Valentine’s Day on a Budget

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The best things in life are free, supposedly. Whilst there are some clear exceptions to this rule (holidays, new shoes, a puppy), love shouldn’t come at any cost. If you and your significant other are still a bit strapped for cash after Christmas, don’t fret, there are still plenty of wallet friendly ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year.

 

  1. Movie Night

 

Sometimes instead of grand gestures it’s actually just quite nice to set aside some quality time together. After all, who doesn’t enjoy a cosy night in watching films with bae? Dim the lights, find a cute rom com on Netflix and get the snacks in. If you fancy a feast after stuffing your face with popcorn, a delicious alternative to a takeaway is the Marks & Spencer ‘Dine in for 2’ range. There’s loads of different options to choose from and it includes a main, side and dessert all for just £10. Perfect.

 

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  1. Visit a free attraction

 

If you’re lucky enough to live in or around London, you’ll probably already know that many of the museums and galleries offer free admission to the public, but did you know it was THIS many?

 

  • British Museum
  • Houses of Parliament
  • Museum of London
  • National Gallery
  • National Maritime Museum
  • National Portrait Gallery
  • Natural History Museum
  • Science Museum
  • Photographers’ Gallery
  • Serpentine Gallery
  • Sir John Sloane’s Museum
  • St Paul’s Church
  • Tate Modern
  • Tate Britain
  • Victoria & Albert Museum
  • Temple Church
  • Whitechapel Gallery
  • Wallace Collection

 

Not to mention all the market stalls and gardens that you can peruse free of charge!

While this may not be everyone’s idea of romantic bliss, it’s something a little bit different that could actually be a lot of fun. If you aren’t based in London, there’s bound to be a few free attractions in the city nearest your hometown, just give it a google!

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  1. Get crafty

Nothing says ‘I love you’ like a handmade gift. While the thought of it might seem a tad cheesy or cringe worthy, it’s actually a really sweet gesture in addition to being inexpensive. You don’t have to be a creative genius either, a photo collage or handmade card shouldn’t be too challenging and even if it turns out terribly, it’s the thought that counts.

(Maybe not the best idea if you’ve only known each other 2 weeks though, nobody likes a creep).

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  1. Cook together

Providing one of you has a free house for the evening, another interesting and fairly low cost activity is to cook a proper three course meal together. Decide on what dishes you’re going to make first, then once you have the ingredients you’re good to go. Perhaps one of you can focus on the main while the other does dessert? Once you’ve finished all the prepping, sit down and enjoy a drink or two. A simple starter you can pop in the oven, such as garlic bread, will go down nicely with a few glasses of wine. Conveniently, the wine also serves the purpose of keeping you both calm, which will stop any kitchen nightmares from ensuing. Hopefully it won’t end up being a recipe for disaster.

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Words: Kate Dooley

 

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