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Valentine's Day Thriftiness

This week has seen Valentine's day come and go and with it, a storm of news and ideas about how to have the most romantic of celebrations with loved ones.

We have trawled through a number in order to boost our own brownie points and thought we would share some of the best ideas from Money-saving blogger Miss Thrifty, who has shared her top tips for wining, dining and romancing on a budget. (Read more from Miss Thrifty, HERE)

Make it a day to remember
Valentine’s Day can be expensive, but don’t feel that you have to splash out on sumptuous gifts and a lavish meal because these are the ‘done things’. A homemade Valentine’s Day doesn’t just save money, it also allows you to use your imagination and create a day that is as special and memorable as it is romantic.
My husband and I once took time off work to have a Valentine’s picnic in our local park. It was unusual, but we wrapped up warm and took homemade soups in thermos flasks and homemade bread fresh from the oven. We had the place almost to ourselves and had much more fun than we would have done squashed an overcrowded, overpriced restaurant with countless other couples.

Romantic meals don’t have to be expensive

Even if you are having Valentine’s Day at home this year, dress as if you were at the grandest restaurant in town. The same goes for the dinner table. Touches such as white linen napkins aren’t expensive, but if you don’t have anything suitable, beg and borrow for the night. You may find that older neighbours and family members have some retro treasures in their cupboards, from printed tablecloths to vintage candelabra.
 

Friday, 17th February 2012

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