The Romantic Meal for Two
If you feel that the romantic meal out for two is an obligatory part of the celebrations, then there are ways to go out without spending a small fortune. Use a discount coupon or your credit card reward points when you're having a romantic dinner for two
Make the Gift
Take some time out to make a Valentine's gift this year. How about writing down 10 things you love about your partner on a sheet of paper and sticking it somewhere they will see it first thing in the morning. Or you could bake a cake, make a memory box of ticket stubs and photos, write a poem, or create a simple scrapbook of the past year's memories
What about staying in this Valentine's Day? If you're a hopeless cook, fear not. The grocery stores seem to be pulling out the stops. Find a high-end grocery store that offers a take home meal and serve by candlelight with a bottle of Prosecco
Make the Gift
How about taking the time to make a Valentine's gift this year? That way you'll be giving a gift that your partner will remember throughout the year.
Spend Time Together
Why not plan a day out together as a Valentine's treat? This doesn't need to be expensive or elaborate. How about finding free art galleries or museums to visit? Taking time to go for a long walk? Or doing all of the household chores in advance, so that you can spend the weekend watching movies and relaxing?
The Bottom Line
Valentine's Day is about spending time with the person you love – not lining the pockets of card companies, flower delivery firms and restaurants. It really is the thought that counts, and with these ideas you can have a cheap but cheerful Valentine's Day this year.