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Splurge on love the cost effective way
Standard Bank Team
Super Contributor

Streets, hotels, stores and restaurants were covered in red, pink and white streamers, with big heart shaped signs wishing everyone a happy Valentine’s Day. It can be quite an expensive celebration for most and can hurt your pocket.

No reason to leave the love sharing to one day of the year. Here are a few ideas of how to keep the love flowing all year around, without breaking the bank.

Home is where the heart is
You can make staying home with your partner special and completely romantic with just a bit of effort. From time to time, why not dim the lights, light some pretty-smelling candles, and make a really nice dinner together. You can watch a romantic-comedy and have a lovely evening together.

Anytime is love time
If you and your darling would rather opt for a more traditional romantic date, this can be done at a reasonable cost. Have you thought of making lunch-time reservations at your favourite restaurant? The menu might be cheaper and you'll avoid the crowds at night. You can even end off the date with a movie at home.

Love all year round
If you live together, you can scatter handwritten love notes around the house, hiding some of them in hard-to-find places. Your partner will still be finding them weeks, perhaps even months, after 14 February has passed. How’s that for romance?

So forget the high price tag or expensive gadgets. Focus on the love experience. With a little effort you’ll be able to keep the romance going while still having plenty of cash left over for the rest of the year.

Also, we’ve got a little something that might also help.

If you have a Stanbic IBTC Debit MasterCard, you can enjoy some of our special Valentine season offers:

• 25% OFF at Four Points Sheraton, Lekki
• 20% OFF at Clear Essence Spa, Ikoyi
• 20% OFF at Bnatural Medspa, Abuja & Ikeja GRA
• 20% OFF at Elion House Hotel Spa, Ikoyi

This offer is on until 30 June 2103– further proof that romance isn’t only for Valentine’s day.

We’d love to hear how you spent your Valentine and the interesting ways you have for showing your love all year round.