How to Save Money on Valentine’s Day Without Pissing Off Your Significant Other

Being half of a couple can translate into halving expenses. If you guys live together, you probably split the rent, the groceries, the utility bills, and I don’t know, a Netflix account, I suppose. Some couples practice joint gift-giving too, so being in a romantic relationship can actually help you save money on several occasions throughout the year.

 

Valentine’s Day, however, is not one of them.

 

Ironically, the holiday meant to celebrate romantic love between two people tends to be a lot easier on the wallet for those who don’t have a special someone. They don’t exactly have to cough up hundreds of $$$’s for three-course meals, a night out in town, and/or the requisite bouquet of magnificent(ly expensive) Ecuadorian roses now, do they? (God help you if you skip out on those and your partner happens to be big on Valentine’s Day too.)

 

But fear not, there are many ways in which you can make your partner feel special today without breaking the bank:

 

1. Buy your flowers from the grocery instead of at the florist’s.

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Roses are usually cheaper at the grocer’s or even at shopping warehouses. So long as they’re refrigerated, they can also last just as long as the blooms you can get from a flower shop.

 

When you wrap them up in some pink crepe paper or cellophane and add a ribbon, no one will be able to tell where they came from too.

 

Whatever you do, don’t buy flowers from roadside vendors. Resellers typically mark them up disproportionately, and because most of them are rejects, they don’t really last long.

 

2. Prepare a special dinner at home instead of going out to eat.

 
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Restaurants take advantage of the holiday by creating special menus that come with equally stupendous price tags and are also often packed to the rafters on Valentine’s Day. Let’s not even talk about the ridiculous amount of traffic you’d have to brave just to get there.

 

Why not just stay in and whip up a meal? Not only is it cheaper, but it also gives you all the freedom to set up the menu, the music, and the ambience.

 

For instance, dinner by candlelight is always romantic, and you probably already have a few tapers and a box of matches lying around somewhere. You can even make a playlist on your phone for the evening and simply hook it up to your bluetooth speaker a few minutes before your date arrives.

 

Can’t cook? Order in from different joints or just pick up your boyfriend or girlfriend’s favorite takeaway food on the way home. No one will be able to tell once everything’s been plated nicely anyhow.

 

3. Create a personalized card or gift.

 
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Some people might like giving their SO’s pricey jewelry on Valentine’s Day, but I’m willing to bet that yours would probably prefer something only you can give them.

 

Good with words? Why not compose a poem enumerating everything you love about your sweetheart? If you’re musically inclined, go ahead and write and/or play a song that has a special meaning for the two of you.

 

And if you’re absolutely dead broke but are good at arts and crafts, you can try your hand at making an origami bouquet. Check out the instructions here. (As a bonus, paper flowers last longer than real ones, as well as most romantic relationships, come to think of it.)

 

4. Think outside the box for date ideas.

 
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While the other couples are cozying it up in fancy restaurants, bars, or hotels, you can opt for non-conventional activities like playing mini-golf or going on bump cars. You’ll most likely have the time of your life AND save quite a few pennies.

 

If it helps, think about what sort of activities you and your partner enjoy doing together, and then take it from there.

 

5. Instead of giving your partner a present, try pampering them for the entire day.

 
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Serve them breakfast in bed, do the chores they hate doing, and make sure they come home to a clean house with a delicious dinner on the table.

 

These things cost next to nothing, and require absolutely zero talent to pull off, but just about anyone will appreciate them.

 

Valentine’s Day can be expensive and troublesome for couples, yes, but it really doesn’t have to be. Just as Christmas is all about the spirit of giving, V-Day should be down to reminding your significant other of how much they mean to you, and you can do that just as effectively with a meaningful gesture as with a pricey bouquet or dinner.

Serena Estrella

Serena joined iRemit back in 2016, and has tormented its Marketing Head constantly ever since. To get through the rigors of writing about grave concerns like exchange rates, citizenship requirements, and PH-AU news, she likes to blast Mozart, Vivaldi, ONE OK ROCK, and Shigeru Umebayashi in the background. She does a mean Merida voice in her spare time too.

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