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Ah, Love!

February 12, 2009

It’s Valentine’s Day this weekend. Do you plan to give your main squeeze a squeeze? With the economy the way it is, chances are many people are feeling the squeeze on their wallets. (Don’t worry, this is an end to the puns now. I really can’t squeeze another one out anyway.)

Many people are leery of spending money on “Hallmark Holidays” and I can’t say as I blame them. I know my finances are tight. Besides, even if you don’t mind designating a special day for something that ought to be cherished every day, you don’t need money to measure your affection. I’m talking to men and women here; no one’s excused this week!

Six Ways to Make Romance on the Cheap

Make a Card
You don’t need to be an artist or a poet. Why buy someone else’s words, however clever you may think they might be, when you can use your own to tell your sweetheart just how you feel? You can get creative, too. Break out the construction paper and the ribbons and the glitter and the pinking shears and the beads and the… Well, you get the idea. It may feel like “arts and crafts,” but the end result will be well worth it.

Leave Love Notes
If you’re married or otherwise living together, scatter little love notes around the house for your sweetheart to find. Stick one under the toothpaste, on the orange juice, in a shoe. Write “I love you” on the mirror after a steamy shower. If you’re dating and live separately, you may need to get sneaky. Stick one under a windshield wiper. Give one to a co-worker to leave where it can be found. Send an e-card. Slip one in the mailbox or in the front door.

Create a Scavenger Hunt…
…and make yourself the object of the search! This will play out rather differently depending on the precise nature of your relationship (dating vs. married, living separately vs. living together, etc.), but with some creative thinking and a bit of planning, you can jump-start a very romantic Valentine’s Day.

Take a Hike!
Pick your favorite time of day (or night) and go for a walk. A local park or other nature trail can have nice scenery to take in, or you can find an upscale neighborhood to stroll through and admire the architecture there. If you live near a body of water, you can walk along the beach or the shore (although if you’re in the northern hemisphere and celebrating Valentine’s Day in the middle of winter, you probably would not want to go barefoot).

Cook Dinner
Why spend money in a restaurant with other people when you can create your own candle-lit dinner at home? It doesn’t matter if you can’t cook. You don’t have to be a gourmet chef. Even something as simple as macaroni and cheese can be special if you make it with love. Go ahead. Make that spaghetti. Re-create that scene from Lady and the Tramp. You know you want to.

Rent a Movie
Forget theaters, and forget Blockbuster. Most public libraries have movies you can rent for one week. If they’re not free (which they really ought to be), they’re probably a dollar or less. Combine this idea with the one above for an intimate dinner and a movie night. Make it a double feature. Make some popcorn. Turn out the lights and snuggle on the couch under a soft blanket. It doesn’t get any better than this.
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  1. richelleirish permalink
    February 12, 2009 4:15 pm

    Good Suggestions! Last year when I was short on cash, I went to a Dollar Tree, bought a jar and a tea candle, filled it with sand, and sea shells, and left a love letter inside for my boyfriend. He loved it, mainly for the fact that it was simple, homemade and romantic! This year, I am thinking of leaving love notes, just like you suggested!

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