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Monday, February 2, 2015

Romance on a Budget

Finding a meaningful way to say you care about someone on Valentine’s Day can be difficult. Add on the constraints of a budget, and many would-be romantics find themselves at a loss for what to do. Other than the classic coupon booklet of household chores to be done on your partner’s behalf, what other original and affordable alternatives do you have to replace dinner, flowers and a box of Russell Stover mystery chocolates? Here are a few tips for wooing your loved one on a budget.

Memory Lane. Take a stroll down memory lane and relive your first date. What if that first date was a disaster? Even better! Create new memories that will overshadow the initial awkwardness that comes with a lot of first dates, and reminisce about how far you’ve come.

Simply Elegant. Even though planning an elaborate day of activities can be a great way to show you care, don’t underestimate the power of simplicity. A single rose with a heartfelt note can mean a whole lot more than a costly dozen. Making dinner for the one who normally cooks doesn’t mean you have to make an eight-course meal; they will just be happy to have the night off!

Digital Remix. Now that technology has graduated from mixed tapes to digital, it’s easier than ever to make your loved one a track-by-track reminder of how much you care. Pick some songs that are meaningful to both of you, take you back to that first kiss, or tell them how you’re feeling now. Take it up a level by sneaking the playlist onto their phone or mp3 player while they aren’t looking! It will show them that you’ve really put some thought into the gift, and best of all, it’s nearly free.

Family Fun. For parents who feel like they can’t even begin to celebrate until after bedtime, why not involve the kids? Let them help you create a song list and give a hand preparing dinner before sending them off to bed. Their involvement can make it even more romantic since they are part of the love you share together.

Lovely Deals. Finally, don’t rule out using coupons or discount services such as Groupon or Living Social, especially if your significant other is equally budget conscious. You’ll be able to do activities and eat at restaurants at a fraction of what it normally costs. For those of you who say “We don’t need Valentine’s Day, we celebrate our relationship every day of the year!” congratulations on finding such love! But unless you’re absolutely sure your partner feels the same way about Valentine’s Day, it might be wise to at least buy a card…just in case.

Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at Community Financial!

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