With the economic crisis getting worse, this Valentine's Day presents a financial challenge for most. But romance can be had on a dime or a few dollars with some simple creativity.
-Dreaming of an Italian getaway, but it’s not in the budget until 2020? Why not rent a documentary featuring the villas of Italy from the Library. Order a pizza, watch TV together and then discuss which villas you would both like to visit when you finally book your dream vacation.
-Three-word love notes. I know what you’re thinking, not everyone’s a writer. But how about reinventing the delivery of just three little words: I love you! If you’re lucky enough to have a dry sidewalk and driveway this February, locate some chalk and surprise your sweetie with these powerful words displayed on your concrete for her to see as she steps out the door. Perhaps a surprise note in her pants or jacket pocket covertly placed just before she leaves for work so she’ll locate it at an unexpected time. If you have a garage with an automatic garage door and own a computer, create an I LOVE YOU poster and find some streamers, ribbon or string. Attach your poster to the bottom of the garage door from the inside. When your sweetie arrives home and pops the door up, your gift of love will slowly rise and dangle to their delight.
-Go on an indoor picnic. Spread blankets on the floor, light your room with candles and feed each other strawberries while sharing your resolutions and dreams for the coming year.
-Make gift “finding” exciting! Take your spouse on a treasure hunt for their gift. Find a generous amount of string and attach it to your gift. Run the string under the sofa, around the kitchen table and from room to room (you get the picture). This fun and simple idea makes finding the gift at the end of the string as enjoyable as receiving the gift itself and builds excitement and anticipation for the recipient.