Recession romance

By: Health Local Staff Feb 03, 2012
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Valentine's Day doesn't need to cost you an "arm and a leg". Here are some inexpensive and romantic ideas your sweetie will love!

Times are pretty tough out there. Unemployment is high, jobs are scarce and morale is low. If you’re like most of us, you’re just trying to keep your head above water. Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and all that you can find in your pocket is a little bit of loose change and a whole lot of lint. You don’t want to appear to be a cheapskate, but you really can’t afford to spend boatloads of money you just don’t have to show your partner/spouse how deep your love is.

Stop, breathe and wipe the sweat from your brow! First of all, the love of your life doesn’t gauge your love by how many dollars you spent on him or her. This doesn’t mean that you are off the hook, but it does mean that you’ll have to be a little more creative this year. Here are a couple of suggestions how you can save face and look like the most romantic broke bloke or centless chica.

Personalized Music Album
Creating a personalized playlist of songs that reminds you of your loved one is not only clever, but romantic as well. After putting a list of songs together you can burn the playlist onto a CD. Go the extra mile and design your own disc label and album cover to go with the CD. A personalized CD is a gift that can be listened to and cherished for a lifetime.

Breakfast in Bed
Breakfast in bed is a thoughtful, timeless way to express your love. Wake up early and make your spouse their favorite breakfast dish. Serve it to them in bed. If he or she is not much of a morning person you may want to consider cooking dinner for them instead. An eat-in, candle-lit, dinner for two can be accomplished without spending much at all. If you have children you can feed them and send them off to bed early. Make the night all about you and your lover.

Handwritten Gifts
What better way is there to show your love than by handwritten words? Write a special love letter, poem, or song dedicated to the one you love in your best handwriting. You could present it in a decorated envelope, a hand-made card, or inside of a frame. Think about things your partner could use help with around the house or what they like to be pampered with. Create a coupon booklet of I.O.U.s with those ideas. He or she can redeem the coupons at any time and the gift could last all year.

Living Room Date-Night
A living room date-night with movies and homemade popcorn costs less than a trip to the movie theatre. It also offers the convenience of comfortable seating with plenty of cuddle room. You can rent movies from the nearest movie rentals store or stream them instantly with today’s variety of Internet and TV services.

As you can see it is definitely possible to impress your spouse and have a memorable Valentine’s Day without spending “an arm and a leg”. Remember these ideas and you will enjoy your special day this year and for many years to come. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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