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Loved up for less


Laine Gordon

By Laine Gordon

4 min read

New research shows that Valentine’s Day is the Hallmark holiday that Australians spend the most on. But you can be romantic without breaking the bank. In fact you can woo your loved one for less than $100!

How to be romantic for under $100 – RateCity's Ali Cassim helping loved-up Australians on The Today Show.

The flowers

RateCity's Ali Cassim said that everybody loves flowers, but they can be really expensive.

"They can cost a fortune, but there are some great options if you shop online for fixed-price bouquets," she said.

"Or suprise your loved one with a delivery on Friday – everyone loves getting flowers delivered to the office. I know I do!"

Save money on the biggest expense right away – the flowers! A personalised bouquet from a high end florist will cost you $70 minimum.  Do some research online and check out some of the flat price bouquets on the market – some online florists specialise in making one bouquet style per day which means you pay less for the personalizing!  Using these sites, you can pick up an impressive bunch for around $25 including same day delivery!

  • If you are having them delivered, check out companies like Little Flowers or The Little Market Bunch.
  • If you are picking them up, look up your local flower market and get up early to get a great bunch.  You can get a really beautiful big bunch of flowers at the markets for under $30.

Action or adventure?

Cassim said that gifting a voucher often has a stigma attached that the gift giver isn't being thoughtful, but that's not always true.

"If you give a voucher for an experience that you know they'll love and if it's quality time together, that's always love," she said.

Get creative with surprise activities – there is nothing more romantic than spontaneity! Sites like Red Balloon, GoDo and Adrenalin have great deals on experiential activities for around the $50 mark!  Choose something that involves food and you are ticking all of the boxes.

Dinner for two

Find a great dinner package.  Again searching online for a good package deal can save you a lot of money when it comes to dinner packages. Check out Groupon, Cudo and Deals.com.au for some great options:

For around the $60 mark you can get a three course dinner for two with drinks. There are several available at restaurants nationwide and most of these sites will let you search by city. Get in quick before Saturday books out! Combine this option with some pre-purchased flowers and you have ticked all of the boxes.

Pop up picnic

Cassim said a picnic can be a great way to enjoy a more relaxed and intimate dinner with your loved one.

"I think picnics are beautiful. You can get away from the fancy restaurants and the sometimes stiff conversation and spend time just the two of you and there are companies that will do all the work for you," she said.

Invest in a pre-packaged picnic. There are a range of companies Australia wide that create easy picnics to go – perfect for busy people!  Be romantic and have the picnic sent to your loved one with a note telling them where to meet you! Online sites like Pop up Picnic will not only pack your picnic for you and deliver it, they also list the perfect picnic locations!

Out of the box

For a unique experience, romantics could look beyond the traditional Valentine's Day activities, said Cassim.

"You might want to hire help to serenade your partner on Valentine's Day and there are sites like AirTasker where you can pop up a job for someone to do for you. It might someone to chauffeur you for the day or whatever your imagine runs wild with," she said.

"Someone to wash the dishes might be your idea of a real treat," she added.

 

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