Valentine’s On A Budget

This time of the year, we’re bombarded with all sorts of commercial pressure to go out and spend a fortune to show the true merit of our love, when in essence this is done everyday! I know I’m one of those people who hates the commercial feeling of Valentine’s, hence never having ever really celebrated it. This year is going to be a little different though, because well I’ve got ‘bae’, who is very into celebrating this holiday.

For me, the struggle I always have is, it comes in the middle of the month and well let’s face it, right after January (dead) my wallet has lost a few pounds. Seeing as it’s a leap year, and the girls have to take charge, I’ve come up with a few inexpensive ways to spend this day with your loved one.

  1. Give a full-body massage.
  2. Write a poem and read it together.
  3. Pack a sunset picnic and have it either at the beach or Greenpoint park.
  4. Give dark chocolates (only because it’s healthy BUT I still prefer milk any day) or a good coffee.
  5. Leave little love notes everywhere in the house/apartment.
  6. Take a moonlit walk on the beach or Sea Point promenade where the lighting is absolutely lovely at night.
  7. Snuggle together while watching a romantic movie. Feel free to feed each other grapes or strawberries and chocolate during the movie. (Casablanca, Wuthering Heights, Out of Africa).
  8. Get good wine(plenty under R50 at local bottle stores), and watch the stars, whilst playing romantic music in the background.
  9. Take a bath together (use lots of bubbles!).
  10. Ride a Ferris wheel together (the one at the Waterfront is amazing!).
  11. Bring home some delicious Chinese food, and light some fragrant candles.
  12. Fix something or fix up the house just to make your partner happy.
  13. Write a love letter (yes old school on a piece of paper using a pen not an email).
  14. Groom yourself, and try to look good for your partner.
  15. Create a little box with a bunch of your partner’s favorite things inside (biltong, aftershave,etc) .
  16. Paint each other with flavoured body paint (this one will leave you giggling for days). Be creative!
  17. Have dinner on the roof, with some candles. This doesn’t work if your roof slopes sharply.
  18. Declare your love, very publicly (on the radio perhaps).
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What would you add as the #19 way to celebrate and save this valentine’s ? Let me know in the comments below!

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