Back To Basics – How To Do Valentines Day Without Breaking The Bank

Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day is here and love is in the air but, for many, romantic overtures lead to regrettable overdrafts. (Editors note: This is a guest post by Renu Janagal)

Let’s have a look at some ideas for a blissful Valentine’s without breaking the bank.  

Do Valentines Day without breaking the bank

Love it or loathe it, there’s no escaping Valentines Day. 

With everybody from flower sellers to toilet roll manufacturers cashing in on February the 14th, the pressure is on for many of us to make it a day to remember. 

Figures show that, in the UK, we spend an average of £35 per person on Valentines cards and gifts alone – totalling a staggering £1.4 billion across the nation. 

Add in dining out and other treats and love becomes an expensive business.  At ConnectAsian, we’e a romantic lot and so, we’ve put together our guide to showing amour for less.

Home is where the heart is

Like us, you’ve probably received a deluge of emails from restaurant chains advertising their special Valentines menus.  For the most part, these involve ordinary menu items put together as a two or three course deal and with an inflated price tag. 

Instead, why not treat your loved one to a meal in the comfort of your own home?  Not only will your significant other love you but your bank manager will too as a home-cooked meal costs a fraction of the prices charged by restaurants. 

Don’t worry if you’re not quite Gordon or Nigella, stores like Marks & Spencer offer some great dine-in deals which are quick and easy to prepare.

Become a basket case

Ready-made Valentines gifts are the biggest culprits when it comes to Valentines Day spending. 

As the big day approaches, generic and off-brand chocolates, cosmetics and other treats mysteriously increase in price when put together and tied with a bow. 

As an alternative to this expensive (and slightly lazy) gift, why not put together your own gift basket?  All you need to do is get hold of a wicker basket or box which can be picked up really cheaply on the high street and, then, fill it with your Valentines favourite sweets, drinks and miniature products. 

Not only will this save you significant cash but, your partner will appreciate the time and effort taken.

Love is in the air

Most of us have experienced that moment when a colleague receives a delivery of Valentines flowers to the workplace. 

Not only is this hugely expensive but its also just a bit, well, showy’.   Although Sharon from Accounts was no doubt delighted with this public declaration, Valentine’s Day doesn’t need to be a performance.  

Rather than spending a fortune on this kind of affair, arrange to fill your partner’s living room with Valentine themed balloons.  Although you’ll possibly need to liaise with parents or house-mates for this one, it’s a fun and inexpensive gesture which will be remembered for years to come.

Say it with words

It may be an old-fashioned concept but, writing a love letter is possibly the most romantic gesture of all – and costs virtually nothing. 

Why not celebrate the special day by telling them just what it is that makes them so special to you?  Try adding a little fun by making it into a treasure hunt – inexpensive and easy, all you need to do is write some clues onto heart shaped Post-its for your partner to find.

Your romance?  It’s in the stars

If you’re looking to make an unusual and inexpensive gesture this Valentine’s, you can’t do much better than naming a star after your loved one.  Star naming kits start from around £9.99 and are a great way of showing them that they mean the world to you.

Despite all the shouty adverts and window displays, Valentine’s Day is about showing the size of your affection – not your bank balance.  For most people, a thoughtful gesture means so much more than an expensive but impersonal gift and, to prove it, this article is our Valentine’s gift to you!

Over to you

As the big day approaches, we’d love to hear about your low cost celebrations but, in the meantime, please share the love and give us a like or a heart¸ to let us know that you enjoyed the article – and we’ll stay in touch with more great blogs on the world of dating.

Thank you to the amazing Renu Janagal for this wonderful piece. You heard her, share the love!

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