Have you noticed how it’s usually men who call Valentine’s Day a “Hallmark holiday?” We dismiss the celebration as a commercial ploy to part us from our money and our beloved budgets. But there are good reasons to let our true beloveds know that we care. Most importantly, we men don’t let our wives and partners know how much we think of them often enough. So make the most of these ideas to enjoy Valentine’s Day without blowing the budget.
When was the last time that you did all the cleaning, cooking and washing in your house? If you are a fine modern man you probably share in the chores. But are there some particular ones that you just shudder at? The ones that you just manage to avoid every time? Your partner probably doesn’t like them very much either. Try doing them for her . It’s funny but nothing says “I love you” like a bathroom scrubbed without being asked. And just to make sure that she notices, put a few candles in there and some essential oils or her favourite bubble bath. Give her a glass of bubbly and just let her relax.
The price of roses usually doubles around Valentine’s Day. You could of course wait until the day after the fourteenth and buy the remaindered red roses from the Warehouse. But take my advice and don’t do that. It does not a romantic woman make. If you were really smart you would be growing roses in your garden and would have pruned them between Christmas and New Year so that they come into flower now.
That’s how the professionals do it. I’m not a professional but I do have a few blooms in the garden. They may not be all red roses, but I’m sure my wife will appreciate my effort. I will pick those and put them together to make a posy. I won’t worry too much about the arrangement of the flowers as for some reason women seem unable to accept any gift of flowers without re-organising them personally.
Valentine’s Day is the busiest night of the year for many restaurants. If you haven’t already made reservations the chances are you won’t be able to get in. And if you do get in you are likely to blow your budget. If you have some basic cooking skills how about preparing her favourite meal. Send the kids to their room with a DVD, put a candle on the table and a glass of wine from the supermarket in her hand and you have your very own romantic interlude. Just don’t spoil it by expecting her to do the washing up.
You don’t have to spend a fortune on Valentine’s Day to show how much you care. In fact, if you can save a little of that money you can use it later for something you will both enjoy.
P.S. This week’s column has been aimed mostly at men. Because we need all the help we can get. It’ll be back to gender-free budget-talk next time.