Prudent Valentine

by Dual Income No Kids on February 15, 2007 · 0 comments

Happy Valentine’s Day!

This most romantic of holidays not only means chocolate and roses, but over priced roses. This goes along with Valentine’s Day ‘special’, aka dinner for two that could otherwise feed a whole family for a month in other parts of the world.

Our first Valentine’s Day we enjoyed a lovely meal at nice Indian restaurant, thanks to my now lovely husband. When the bill came around I nearly keeled over to notice that it was $160 for dinner. For that price we didn’t even have leftovers!

Perhaps you are lucky enough to live in a place where you can actually get dinner without the inflated special price on Valentine’s Day. This year we opted for a more frugal option, dinner a la chef Miel. We enjoyed a candlelight meal of sauteed pork loin with balsamic fig reduction sauce, jasmine rice, broccoli, and Macedonian wine. All this for under $20, including the wine. We could still go out to eat several times, on any day other than the 14th, and get much more enjoyment out of the same price, or just put in the bank!

Warning: The frugal option doesn’t always bare the best results when in the courtship phase. James was much better off with footing a hefty bill than trying to make at multi-course meal!

Happy Valentine’s!


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