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10 Budget-Friendly Flowers for Valentine's Day

Posted on 2/10/2016 8:06 EST

Red roses are the quintessential symbols of love on Valentine's Day, but a dozen costs a bundle, especially when bought last minute or ordered for delivery. Instead, choose budget-friendly flowers or plants and deliver them yourself. Buy blooms several days ahead and keep them fresh by cutting the stems at an angle several inches from the bottom and submerging them in cool water away from heat and sun. To make a beautiful bouquet, enfold in tissue paper and then wrapping paper, and tie with a pretty ribbon and bow. Read More

20 Romantic Hotels for Less Than $125 a Night

Posted on 2/8/2016 16:22 EST

Spending a little one-on-one time with your partner at a romantic hideaway may sound like the stuff of dreams. But the cost of a special night in a secluded or distinctive spot is cheaper than you think. Here are 20 hotels that hit all the right notes, including rates starting at $125 or less at certain times of year. Beware, though -- prices on Valentine's Day weekend will surely soar way over budget. Instead, book a getaway in the coming weeks or months as a Valentine gift. Read More

20 of the Best Bagel Shops Across the Country

Posted on 2/8/2016 13:56 EST

Feb. 9 is National Bagel Day, and what better way to celebrate this cheap, filling, and savory delight than by popping into one of the nation's best bagel shops and scoring a few of these treats? From New York to Dallas to Los Angeles, these establishments all score big with customers on review sites such as Yelp, Zomato, TripAdvisor, and others, making them an easy choice if you're in the neighborhood. Read More

31 Aphrodisiac Foods to Put You in the Mood on Valentine's Day

Posted on 2/8/2016 11:00 EST

Aphrodisiacs promise enhanced libido and a little more oomph in the bedroom, but most are unsubstantiated, and no natural aphrodisiacs have been approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration. Still, there are some promising possibilities that have been used by many cultures -- and plausible explanations why they might work. For instance, zinc is a mineral responsible for the production of sex hormones such as testosterone, and many people are zinc deficient -- so foods high in zinc may be considered aphrodisiacs. Others improve blood flow. In general, anything that promotes good health is likely to improve sexual health in the process. Here are 31 foods to consider putting on the Valentine's Day menu -- if nothing else, don't knock the placebo effect. Read More

Weekly Update: Valentine’s Day, Mardi Gras, Potato Recipes, Deals, and More

Posted on 2/5/2016 16:14 EST

Love is in the air, and romantic partners are getting ready for Valentine’s Day. Here are ideas for celebrating in style while minding the budget. Enjoy a few chocolate treats together and maybe start planning a destination wedding. With Mardi Gras coming up on Feb. 9, New Orleans beckons with plenty of free and cheap attractions. Hearty meals planned around potatoes, a cheap staple, can be enjoyed en famille while gathered around a new LED TV. Read More

12 Valentine's Day Ideas Your Date (and Your Wallet!) Will Love

Posted on 2/5/2016 8:30 EST

With Valentine's Day looming -- and Feb. 14 falling on a weekend -- many couples are making extravagant plans. But Valentine's Day can present a serious financial challenge, especially to a bank account still recovering from the winter holidays. If you don't have the cash (or patience) for dinner at a fancy restaurant crowded by every other couple in town, alternatives abound. These romantic date ideas will have you sipping fine wine, sharing an elegant dessert, or holding your sweetheart close for very little money. Read More

10 Valentine's Day Dinners to Make at Home

Posted on 2/5/2016 8:08 EST

Cooking dinner with a loved one or new flame on Valentine's Day is a fun date idea with benefits: It avoids the hassle of reservations and overpriced prix-fixe menus. Even inexpensive meal ideas can make for an impressive Valentine's Day, and even beginning cooks can put together one of these romantic dishes (which they can later slot into a normal weekday repertoire). Read More


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Posted on 2/4/2016 15:02 EST


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10 Chocolate Meccas Across America

Posted on 2/4/2016 9:32 EST

February is arguably the best month of the year for chocolate fanatics. They surely give thanks for all the sweet Valentine's Day goodies on store shelves and consider February's designation as National Chocolate Lovers' Month another excuse for guilt-free chocolate gluttony. Tempted to shell out $10 for an artisanal bar? Instead, go to the source: These 10 chocolate companies invite visitors to sample chocolate for free or the price of a tour. Read More

10 Cheap Recipes for Potato Lovers' Month

Posted on 2/4/2016 9:23 EST

Potatoes are the epitome of comfort food -- soft, hearty, and filling. Delicious on their own with minimal spicing and able to take on nearly any flavor without losing their identity, potatoes are a culinary wonder. Dirt-cheap prices make them a staple for people across the economic divide and in many cooking traditions. So celebrate the humble spud during Potato Lovers' Month (as February has been declared by state potato commissions) with these 10 easy and low-cost recipes. Read More

10 Free Pre-Valentine's Day Workouts for Couples

Posted on 2/3/2016 9:30 EST

Months of holiday celebrations and winter hibernation can pack on pounds, but with Valentine's Day approaching, it's time to feel your sensual best. It seems to be true that couples who work out together have more satisifying relationships, as Psychology Today found in a 2014 roundup of studies related to exercise and romance. Couples who work out every day no doubt also have more interesting nights to look forward to once the lights are off, so it might be worth trying these free couples exercises. Read More

10 Places Where Chocolate Lovers Have to Try the Hot Cocoa

Posted on 2/3/2016 9:10 EST

Whether you're toughing out the cold in Fairbanks or facing a slight winter chill in San Diego, there's nothing like sipping a steaming mug of delicious hot cocoa. In celebration of National Chocolate Lovers' Month, here are 10 spots where a few dollars can buy one of the best cups of cocoa in the country. Pair it with chocolate-covered strawberries, rich truffles, or another chocolatey treat to really indulge this February. Read More

10 Places for Budget-Friendly Destination Weddings

Posted on 2/3/2016 8:40 EST

Planning a destination wedding on a budget can be quite a challenge. In addition to travel, there are many other expenses for couples and their guests to consider, including accommodations, ceremony and reception venues, dining options, and extra activities. For those willing to look beyond the beaten track, though, there are a number of locales both here and abroad for a destination wedding that won't break the bank. Read More

10 Cheap Valentine Treats Besides a Box of Chocolates

Posted on 2/3/2016 8:31 EST

Chocolates are a time-tested gift for Valentine's Day, but also perhaps a little tired. To give a gift that's a little more unique (or cater to dietary needs) while keeping to a budget, consider these other treats. Read More

10 Ways to Give a Romantic Valentine's Day Gift on a Budget

Posted on 2/3/2016 8:19 EST

Valentine's Day is the perfect time to show a loved one how much you care, but the costs of traditional gifts such as jewelry or fine dining can get uncomfortably high -- and some people just object to the commercialization and commodification of a day that's supposed to be about loving each other. Instead of plunking down dozens (or hundreds) of dollars for the holiday, try these gift ideas instead. Read More

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