LOCKDOWN has been tough on lovers – so Valentine’s Day is a chance to give your relationship a boost.
If you are sick of the usual lovey-dovey stuff, you need not fork out a fortune to ramp up the romance this Sunday.
Call me Cupid, but here are some ideas.
JOINED AT THE SIP: What is Valentine’s without a glass of wine or two?
If you want to impress with new knowledge, or learn with your love, check out Aldi Wine School online to access a free educational hub – even a free Aldiploma course to help you understand what you drink.
TALK IS CHEAP? Tensions can run high at home when cooped up for so long — but issues can often be sorted with better communication.
I recently discovered the app Paired where you pair up with your other half, answering quizzes and questions to check how you are both feeling.
The basic option is free to download on iOS or Android and it also features guides, tips and a daily conversation starter to tackle topics you might not get round to discussing.
The app is simple to use and does not hit your wallet like talking to a counsellor – around £50 a pop, depending on where you live.
LOVE NOTE: If you fear you have missed the post, or haven’t been able to rustle up a card, send an e-card instead.
It can also be more eco-friendly.
I like paperlesspost.com for this, and you can even spy to see when the note has been opened.
Choose from a free card or pay a little for a personalised photo card.
PLAY AND STAY: Fancy a romantic night at the theatre?
That is still possible, and for free, from your sofa.
Get your fix with a pre-recorded show.
I love free theatre streaming site scenesaver.co.uk.
It has more than 350 shows from across the globe.
No need to pay, just register to watch.
It even offers fake tickets you can print off for free, to make it feel more like the real thing.
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Deal of the day
YOU can get a pack of 60 Nip+Fab Salicylic Fix night-time pads for £11.25 when buying with a Clubcard at Tesco.
SPICE up your weekend fakeaway with a bag of new McCain Firecracker wedges, £1.50 at Iceland.
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THE Fabulous Beauty Box is back.
Get your hands on loads of top products from brands including Mark Hill, Batiste, E.L.F Cosmetics and Kiehl’s.
The products are worth £128 in total but you can get them for just £32.
Head to latestinbeauty.com to get yours.
PAMPERING has cheered me up in lockdown.
But you do not need to fork out a fortune.
Sisley Paris Black Rose skin cream is renowned, but £146.50.
Aldi’s Lacura Ebony Rose cream does the job for £6.99.
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DO you miss charity shops as a place to find bargain buys, while also helping people?
You can still shop a wide range of donated items online, at onlineshop.oxfam.org.uk.
There is everything from homeware to books and clothes.
Shop and save
BUY a bottle of Dove Shower Mousse and get another free at superdrug.com.
The coconut-oil variety is my favourite.
FIGLEAVES is moving to SimplyBe.
So check out figleaves.com for up to 60 per cent off, as all must go.
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