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17 Ways To Celebrate Valentine's Day Without Breaking The Bank

My love don't cost a thing.

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1. Get your book geek on.

Find a free library and spend the day sharing your favourite authors and poets. The British Library is a great spot, as is the hidden Poetry Library at the Southbank Centre. Signet Library in Edinburgh, and the Liverpool Central Library are both beautiful too.
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Find a free library and spend the day sharing your favourite authors and poets. The British Library is a great spot, as is the hidden Poetry Library at the Southbank Centre. Signet Library in Edinburgh, and the Liverpool Central Library are both beautiful too.

2. Go stargazing.

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There's nothing more romantic than looking at the stars with someone special... and even better, there's no price on the solar system. Read this handy guide to stargazing, and spend the evening marvelling at the cosmos.

3. Create a love notes jar.

This is ~adorable~. You fill an old jar with handwritten compliments and notes about why you love the person you're gifting it to. Because feelings are worth so much more than jewellery or chocolates.
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This is ~adorable~. You fill an old jar with handwritten compliments and notes about why you love the person you're gifting it to. Because feelings are worth so much more than jewellery or chocolates.

4. Build a blanket fort.

No explanation needed. Tutorial here.
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No explanation needed. Tutorial here.

5. Watch the sunset.

Cheesy but still so very romantic. Find a spot in a local park or somewhere up high, bring a blanket and a bottle of something, and watch the sun go to sleep.
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Cheesy but still so very romantic. Find a spot in a local park or somewhere up high, bring a blanket and a bottle of something, and watch the sun go to sleep.

6. Make an at-home cinema.

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All you need is a smartphone and this tutorial. Then you can plan out a movie binge-watching session of all your other-half's favourite films.

7. Play boardgames.

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A night spent playing Trivial Pursuit is a night well-spent. There are loads of two-player games out there too, like Hive, and Scrabble, and Rivals For Catan (please don't judge me, I'm a huge nerd).

N.B. competitive couples should avoid this. Take it from personal experience, your loved one beating you at Scrabble can bring out an ugly side you never knew existed.

8. Find a free exhibition.

There are loads of places you can absorb a little culture for free. If you're based in London, head to the National Gallery, the V&A, or the Natural History Museum. For a full list of free museums, check out this comprehensive guide.
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There are loads of places you can absorb a little culture for free. If you're based in London, head to the National Gallery, the V&A, or the Natural History Museum. For a full list of free museums, check out this comprehensive guide.

9. Have an indoors picnic.

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Like breakfast in bed but better. Set up candles, blankets and a good movie, and have an indoors picnic. This is way less effort than cooking a fancy dinner (picnic food is meant to be simple and no-fuss) and WAY less expensive than eating out. Plus, this looks so much more impressive and thoughtful.

10. Spend the night gaming.

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I play Assassins Creed while you cheer me on. Maybe a bit of Tekken as the night goes on. This is literally my dream date.

11. Take a picturesque stroll.

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There are so many stunning parks and country walks to be found, and they don't cost a penny. Even in a big city like London there are loads (find 17 of the best here), so you have no excuse. Map out a picturesque walk in your local area for a lovely way to spend V-Day. Bonus points if it ends in a pub.

12. Volunteer.

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So much of Valentine's Day is about spending money. Turn this on its head and show some love by giving your time. If you spend Valentine's Day volunteering with your other half, you'll be giving something far more important than flowers or chocolate.

13. Escape for the weekend.

Ok, this may still be quite pricey, but if you head to lastminute.com, there are LOADS of huge discounts on weekends away. See if you can scoop a bargain and head away for the weekend on the cheap. There's also a great guide here for trips for two for less than £100. If not, a sweet alternative is to print off pictures of whichever romantic destination you want, and turn your house into a foreign escape for the night.
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Ok, this may still be quite pricey, but if you head to lastminute.com, there are LOADS of huge discounts on weekends away. See if you can scoop a bargain and head away for the weekend on the cheap. There's also a great guide here for trips for two for less than £100.

If not, a sweet alternative is to print off pictures of whichever romantic destination you want, and turn your house into a foreign escape for the night.

14. Make chocolates.

Making your own chocolates is actually surprisingly easy (I used to do this as a student for my then-boyfriend). My favourite recipes were peanut butter cups and chocolate truffles.
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Making your own chocolates is actually surprisingly easy (I used to do this as a student for my then-boyfriend). My favourite recipes were peanut butter cups and chocolate truffles.

15. Play strip poker.

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Sexy, fun and free as long as you have a set of cards. If you don't fancy getting naked, change the losing an item of clothing to romantic forfeits.

16. Bury a time capsule.

Write letters to your future selves, and talk about your hopes for the future then bury it to be dug up again in 10 years.
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Write letters to your future selves, and talk about your hopes for the future then bury it to be dug up again in 10 years.

17. Stay in bed.

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Doing ~naughty~ things or just sleeping. I know which I'd choose (sleeping. Always sleeping).