How to Say “I Love You” Without Spending a Dime

Love is in the air…and so is frustration. Valentine’s Day may be the day to celebrate love but let’s face it; it’s also another wallet-depleting holiday. Last year Americans spent $17.6 billion on Valentine’s Day. Yep-that’s billion, with a B! Even cupid would agree that’s just crazy.

Why not try something different this year? We’ve listed some V-Day gestures that are not only romantic (probably more romantic than what you’re used to doing for the holiday), but free. That’s right-totally, completely, 100% free. Doubt your partner will be impressed? We lovingly disagree, and encourage you to give one or two of these ideas a try. Feel free to report back here or on our Facebook page!

Coupon Book. Create your own coupon book full of loving, sexy “coupons”. Your partner will be able to “cash in” these coupons whenever they choose. You can include cute things such as “a morning of breakfast in bed” or “choose the movie tonight”.  Don’t worry about making the coupon book perfect. You may want to print the coupons out at home or draw them up by hand.

Massage. More than likely, you’ve promised your partner a massage once or twice before. Whether or not you came through on the promise is another story. Few things are more intimate than a massage, but they can run up to over $100 an hour. Give your partner a complimentary massage. Dim the lights and use lotion you already have at home to create a sensual night-in.

Love Notes. This is one of my favorite ideas. If you’ve been with your partner for a while, you probably haven’t written a love note in quite some time. This is the perfect occasion to play catch-up. Just like with the coupon book, don’t worry about making the notes look perfect. In fact, handwritten love notes are much more romantic. If you’re planning on cooking dinner for your valentine, perhaps you can lead a trail to the table with a few short love notes. Not only are love notes genuinely romantic, they’re keepsakes that your partner can treasure for a long time.

Couples’ Games. Give your night-in the perfect touch of flirty fun with couples’ games. You can choose use these games as foreplay, like the famous ‘naughty dice’ game, or you can choose to keep things innocent and flirty with ’20 questions’. Get more ideas for free couples’ games here.

Create a Playlist. If you have an established playlist on your personal computer and are familiar with your valentine’s taste in music, this is a great option for you. You can burn the playlist on a CD and sign it with a loving saying. Thinking this is too cheesy? Maybe so, but it works for some. Remember this scene from No Strings Attached?

Post by Izabella De Souza

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The Dos and Don’ts to Building Your Reception Playlist


Do a little dance, make a little love, get down tonight. Sounds like the perfect plan for your wedding day, right? We certainly think so. But before you can do that little dance, you’ve got to set the scene for the right wedding reception playlist. Here are some rules to live by when consulting with your DJ about building the ideal playlist.

1. Playlist Harmony. It may come as a surprise, but this is also someone else’s wedding too…your future spouse’s! And just because you’ve come to love one another enough to spend the rest of your lives together, it doesn’t necessarily mean that your playlists feel the same way about each other. Remember to consider both yours and your beau’s musical tastes when compiling a wedding playlist. A variety of wedding songs are to be expected, so don’t worry about his Guns N’ Roses clashing with your Gangnam Style! Maybe he wouldn’t mind hearing an acoustic version of a classic during dinner.

2. Spread the Love. It’s important to keep your guest list handy when formulating the wedding playlist. What will Aunt Debbie and Uncle Rich enjoy dancing to? Or how about Grandma Sue’s favorite ditty, Runaround Sue? Even a sprinkle of some oldies may be appropriate for a portion of the crowd. If your cousin Jaime loves Madonna, throw in a little Like a Virgin. Even if something may not be exactly to your taste, you’ll enjoy seeing everyone else having a great time dancing.


3. A Little Goes a Long Way. The biggest mistake people make when going to meet with their reception DJ is bringing along a big list of songs they want played at the wedding. For most DJs, this is unnecessary. At maximum, your DJ should need is a list of about 12-15 songs that depict the mood you want at your reception. From there, he or she will be able to compile a larger playlist based on the list you provide. Remember, DJs have extensive databases of songs from every genre. You may spend hours putting together a list of hundreds of songs that they would be able to compile in minutes.

4. DJ Knows Best. There’s a reason why people hire a DJ. It’s not just to play music; it’s to guide the atmosphere of the party. DJs are trained to read the vibe of the crowd. From there, they choose the best song for the moment. Receptions are usually just 4 hours in length, a time span that is further decreased by formalities like speeches and dinner courses.  It’s crucial that you trust your DJ to make musical decisions during the party. After all, that’s why you hired them in the first place. To feel most comfortable about handing over all the music power for your reception, it’s a good idea to have at least one face to face meeting with your DJ prior to the wedding. It’s best to meet about a month in advance to discuss your expectations, as well as provide a DO NOT PLAY list. This way you’re guaranteed to not hear the songs you dislike. Now you can relax on your big day, knowing the party is in the best possible hands.

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