Love on a Budget

The UmhlangaFebruary 12, 2021

Words by Jordie Trotter


Show your partner some love without breaking the bank! The month of love is here, and couples around the world take this time to celebrate one another and their relationships. While showering one another with gifts and enjoying romantic experiences together is wonderful, it can get expensive very quickly. We share some fabulous, affordable ways to show some love at any time of the year.


Play Board Games Together

Most of us have a selection of board games at home in a cupboard somewhere that we haven’t thought about or played in ages. Why not pull these out of hiding and make a day of enjoying them with your significant other? Perfect for rainy days or those afternoons when you just want to enjoy spending time at home together, board games will keep the two of you entertained for hours, and a little competition never hurt anyone! Add in some drinks and snacks and you’re ready to go!


Have a Movie Marathon

Valentine’s Day is on a Sunday this year, so why not spend the entire day on the couch with your loved one and have a movie marathon? Grab some snacks, make some popcorn, get comfy and let the marathon begin! We suggest some fan favourites: Marvel Movie Collection, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, The Lord of the Rings or even Bridget Jones to keep the romance vibe for the day!


Sweat Together

If your New Year’s resolution involves getting fit or healthy, working out with your partner is a great way to stay motivated while also enjoying some time together. Whether it’s walking a few times a week or daily workouts, doing this together is often much more enjoyable and rewarding than doing it alone. As they say, couples who work out together stay together!


Plan a Romantic Dinner at Home

Going out for a special meal together is awesome, but you can also create your own romantic dining experience at home. Whether you cook for one another or together, prepare your favourite meal at home, set the table and add a few candles or perhaps some flowers, put the phones away, turn the TV off, send the kids to the grandparents, and enjoy some quality time with your loved one. If cooking is not really your thing or you want a night free of the kitchen, enjoy your favourite takeaway instead.


Get Baking

Whether you are baking together, or for each other, the end result is a delicious treat to enjoy. Baking something that your partner loves is a great way to spoil them and show them you love them. You might decide to spend the time together trying a new recipe or perfecting an old one.



Look for Specials

If you would prefer to go out and do something special together, there are lots of great spots in Umhlanga which offer fabulous specials, including day spas, restaurants, experiences and close getaways. Take some time to look around, online or in your favourite local magazine (The Umhlanga Magazine, of course), for information on special offers and great deals you can take advantage of.


Go Camping… in the Garden

Who says you need to travel to a more remote location to pitch up a tent and camp? A more affordable and more convenient option is to set up a tent in your garden, get the braai going and enjoy a romantic evening under the stars with your partner. Light a few candles or add some fairy lights for a truly romantic setting, and enjoy the time without TV, phones, social media or any other distractions.