we spend a fortune expressing it on St Valentine’s Day?

February 14 will soon be here and our hearts will no-doubt beat faster at the price of red roses and boxes of chocolates as much as being with the one we love.

So how can you make it a day of romance on a budget and less of a financial Valentine’s massacre?

Here are some budget-friendly tips that won’t break the bank:

1. A Night Away: If you shop around you’ll be surprised at the amount of romantic getaway deals on the market. Take a look at for a break within your budget

2. Plan a Romantic Dinner at Home: Dust off your cookbooks and make a meal at home to avoid the sky-high prices and the obligatory cringe-worthy couples’ night. Lots of supermarkets will have meal deals on for those who find cooking a challenge. Aldi and Iceland have launched some of the cheapest meal-deals of all

3. Cut the cost of gifts: Use and get money off Valentine’s orders. Remember to shop around online too

4. Don’t overpay to say it with flowers: You can expect the cost of red roses to sky-rocket on Valentine’s Day. Budget supermarkets can be cost-effective all year-round or you could get a rose bush for an enduring reminder of your love!

5. Find something free to do: If the weather is on your side how about a romantic walk taking in Wales’ stunning coast and hillsides? Wales’ has a wonderful (and romantic!) landscape to enjoy, so why not take a walk across the coastline or enjoy the mountain air at Snowdonia  or the Brecon Beacons . And don’t forget Wales’ free museums and galleries.

6. Get creative: According to legend, love notes were the very first Valentine gifts, so you don’t have to spend £5 on a card covered in pink roses and teddy bears. Why not write a dozen love notes and put them around the house for your partner to find? Or make a card of your own – it will mean more coming from the heart.

7. Film night without the cinema prices: Why not have a cosy night in? Buy your favourite treats like popcorn, chocolate or a bottle of wine and cuddle up on the sofa. You could even put together a film show of your own priceless, special moments together.

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