Ireland’s Guide To Money And Living

Love is in the air (at the last minute)

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There almost seems to be a certain requirement for spending on Valentine’s Day – too little and you’re a cheapskate, but too much jewellery, nice flowers and fancy meals and your wallet won’t be thanking you.

But fear not – there are options for the financially-challenged. For example, Grand Prix roses are some of the finest flowers available, and with fresh deliveries until Valentine’s Day, €29.99 for a bouquet at Lidl and Aldi is a pretty fantastic price, with a range of other bouquets and gift arrangements from both German retailers that won’t break the bank.

And there’s plenty more you can do for your other half on a budget. Why not plan a quiet day at home, starting with breakfast in bed, and ending with a nice home-cooked meal? Or, if you do plan on venturing out, why not grab your jacket (or perhaps two), and head to some of the country’s most romantic spots for a leisurely stroll and some quality time – the Lakes of Killarney, Adare Manor or Sligo’s Glencar Waterfall all spring to mind.

If you’re struggling with a gift, fear not, we have some ideas here too. Jewellery is nice, undoubtedly, but not necessary. Something thoughtful will be much more appreciated (hopefully), like a photo album which tells the story of your relationship, or a recreation of your first date. Put on your thinking cap!

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