How to Spend Valentine’s Day When You are On a Budget

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February is coming, and so is Valentine’s Day. Couples are now starting to plan what city or country they are going to visit, and what gifts they are going to give each other. Red is going to be the favourite colour for sure, and flowers are going to be in demand. Valentine’s is not only for couples, though. You can celebrate it with your family and friends, or even your pets - it doesn’t really matter as long as you get to spend it with the one/s you love.

Valentine’s Day shouldn’t always be grand, as opposed to what everybody believes. You can show your love and affection for your other half or loved ones through simple efforts or through small, memorable gifts. If you’re on a budget but still want to make the the 14th of February special for both you and your partner, then you have come to the right place.

Whip a special breakfast for your special someone.

If you are into cooking, then you will definitely enjoy this one. It doesn’t have to be something fancy - it can simply be his or her favorite pasta or meal. Like the old saying goes, “it’s the thought that counts” - and this one seems to always apply for everyone. You can even add a special touch by writing a special letter to make them feel appreciated, or offer to do the chores for the day. Trust me, these simple gestures will make your partner smile.

Watch a movie at home.

Rewatch your favorite flick and reminisce about the first time you have watched it together. Memories bring people closer together, and realizing that you are still together after a long time is such an achievement that you both want to celebrate. You can also try seeing a new movie and savour the moment that you are in. Make some popcorn or buy a bottle of wine to make the day even more special.

Buy less extravagant gifts.

As stated earlier, Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be expensive. If you want to give an expensive gift and you can afford it, then by all means, do it. But if you are looking for meaningful but affordable gifts, then try being resourceful and do your research. For example, if you really, really want to surprise your partner by buying her a car, then why not lease a car in Sydney instead. Alpha Finance has car lease branches in Sydney or a city near you. If you want to buy them a new phone, then try looking for a second hand one. It’s just all about being resourceful.

Forget the flowers.

Sure, you want to make your girl feel special, but flowers usually cost so much that it’s not practical anymore. If your girl is into flowers though, then you can get her one stem and do something special with it - like out it in between your teeth when giving it, or singing her favourite song while walking towards her. Another alternative is picking out the flowers yourself. If you or a friend has a garden with flowers (it doesn’t have to be a rose or a tulip, or anything fancy), then pick some out then give it to your girl. This will probably be more appreciated than just buying flowers and handing it to her.

DIY is always the way to go.

You may have heard this advice a million times and you’re getting tired of it, but it’s most probably the best idea for Valentine’s Day - especially when you’re on a budget. Instead of buying a card, make your own personalized one. Make a mixtape even if it’s not the latest fad anymore - the effort will make your partner feel special in every way.

Whatever it is that you’re planning on this special day, make sure you do not go way over budget. Good luck and happy Valentine’s Day, lovers!