Free To Love

Love is in the air... but what to do when your budget is limited? Sure, you're probably stressed about the pressure to indulge and overspend to show how much you care. But don't worry -- ING Direct USA shared with SheKnows a few fun tips to help you show your sweetie pie how much you care.

Couple Cooking Together

1. Love don't cost a thing at home

When you really stop to think about it, dishing out big bucks for one day to show the significant other in your life how much you care is plain silly! Why not celebrate at home by cooking their favorite meal, dim the lights and set the mood, wear their favorite outfit, prepare their favorite drink, shut the television off and enjoy each other. Trust us -- a little goes a long way. 

2. Reminisce

If you were not blessed with talent in the kitchen and are afraid to burn down the house, try taking them to the place where you had your first date. It's a thoughtful gesture and totally romantic! The restaurant would ideally not be too expensive and besides it's a great way to bring back memories and re-kindle the flame.  

3. Sweet deals

Local retailers typically offer special V-Day rates, menus and discounts for you and a loved one. Take the time to research ahead of time and take advantage of the "buy one get one free" deal for you and your sweetie pie. Don't forget to look beyond the typical restaurant date. Other local destinations such a spas, attraction parks, skating rinks, and even cooking classes often offer Valentine's Day special discount for couples! 

4. Make sweet music

Remember those mix tapes and love CD's you used to make back in the day? Well show your sweetheart how much you really care and create your own mix with updated song that reminds you of your sweetie. If CD's are too passé for you, try uploading the newly created mix directly to their iPod. This way they can listen to it whenever and be reminded of your love!  

5. Spread the love and play cupid!

No cuddle bear to show how much you care? -- No worries, V-Day is also a day to show your family, friends, and even co-workers how much you care. Why not organize a potluck dinner and have everyone bring something. It could be fun to have people guess who brought what type of food, not to mention it would be a great way to start conversations between your guests. Who knows…That special someone you're looking for could be a part of the group!

To learn more about keeping your money in your pocket visit ING DIRECT USA

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