Ask the readers: how do you do romance on a budget?

3 February 2009

Eleven days to Valentine's Day. Yes it's February, in case you hadn't noticed. Doesn't the year go by quickly? Seems like yesterday it was only Christmas, etc. But what to do for the perfect expression of love during an recession? Times are so tight, we've even stopped handing over the last Rolo for fear of malnutrition.

The recession doesn't mean you have to be a miserable unromantic tightarse, however. In fact, it's because of the recession that you can dazzle your loved one with a quality Valentine's Day for less than last year. Here are a few suggestions to help you woo that special somebody into the sack:


We've mentioned this before, but it bears up well to second helpings (that's a food joke, kids!): have a great sale section on their site, allowing you to search the best restaurants in the country for special offers and deals. No need to make do with an un-defrosted, Iceland prawn ring.

Have filthy sex

Don't ask us how we happened to be looking at the Ann Summers website; "but it was like that when we switched it on!" etc. Their current sale means there are plenty of sensational outfits and special love presents available with up to 80 per cent off. My eyes. Quickly, somebody.

Eat some more

We all love chocolate, so hurrah for Hotel Chocolat, purveyors of probably the best chocolate in the known universe, who have an end of season sale on right now.

Of course the name of this post is Ask The Readers, so that's what we're doing. What are your top tips for romance in a recession? Where can you go, what can you do, how you you treat somebody for less on February 14th? We'd "love" to hear from you. Ho ho. My sides. Nurse, industrial strength cotton.


  • David
    Thanks for the Hotel Chocolat sale - some ordered. But maybe not for the wife ;-)
  • Anna
    Here's my idea for a romantic Valentine's gift on a budget. If you have stacks of digital photos of you and your significant other, you can make a really cool gift. Download Andrea Mosaic - Have you seen those really cool movie posters that make a big image out of lots of little images? That's what Andrea Mosaic does for you, with the collection of photos on your computer. If you spend an hour or two, you can make an excellent collage. Then use one of the online photo printing companies to get it printed out in a poster size. For example, SnapFish, or Photobox. It should only cost about £8 or £9.
  • Paul S.
    @Anna both great ideas! I dd the mosaic idea for a wedding recently, using a Mac programme called MozoDojo. I created a large mosaic using photos of the couple from Facebook and Flickr, then saved it to a USB fob and had a print reproduce it on high quality paper. Unique, cheap and a pretty decent wedding present... :)
  • Tony Q.
    I occasionally spend Valentines Day's having filthy sex. Unless I have a partner of course...
  • Mike H.
    I might get the the girlfriend something, but the wife's getting nuffin'
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  • Girly-girl
    Or head on over to and when you spend £20, get a fiver off! Just enter this voucher code at the checkout: BRG012. Expires 10th Feb. Happy Valentines Day!
  • jaysexy212005
    Valentines day is coming already, I better get a move on.
  • Jen
    Nice idea anna! personally, I think it's lame to spend money on valentines day, it's such a commercial money grab... get back to the roots, get your scissors and your crayons out and make a saucy old fashioned valentine! that gets me, every time ;)
  • Cristopher
    Just the information I was looking for. I shall share this site with my friends when i go to work tomorrow.

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