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It’s not easy being romantic, especially in today’s climate of watching the pennies and counting the cost.
But showing how much you care for someone doesn’t have to cost the earth. In fact, whether you’re tentatively setting out in to the world of dating or immersed in a full-blown relationship, there are lots of ways to display your sentimental side without even opening your wallet.
So there’s no longer any excuse for only buying the love of your life a bunch of flowers on Valentine’s Day. Now you can do something all year round without being in constant fear of a rapidly diminishing bank balance.
Here are few ideas to keep the romance alive – cut the cost, not the love.
Write a love poem
You don’t have to be Wordsworth of Byron, but penning a romantic stanza or two is a sure-fire way to add a bit of sparkle.
Forget forking out fifteen quid at HMV- make your own CD. Every relationship has a song that means something. If music be the food of love, play on.
Cook a meal
And on the subject of food…there’s nothing that gets the amorous juices flowing more than showing her how handy you are in the kitchen.
Send a romantic text/email
You can’t be with someone 24/7 but you can send them regular reminders of how much you care.
Kiss her Unexpectedly
Be spontaneous and give your partner an unexpected smooch.
Devote a day to whatever she wants
Clear your diary and treat your partner to a day of whatever she wants – altruism and romanticism personified.
Valentine all year round
Whether it’s a box of chocolates here or a bunch of flowers there, the spirit of St Valentine needn’t be relegated to one day of the year.
Take an interest
Obvious, yes, but one of the most neglected. It’s easy to get blasé and apathetic with a partner. So take an interest in their interests and pay attention.
Watch a romantic movie
Cinema has always been a reliable purveyor or love and romance. From Brief Encounter to Bridget Jones, there’s no shortage of movies to snuggle up to.
Have a picnic
Pack some sandwiches, chocolate and bottle of wine and head for a quite, secluded spot. If you’ve written your poem, read that to her as well!
Walk and talk
The local park or beach are great places to stroll and chat – walk along hand-in-hand having a good old natter (conversation is, after all, the key to a healthy relationship). You don’t have to discuss the mysteries of the universe or training and conference venues Staffordshire – just being in each other’s company talking about everyday things is he backbone of most relationships.
What cheap and cheerful things do you do to keep the sparkle and romance in your relationship?
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James Duval is an IT specialist who lives in Manchester. When you can prise him away from his Xbox you can find him enjoying his other passions – cruising on his motorbike in an endless quest to find the best gig and pubs across the country. He regularly writes for Keel e Conferences amongst others.