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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Everyone knows that Valentine's Day is supposed to be romantic. You know what's anything but romantic, though? Fights over money.

Yes, spending too much on this holiday, particularly during tough economic times like these, could lead to utterly unromantic clashes mere weeks from now when your credit card bill shows up in the mail.

As unpleasant as that scenario sounds, there's no need to worry:

You really and truly don't have to spend big bucks to enjoy a special day together.

The following tips can help you brainstorm fun-yet-frugal ideas for what could turn out to be your best Valentine's Day yet.

* Devise a plan. Especially if money is tight right now, sit down and talk about what makes the most sense for both of you this Valentine's Day.

Is this really the year to long for diamonds? For expensive flowers that will wilt and die in a matter of days? For a high-dollar night out? Instead, consider focusing on spending quality, memorable time together this year.

* Maybe staying in for the whole day just isn't your speed. If you decide to head out, you still don't have to burn through too much cash.

Could you bundle up and go for a cruise to the beach or hiking, even a picnic lunch that you pack from home?

Or, if the weather isn't that cold where you live, could you do something completely out of the ordinary for the two of you, such as taking a rowboat or paddleboat out on a nearby lake, or going for a stroll through a park or neighborhood you've never visited before?