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Love on a budget

  • Published at 04:43 pm February 12th, 2019
Budget Planner
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Put the menu down, there’s fun to be had

Looking for offers at restaurants for a romantic evening with our significant other can be a feat in itself. Thinking of conversations to be had over the oh-so-fattening meals we spend a substantial amount of our earnings on can also be a monotonous task. A lack of recreational spaces in the city leaves us with no choice but to indulge in gluttony. But have no fear, lovebirds! To spice up your Valentine’s Day this year, we bring you alternative date ideas that are sure to impress your partner, and will also go easy on your bank balance.

Movie date

Going to the cinema seems to be the next best option to merely eating out, provided that the movies playing match both your preferences and your partner’s. A couple of hours in the cinema hall, munching on buttery popcorn and enjoying a well-made film can be a great way to unwind. And at the end of the day, if the movie doesn’t live up to the standards, you can find joy in critiquing it for the rest of the date. You can also opt for a movie date at home; this way, you get to choose a film that you know won’t disappoint, and that too, in the comforts of your home!

Clay station

How would you like to let your artistic juices flow with your partner, with the added bonus of taking your creations home at the end of the day, as a memento of the intimate time you spent together? Clay Station offers packages you can choose from, where you get a day to create whatever your heart desires. Nothing screams romance like creating art together. And the best part is, there’s no one to judge the end results! Book an appointment, and plan a unique date your partner is sure to appreciate.

Laser Tag

If you have other couple friends who are also tired of sitting at restaurants, here’s an idea: Laser Tag! Granted, the first round only lasts 10 minutes, but it’s bound to be an eventful 10 minutes. You can also extend the time if the adrenaline rush is too much to resist. Pick your gang of friends for an experience to remember, and you will surely leave with a fun memory to look back on.

Spa day

Maybe an activity-based date isn’t ideal for you. Maybe you just want to relax, be pampered, and forget about the woes of the world for a day. In that case, you can opt for a spa day with your significant other. There are very few things a good massage in an aromatic room with soothing music in the background can’t fix, at least for a few hours. Treat yourself, and your partner, for a full day of being spoiled silly. Tackling reality the next day will seem to be a significantly less daunting task, and your partner will certainly appreciate the thought.

Home-cooked meal

Do you ever watch those short Tasty videos on Facebook and think to yourself, “I could make that if I tried”? Well, now’s your chance. There are plenty of simple recipes on the internet to choose from, that you can (attempt to) follow, to make a romantic meal for your love. Even if you have little to no idea about cooking, the gesture is enough to sweep your partner off their feet. Better yet, cook something together! Figuring out the right amount of salt needed can, in itself, be a short-lived but fun journey you embark on together. It’s sweet, it’s romantic, and it just might replace the memory of how the food tastes at the end, with the memory of the intimate experience you two share together. Even if the results are disastrous, it’s the sentiment that counts, right?

With so many things going on in our lives, it’s usually difficult to find ways to show our partners just how much we appreciate them. While buying them food is a sure way of letting them know that we love them dearly, this year, let’s choose a different, more personal route. We assure you, it’ll be a day you cherish for years to come.

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