My love don't cost a thing

It was Jenny From The Block that told us 'My Love Don't Cost a Thing'. Whilst the feeling doesn't cost, Valentine's day itself can be an easy way to spend lots of cash, we look at the options...

Like most things in life, you always have two choices when it comes to Valentine's Day. You can have a relatively quiet night in with a home cooked meal or spend the evening in a fancy restaurant...

The Meal

The big decision! As you already know there are several options here...

Budget: Home cooked - always cheaper than the restaurant equivalent, so you risk looking like a cheap skate.  Though it does mean you can cook them their favourite dish and pay attention to other details like the place setting, candles etc.

Also you're unlikely to be surrounded by a million other loved up couples, unless you still stay with your parents that is (when perhaps this isn't the best option anyway).

Blow it: You guessed it, a super-fancy restaurant.  Yep, sometimes guaranteed fine dining is the way forward.  If you want to do something really special then go to one of those big fancy celeb hangouts or country retreat type places.  Names like China-White, Nobu and The Ivy spring to mind.... book now and you'll maybe get a table in time for the 2012 Olympics! Plenty of time to save up then...

Hope St Hotel The Hotel

Budget: Unsurprisingly, the Travel Lodge might not be everyone's cup of tea, but there are plenty more options available if you haven't got lots of cash to play with. You could always go away for a fun weekend together at a cheap B & B or Youth Hostel if you're the outdoors-y types. You don't have to be young and prices start at £10p.p. per night - probably what a drink would cost you at....

Blow It: A luxury 5 star place like the Ice Hotel in Sweden. The hotel is constructed from frozen solid blocks of ice, which means you have an excuse to hug lots to keep warm. Plus they bring you both a cup of tea in the morning when you're having a long-lie.

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The Wine

Budget: Start with some bucks fizz!  It doesn't have to be all serious - kitsch is definitely fun and helpfully, quite cheap.

Blow it: Go for the real macoy, a bottle of Cristal champagne will set you back over £150.00.



Homes and GardensFlowers

Budget: If you have access to a garden, pick your own or better still get a beautiful plant (orchid anyone?) besides it'll last longer, just like your love.  There's always the classic single red rose too.

Blow it: Why have one red rose when you can have a dozen? Watch out though, they can become scarce around Valentine's Day.  You'll be wanting chocolates too I guess... maybe best to order early

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