Anna Stringer gives us her top 9 tips to avoid capitalism this Valentine’s Day…
1. The savvy shopper
Take full advantage of half-price Valentine’s gifts on Feb the 15th. No lover? No problem. Never say no to cheap chocs. BOGOF? Yes please.
2. Canny craft
Or better yet … make your date a gift they’ll never forget. I’m talking beaded necklaces, Scoubi chains and Hama Beads. The height of romantic sophistication.
3. College dinner
Why spend a fortune on an expensive meal when you can find fortune in a nutritious, balanced, and unique dining experience? Not to mention the potatoes. V romantic.
4. Wild camping
Avoid forking out for an over-priced, underwhelming hotel, and take your date for a romantic evening à la Bear Grylls. Wild camping guarantees no cost, no disappointment and a romantic bonding experience over frostbite. What’s not to like?
5. Resourceful drinking
No need to buy pricey wine or cocktails when you can polish off the dregs of your housemate’s wine. Waste not want not.
6. The (cinematic) Peeping Tom
Take advantage of those capitalist neighbours splashing out on Amazon Prime and get yourself in on that action.
You will need:
- A house with a gap in the curtains
- A leg-up (may I suggest your date?)
- A get-away plan
- Advanced lip-reading skills
- An umbrella
Added bonus if the film contains Timothée Chalamet, David Tennant or Keira Knightley.
7. Break up with your SO
Nothing says anarchist rejection of V-Day quite like a break-up.
Take your SO for a romantic picnic. The twist? No need to bring your own food. Sneak up on poor, unsuspecting couples and liberate the odd scotch egg here and there. Oof, the thrill.
9. Pesto pasta.
No need to spend hours slaving over the stove when you can opt for this timeless classic. Simple, affordable, and a culinary revolution. Dreamy.