Just because we’re stuck in the middle of a recession, doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate Valentine’s Day. In fact, there are many ways to celebrate this lover’s holiday without breaking the bank. And according to love expert Paul Falzone, CEO of The Right One and Together Dating–one of the world’s largest brick-and-mortar dating services with more than 60 offices nationwide—many of those date ideas for Valentine’s Day won’t even require a trip to the ATM.
“Sure, the economy could be in better shape. But should that really matter when you’re sharing Valentine’s Day with someone you care about? We all know the answer to that one. Of course not,” said Falzone. “When it comes to Valentine’s Day, if people start to think with their hearts and not their wallets, they’ll discover a world of possibilities for romantic Valentine’s Day dates.”
Sunrise or sunset trip to the park or another location where you can snuggle up on a bench with comforter and hot chocolate to watch the sun come up or down.
Laundry date: Trip to the local laundromat; clothes have got to be cleaned anyway. Bring a picnic basket. Sharing washers and dryers recoups any expenses.
Attend a poetry reading at your local library or bookstore, many of which are free—save the price of any lattes or coffees. Your local newspaper’s calendar section should have the info. Better yet, find your favorite poem, dress in a black turtle neck, buy some instant espresso from the grocery store and host your own poetry reading.
Netflix chick flick movie marathon – Get a trial Netflix membership and rent all the chick flick/Valentine’s Day classics (An Affair to Remember, It Happened One Night, Casablanca).
Valentine’s Day pot luck – Share your Valentine’s Day meal with two or three other couples with each bringing a dish.
Sledding (not just for kids)
Ice skating (some outdoor and indoor rinks are less than $5 per person if you have your own skates)
“When we were kids, Valentine’s Day meant cut-out hearts that you snuck into the locker of the person you had the crush on. We lost track of that ‘it’s the thought that counts’ approach to the day. Frankly, when it comes to Valentine’s Day, the only bottom line that really counts is that you’re with the one you love,” said Falzone.
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Catering to more than 300,000 members at more than 60 locations throughout North America, The Right One and Together Dating are the largest brick and mortar dating services in the industry, offering a more consistent product, a greater number of potentially compatible mates and added value of flexibility in transferring memberships to another geographic region.
North American locations and affiliates of Together are located in: Georgia (Savannah); Indiana (Ft. Wayne, Carmel, Mishawaka); Kentucky (Lexington, Louisville); Louisiana (Metairie); Maryland (Columbia, Frederick); Minnesota (Edina); Nevada (Reno); New Hampshire (Hooksett, Nashua, Portsmouth and Salem); Ohio (Cincinnati); South Carolina (Greenville); Texas (San Antonio) and Virginia (Falls Church).
The Right One’s offices and affiliates located throughout the United States include: California (San Diego); Colorado (Glendale); Georgia (Atlanta); Illinois (Downers Grove, Rockford and Normal); Massachusetts (Norwell, Newton Center, Shrewsbury and Woburn); Michigan (Bingham Farms); Nebraska (Omaha and Lincoln); New Jersey (Cherry Hill); Nevada (Las Vegas); Pennsylvania (King of Prussia); Rhode Island (Warwick); Texas (Dallas and Austin); Utah (Salt Lake City); and Wisconsin (Madison, Appleton, Elm Grove).
Singles Station Dating Company, an affiliate of The Right One and Together Dating, is the largest independently owned personal introduction service in the Southwest. In the last 25 years, Singles Station has introduced more than 100,000 couples and is responsible for thousands of successful relationships and marriages. Singles Station Dating Co. has offices conveniently located in Oklahoma (Oklahoma City and Tulsa), Arkansas (Bentonville, Fort Smith and Little Rock), Tennessee (Memphis and Nashville), Missouri (Springfield and St. Louis) and will be opening soon in Kansas (Wichita and Kansas City). For more information about Singles Station, please visit www.singlesstation.com or call 866-807-LOVE(5683).