Thanks so much for all your lovely comments and messages about Thrifty Baby. He’s been poorly with reflux the past couple of weeks and we ended up on the children’s ward at the local hospital at one point, but I’m pleased to report that the medicine seems to be working and it looks like we have turned a corner…
Now it’s a bit late for UK email subscribers, but here is How To Have A Thrifty Valentine’s Day: a piece I wrote for Tesco Magazine. To read the full set of tips, click through at the end of the excerpt.
Money-saving blogger Miss Thrifty shares her top tips for wining, dining and romancing on a budget
Make it a day to remember
Valentine’s Day can be expensive, but don’t feel that you have to splash out on sumptuous gifts and a lavish meal because these are the ‘done things’. A homemade Valentine’s Day doesn’t just save money, it also allows you to use your imagination and create a day that is as special and memorable as it is romantic.
My husband and I once took time off work to have a Valentine’s picnic in our local park. It was unusual, but we wrapped up warm and took homemade soups in thermos flasks and homemade bread fresh from the oven. We had the place almost to ourselves and had much more fun than we would have done squashed an overcrowded, overpriced restaurant with countless other couples.
Romantic meals don’t have to be expensive
Even if you are having Valentine’s Day at home this year, dress as if you were at the grandest restaurant in town. The same goes for the dinner table. Touches such as white linen napkins aren’t expensive, but if you don’t have anything suitable, beg and borrow for the night. You may find that older neighbours and family members have some retro treasures in their cupboards, from printed tablecloths to vintage candelabra.
As for the food: you don’t have to bring out lobster and caviar to find your way to his or her heart. Your partner’s favourite food or comfort dishes, cooked perfectly and dished up with a couple of extra ingredients and sides, are guaranteed to go down well. Read More…>>