Valentine's Day quickly comes upon us after Christmas, and whilst some are still recovering from all of the partying, most are trying to get to terms with their expenditure.
February 14 is an expensive day and night, were we're expected to splash out on our other half to show how much we love them.
We have some great useful tips from Save.co.uk on how you can celebrate this loved up day without breaking the bank.
Go local: Want to spice your Valentine's Day with something new, but don't want to spend an arm and a leg? Check out your local community's events - museum events, films, exhibits, walking tours, free classes, etc. Think outside the box! Just because you aren't an expert sculptor and have two left feet doesn't mean you and your partner wouldn't have a blast trying pottery or ballroom dancing classes.
Bring the romance to your home: Sometimes, it just makes sense to stay in and avoid the Valentine's crowds. If you're staying Home, spice up your intimate date night by creating a theme. You can easily and cheaply create an Italian feast with a pasta meal, good value wine from the supermarket, some tea lights and a red and white tablecloth! Pick an Italian station on Pandora (FREE!) and voila! You're transported to Italy for the evening.
Save on stems: Most men know flowers are, well, one of the tickets to a woman's heart. Before you pick the stems you want to give your sweetie, make sure to check for an online coupon first. Many flower sites offer special Valentine's Day deals to help shoppers save Money.
Get personal: While gifts like perfume and sweets are common, they aren't particularly original and can be expensive. Think about making your other half a gift that fits his or her personality and doesn't cost a lot of money, like a picture collage, a Home-cooked meal or an hour-long massage. Make sure you take the time and effort to create a gift he or she will truly love, and don't wait until the last second! No one wants to be in the same shoes as Chandler on Friends when he gave Monica a mix-tape…that Janice had originally made for him!
Skip dinner, go for dessert and drinks: If you really want to hit an expensive eatery on Valentine's Day, but don't have the budget to do so, think about heading there for a few drinks and dessert instead. That way, you can experience the romantic ambience without breaking the bank.