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10 Cheap Valentine's Day Dates
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Jessica yadegaran
Contra Costa Times

The economy's taking a hit. Doesn't mean Cupid has to.

Last month, the National Retail Federation reported that Americans plan to spend 16 percent less on their significant others this Valentine's Day. So maybe you won't get the flying lesson or diamond pendant you were hoping for.

No matter. A shrinking wallet is a good reason to grow heart. So, get creative with how you spend the day, and what you do for your cheap date — er, muffin. Since Valentine's Day falls on a Saturday, you have the whole day — if not the weekend — to celebrate. You don't have to rush home from work to hit some generic dinner. And you don't have to wake up early the next morning.

Below, find 10 budget-friendly ways to say "I love you." Or, "I like you a lot." Or, "You're neat."

You get the idea.

#7 A Book of Compliments

Moraga's Kate and David Marshall are the authors of "What I Love About You" (Broadway Books), the ultimate fill-in-the-blank book of adoration. With entries such as, "If we'd first met in a comic strip, the thought bubble over my head would have said ___." and "One of your most irresistible physical features is ___." You can buy two copies and fill them out together. Then, swap. Available at Barnes & Noble in Pleasant Hill and Walnut Creek.

cheap date #7 is a book of appreciations