You want to serenade your beloved, steal the moon for her, and give him the world in a gift-wrapped package. You want to give your darling the world, but you’re watching your expenses. Saying “I love you” doesn’t have to mean breaking the bank, though. By concentrating on experiences instead of expense, you can say “I love you” and still keep your budget. Here are 9 ways to show someone you care that won’t put you in the poorhouse.
Say it with flowers, except instead of an expensive store-bought bouquet, how about a unique gift of wildflowers? My true love gives me flowers all year long by planting a rose bush for me on our anniversary every year. I smile every time I spot new blooms, and I’ve noticed that my roses smell so much sweeter than the ones from the florist.
Make a memorable meal. Fresh strawberries dipped in chocolate. Your finest tableware for two with candles. Make a statement by taking the time, energy, and effort to create a culinary masterpiece for two.
Go for goofy. Nobody, but nobody, can toss a bowling ball with dignity. Strap on the funny shoes and check your stuffiness at the door. Visit a cheesy mini-golf course and take pictures of your true love vamping with the giant plastic dinosaur. At the next special occasion, surprise your sweetheart with a framed photo of your adventure. For frugal bonus points, take advantage of special deals at the bowling alley or discounts at the putt-putt course.
Pajama party. Make it movie night at home with hot chocolate, pajamas, and popcorn. Spend a Saturday in your pj’s having an in-home film festival. Trade DVD’s with a friend or use NetFlix to catch great movies at a good price. Alternately, enjoy a classic romantic movie. Who can resist Rick and Ilsa, Scarlett and Rhett, Steve and Slim? Betty and Bogie, Tracy and Hepburn, Fred and Ginger-they had style, panache, and a way with words. Rediscover the magic with your sweetheart.
Write a love letter. It doesn’t have to be flowery, just sincere. Tell your beloved how much he means to you. Recount for her the way your heart stops when she comes into the room-all these years later. Reminisce about the good times you’ve shared and write about your dreams for the future. Keep your love letters and read them often.
Sweet, sweaty, steamy. Take a day off from work and spend it in bed together. ‘Nuff said.
Do dessert. Dinner and drinks at the fancy restaurant will set you back a pretty penny, but indulging in a decadent dessert won’t break the bank. Eat dinner at home and then dress up and do dessert.
A loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and your sweetheart. Go for a picnic. Bring fresh bread, a bottle of chilled wine, and some deliciously smelly cheese. Enjoy the sunshine, the food, and one another.
Soak up some culture. Learn swing dancing at the community center. Attend a free concert at the park. Enjoy the matinee performance of Romeo and Juliet at the local college. Find out what’s available in your town and surprise your love with a memorable night out that won’t leave you strapped.
When you focus on sharing wonderful experiences with your beloved, you’ll find many ways to say “I love you” without spending a lot of money. Make the most of your time together with creativity, flair, and an adventurous spirit. Ah, romance!