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5 IDEAS FOR LOW-COST VALENTINE’S DAY DATES

With love in the air (and retailers reminding you of it ad nauseum), it’s easy to lose sight of keeping Valentine’s Day simple and sweet.

There are, however, ways to embrace the holiday while bucking the high-priced hype.  Here are five ideas for a nice and easy celebration with that special someone.

DO SOMETHING ROMANTIC AT HOME

Doing something romantic at home doesn’t necessarily mean dining by candlelight or reading poetry to each other (particularly since the former often leads to dirty dishes). Do what’s romantic to you. Hankering to have marshmallows for dinner? Go for it.

SWITCH THINGS UP AT HOME

Valentine’s Day is as good excuse as any to freshen up the house, whether permanently or just for fun.  That could mean anything from stringing celebratory lights along the banister or rearranging furniture to painting the bedroom wall. It doesn’t matter what as long as it adds a little pizzazz to the home front.

START A TRADITION

Starting a Valentine’s Day tradition is a good way to make sure you get to do something you both enjoy at least once a year. Get theater or concert tickets or, say, plant a tree. An annual visit to one of those paint-your-own pottery places – Color Me Mine, for example, has studios around the country – could reap a collection of romantic mementos.

LEARN SOMETHING NEW TOGETHER

Once again, it doesn’t matter what it is: learning French, massage therapy, tending bonsai trees or restoring cars. Learning something new together adds a whole new level to togetherness, whether you’re in class, studying together or applying your new skills. Plus, it means you and your partner will have yet another thing in common.

HAVE A DAY OF SERVICE

Devoting Valentine’s Day to a day of service together can go two ways. You certainly can spend the day doing something charitable, whether it’s making a donation somewhere or serving dinner at a shelter. Or, have a day of service to each other. Switch household jobs for the day, whether that’s cooking or assuming garbage duty.

Neither of you will get off scot-free. But the effort shows you’re willing to help carry the burden.

This article was written by Diane Marszalek for The Daily Clutch.