So it's Valentines Day and you feel you have/want to take your "number one fan" out. Either that or you know you're in a relationship that just wouldn't survive any further if you didn't make the effort to make an overt show of affection towards your beloved, even if you were extremely strapped for cash and couldn't afford to by two full meals if your life depended on it.
This sound familiar? Then don't burrow your head in the sand or hide under a rock only to come out a day or two after Valentine's Day just yet, friend, 'cause YEN has come to the rescue. We've thought of several budget friendly ways you can enjoy your Valentine's Day that won't be as financially damaging, but that say "I love you" just as well.
The beach option
Accra Metropolis (or just outside the city limits) has several beaches where couples can go and have leisurely walks, hold hands, or (even better) camp out and picnic in relative privacy. One thing I've come to understand is this, sometimes nothing shows your partner how much you love them more than just spending quality time....and spending time at most beaches is free.
A private, home-cooked dinner
As a African man, chances are that the last thing your lady friend expects you to do is to make her a home cooked meal for her on Valentine's Day, I mean, "African man, no way!" But if you're going to opted for this, don't just stop at the meal, go the whole nine yards. Bust out the candles and, if you've got roommates, call in a favor. Hell, remind whoever you live with of all those times you did great things for them and make them leave the house/room so you can get your ambiance going. Then go ahead and cook that meal, it doesn't have to be extravagant, all it has to be is tasty and from the heart.
Another thing, if you're smart enough to know what her favorite dishes are, then you've got more than enough ammo to come out on top...if you know what I mean.
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Breakfast in bed - whether it's yours or hers
According to experts, how you start your day ends up defining what that day turns out to be, this is how the idiom "got out the wrong side of bed" comes from. So if taking your date out may cause irreparable damage to your finances and you already have a well stocked fridge from the month's grocery shopping, then you have all you need to make this day a great Valentine's Day.
Plus, the fact that your staging arena will be the bedroom means your closer to "home run" than anyone taking their dates out...hehe.
Get out, dance, get her a chocolate, but minimize
There are times when even though you can't afford to go out and pamper your date with a four course meal, you nevertheless feel you must go out anyway. For these times, if you could garner even a fraction of what you thought you needed, you may just have enough to make it count. In these times, pull out your best jacket and look good, go out and share an ice cream (remember Disney's Lady and The Tramp?), buy her one chocolate instead of a whole box, dance, be the gentleman that gets out the car car first to help her out, or hold the door for her even if she doesn't need it.
People say chivalry is dead, but put to the right use, chivalry will revive your relationship as well as an electric shock does to a flat-lined patient.
Be there, wherever "there" is
At the end of the day Valentine's Day is day for celebrating the love between two people, not necessarily a day for giving or receiving gifts. If you're on a tight budget but you can still find a way to express to your loved one how feel in a way they can understand, then you've gone further than most people will ever go.
Even if someone else gave their lover/girlfriend/wife a million dollar gift, if they weren't able to properly convey their affection and you were, know that you've done your part.
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