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Romance on a budget

These romantic (and cheap) ideas are perfect for Valentine’s Day or any time of the year! Follow these tips to keep the romance alive in your relationship — without spending a lot of money.

Couple playing in the snow


Enjoy an evening of pampering

Spend the entire evening pampering each other. If your bathtub isn’t big enough for two, hop in the shower together. Wash his back, his hair and other body parts. When you get out, let him brush your hair. Scratch his back or rub his feet. Just spend time together while you relax.

2Head outdoors

Even in the coldest months, you can enjoy nature. Bundle up and head outdoors. You can feed the ducks or birds at the park, check out the animals at the zoo, visit your local botanical garden or just play in the snow.

3Go to a college play

Can’t afford Broadway show tickets or front row seats at the hottest concert? That’s okay! Cook dinner together at home and then see a play at a local high school or college. It’s inexpensive and fun.

4Make a wish

Each of you should grab a piece of paper and a pen. Make a wish list that includes everything from spending more time together to sexual fantasies to the latest gadgets or shoes. Write down 50 items, then exchange lists and read them out loud. You may be surprised by what your mate wants.

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