It is that time of year again. The day on the calendar especially designed to show your significant other how much you love them. Of course we need to do that everyday, but on February 14th we like to kick it up a notch. How can we do that without breaking the bank or mortgaging our future? Here are my top 5 ideas to get you started:
- Cook an expensive tasting dinner at home – Notice I said “tasting”. It doesn’t cost a lot of money to make an expensive tasting dinner at home, but would cost a small fortune if you bought the same dinner out. My favorite is my recipe for shrimp scampi. (You take a stick of butter, melt it on the bottom of a casserole dish, add a pound of shrimp (the smaller the better) and sprinkle with Italian dressing mix. Add a cut up lemon if you wish and bake at 350 degrees for 15-17 min). See how simple and inexpensive it is, but it is beyond yummy. You can also do lasagna or anything Italian and so much more. A great place to look for recipes is on Pinterest. Once dinner is cooked, set up a romantic table setting or have a picnic on the living room floor. Romance is not about spending money – it is about spending time together.
- Movie night – A night at the movies can cost two people $40 or more. And who needs the crowds to ruin the romance. Rent a movie, pop some popcorn, grab some wine, soda or water, and cuddle up on the couch. Even if you rent from your cable company this date will only cost around $6. And if you live in a colder climate like I do, you can add a fire and kick the romance up a notch.
- Skate your way to romance – Cold and warm climates alike generally have ice skating rinks around. Whether inside or out, join in the fun. Grab your cocoa, your partner and skate the night away. There is nothing more romantic than falling into your partner’s arms as you wobble around the rink.
- Take a dance class together – Most communities have a least one dance studio. Find one that offers couples dancing and join in the fun. The rumba screams romance and the salsa screams sexy – covering all your bases.
- Local events – This obviously will differ from community to community, but Valentine’s weekend is a great opportunity to get out and explore local events. My husband and I love the home show and this year it happens to be in Philly on Valentine’s weekend. For us, this is romance and only cost $8. Ask around, check your local newspaper, news shows and internet to find awesome events in your area that you can enjoy together.
These are my 5 favorite, but of course they are so many more things you can do that ooze romance without breaking the bank. I have found through my financial journey that the less something cost, the more meaningful it is. For example, a card from my husband is much more meaningful than candy, roses, jewelry, etc. because he went to the trouble to look through all of them to find the right one. There were many years that we couldn’t spend but just a few dollars on this commercial holiday and we learned that that is all we need to spend. Everyday is about loving your spouse, everyday is about romance and you don’t need to spend a fortune just because the calendar says you should.
Happy Valentine’s Day – wishing you a lifetime of love, romance, and happiness!