I've found something that many men do not understand. "Romance does not equal money." The men I've talked with have been frightened off by television and movies and believe that romance is something outside of their budget. They are wrong.
When I think of most romantic and breathtaking stories that my friends and I discuss over coffee, we don't talk about flying off to Europe or drinking most expensive champagne. The little things like holding hands, reading stories together, and lots of laughter are what we hold dear.
I've put together a list of ways to show love -- without running up your credit card bill. And, ladies, this list is for you, too. Initiate following ideas with your Sweetie, and show him how much you care. The ideas below are for men or women and fit every budget.
Love Notes - Leave Love Notes for your Sweetheart to find.
Pampering - Brush her hair. Scratch his back.
Wildlife - Feed ducks, squirrels, birds, turtles or fish near you.
Games - Turn off TV. Sit and play cards or board games together.
Cooking - Find recipes to make with your sweetheart.
Candles - Candles should be used every day -- for meals, bath time, snuggling.
Read together - Choose a book and take turns reading it to each other.
Photos - When is last time you had a photo taken together? What are you waiting for?
Work Date - Surprise your love with a lunch date.
Stroll - Leave TV, phone and computer behind and go on a walk together.
Spell it Out - With Sidewalk Chalk, write your names in a heart on sidewalk where your sweetheart is sure to see it.
Entertainment - Go see a High School or College play or concert. It is affordable and fun!
Slow Dance - Turn on radio and dance to songs you fell in love listening to.
Star Gaze - Drive out to country and look at stars.