Think romance is too expensive? Think again!

eureka081So, your anniversary, a birthday, Valentine’s Day, or just a special day is coming up soon.  Your pocketbook is empty, your bank account is suffering from starvation, and you want to do it up right for your significant other.

Do you just give up?  Do you apologize, and say “I have no money, honey.”  Do you go to a cold, empty bed full of disappointment?

Oh no, say it isn’t so! 

Romance isn’t expensive.  However, we sometimes forget that fact because the trappings we sometimes surround it with, or associate with it can be (ie: roses, diamonds, gourmet dinner at a fancy restaurant, a trip to Europe, etc.). 

Picture this:

A candle lit dinner outside on a warm summer evening under a canopy of stars.  A bedouin tent with filmy fabrics shifting gently in the soft breeze, surrounding a table of tasty delights sure to tempt the tastebuds.  Soft, romantic music crooning of love and romance.   Flowers in a vase, sparkling drinks, a carpet over the soft, fragrant grass to cushion your feet.

Sounds lovely and expensive, doesn’t it?  Well, with a little ingenuity, a bit of elbow grease, a heart full of love and romance, my husband turned a dismal-looking, almost completely broke anniversary into a romantic and memorable rendevous that I’ll remember for the rest of my life.

I was set in my room with a lovely romance novel and strict orders not to come out.  He took our cheap ($27 on sale a few years before) canopy and set it up in the yard.  He used things we had in the freezer and an inexpensive trip to the market and made a wonderful jambalaya, fresh bread, and dessert from scratch.  Wildflowers picked with the kids filled a vase we already had.  An unused piece of carpet laid the groundwork, a small picnic table, and yards of filmy fabric we already had on hand draped around and over the canopy (yes, I am an admitted fabric-aholic).

Candles, music, romance… we had all of that here, and let me tell you–that man of mine made it all work.  For under $10 (for shrimp), he made the most romantic setting and led me out there with my eyes closed just after the sun set, and the sky was ablaze with color.

How lucky can a broke girl get?  Don’t think you have to have money to be rich in love.   You know what they say — it’s not how much  you have, but what you do with what you’ve got.

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2 comments on “Think romance is too expensive? Think again!

  1. That is sooo true! I work with many men (military base) and I tell the guys for a gift you have two options. You can either spend a *huge* amount or you can spend even a small amount and make it the perfect gift with a lot of thoughtfulness involved. If she has to pointedly tell you what she wants it doesn’t have the same impact as listening to her on a day to day basis and knowing what she would like without broad hints.

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