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How to save money while spoiling your partner

Updated on June 23, 2014
Wouldn't it be cool if your treasure hunt was in a backyard that looked like this? - Photo that I took of Alice Springs Desert Park, NT, Australia
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Being romantic doesn’t mean that you have to spend a lot of money. There is the misconception that you have to blow your budget and finances in order to impress your partner. Your girlfriend might like expensive jewelry or your boyfriend might want the latest Armani shoes but you don’t have to buy these things to impress them. You can still buy those expensive, extravagant gifts from time to time, if your income allows for it, but being romantic shouldn’t set you back months of your wages.

There are plenty of ways that you can say, ‘I love you,’ without taking out an extra mortgage on your house. For example you could leave notes around the house just to show how much you care. If you leave for work in the morning before your partner then leave a note where you know it will be noticed. If you know they will switch the kettle on to make their morning coffee then leave a Post-It note on the kettle that say’s thinking of you or something more personal. This change in routine and the personal gesture will surely make them smile and get them off to a good start to the day.

As a change from buying your girlfriend flowers from a florist why not buy her a potted plant instead? The potted plant could be an orchid in flower or an annual flowering shrub. You could buy her a potted plant which has meaning for example if you first met under a particular tree or there were a particular species of tree flowering the time of year you met then why not buy her that tree in a potted plant. You’ll save a heap of money by having flowers annually from your own plant and it will have more meaning that say roses which usually end up getting thrown out in a week’s time.

Instead of going out to luxurious restaurants how about staying home and cooking a special meal for your partner. If your home is not a great place to be romantic as you have a lot of mess and work reminders about the house or your children have let a bomb off in the kitchen and dining room then why not make a special picnic hamper and go off to the beach or local park. You will have saved a whole heap of money by buying the ingredients and cooking for yourself. Often instead of going out to a restaurant and spending at least $100 on food and drinks I’ll buy some fresh seafood on the way home and stop in at the liquor store for a bottle of bubbly and surprise my wife, all up we’ll have an awesome amount of seafood, like prawns, bugs, scallops etc with a few glasses of sparkling wine for about $50, which is half the price of going out to a restaurant.

Instead of buying expensive gifts for your partner why not be impulsive around your home or apartment and do something that they least expect. If she is constantly asking you to put your clothes in the washing basket then why not surprise her one day by doing all the washing and hanging it up (note: this has to be a surprise and has to be done when she is not home, otherwise this plan might backfire with her complaining that you don’t have to do it). If you man comes from work, crashes in front of the television and expects you in the kitchen or in a particular area of the house working why not have him trying to find you in surprise. You could be in the bathtub soaking with candles around you with a romantic note on the television screen for him to join you in the tub. (This plan might only work if your husband comes home in a routinely manner, otherwise you might be soaking in the bath for a long time.) You could also grab a few DVD’s and make some quick dinner for a night in front of the TV with one of his favorite movies and one of yours.

There are endless ways of saving money and being romantic at the same time to spoil your partner. You can still splash out from time to time and buy those expensive gifts however you should be able to be more romantic, more often by using some of these money saving ideas.

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    • LeonJane profile imageAUTHOR

      LeonJane 

      7 years ago from Australia

      Thanks Arnie, whoops or should I say HubbyHubberton!

    • HubbyHubberton profile image

      HubbyHubberton 

      7 years ago

      These are really great ideas - Thanks!

    • LeonJane profile imageAUTHOR

      LeonJane 

      7 years ago from Australia

      Thanks attemptedhumour and brandonfan, glad you both liked this hub and good to hear from you both, thanks!

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      brandonfan 

      7 years ago from Mid West

      Very nice hub LeonJane! There's nothing better than simplicity and surprises as far as I'm concerned. I've ALWAYS used the little note trick too. Great advice!

    • attemptedhumour profile image

      attemptedhumour 

      7 years ago from Australia

      Very wise words and a good reminder to all of us to remember the simple but effective things in life. Cheers

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