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Frugal Ideas for Valentine's Day

It's that time of year again! The month that florists, chocolatiers, and greeting card companies love above all others--and also a good month for those who provide limo rides and other expensive luxuries.

Valentine's Day is certainly a time to remember your spouse, partner, or love-from-afar. But you don't have to throw away a big pile of money. Here are a few among hundreds of wonderful frugal ideas:

* Give your lover a coupon for a service you'll provide. It could be something as prosaic as, "I'll do all your chores for a whole month" or as racy as "I'll be your love slave for 24 hours and do anything you want" (or anything in between!) The great thing about coupons is the way they warm the soul at several times: while you make them, when they're received, while the special person in your life is thinking about them, and, of course, when they're actually "cashed in."

* Buy a couple of very special--but inexpensive--treats. (For instance, a local candy store in my town sells heavenly layered truffles that melt in your mouth and are just exquisite. They're small, and they sell for 30 cents apiece!) Arrange them on an elegant plate, add one long-stemmed rose, and bringing it in as breakfast in bed.

* Give a head-to-toe, full-body, oiled massage, nude and in a well-heated room.

* Take a bubble bath together.

* Make an old-fashioned valentine out of red construction paper and lace--the kind you made in grade school.

My book, The Penny-Pinching Hedonist, has an entire chapter of frugal romantic ideas. See below for more information. See you next month!

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