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Romance on a Budget

With Valentine’s Day coming up, many are wondering how to celebrate without breaking the bank. Some of us are happy with a romantic candlelit meal at home while the kids are asleep, but others prefer a night out, something special.

Here are some ideas you can use this Valentine’s day or for any date night!

Spa Date: subsidized by your insurance company!

  • Schedule a double massage at your local spa.
  • See if there’s a way the two of you can enjoy a meal or some appetizers and a glass of wine while you’re there.
  • If your insurance covers massage, make sure to submit receipts for that portion of your date 🙂
  • Even more cost-effective: Pay with Spa Finder gift certificates from Costco.  (see for participating spas-some of my favourites are there!)You will pay $79.99 for $100 worth of certificates. So you will save 20% to start PLUS get reimbursed for all or part of your massage by your insurance company!

Splurge on Dinner at 20% off…

  • Costco offers gift certificates for Moishe’s, L’Academie and other restaurants in our city.
  • The cost? $79.99 for $100.oo worth of certificates.
  • So while Dinner may be a splurge…it will be at a savings!

Put those gift cards to good use!

  • Still have leftover gift cards from the holidays? See if any of them are for restaurants or entertainment to be enjoyed for Valentine’s Day.
  • Do you exchange gifts?  Maybe you can use one of the card to pay for something for your Valentine… (I am not suggesting re-gifting :))

Be a tourist in your own city:

  • Take a tour through the Ice Hotel at Parc Jean Drapeau
  • Given that Valentine’s Day is on a weekday, it will cost you $13 per person plus parking (not sure what weekday rates are)
  • Something different & romantic that won’t break the bank!
  • To read about the Ice Hotel & our family’s trip there, click here…an evening walk-through for two will surely be more romantic!!!

Whatever you do…just enjoy each other!

Do you have any tips for romance on a budget? Please share!

Wishing you romance & love, for Valentine’s Day & for EVERY day,




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