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How to wine, dine and entertain your date on Valentine’s Day for free or on a budget — plus win £15,000 on the Sun Savers Raffle

WITH V-Day almost upon us, loved-up couples might not be in love with the pressure to spend.

As £650million is predicted to be forked out on Valentine’s Day this year, these romantic suggestions will have you playing Cupid — without your wallet taking an arrow . . .

ACTIVITIES: Dates can be costly, with even bowling setting you back up to £8 per person. Instead, choose free activities, such as local walks where you can also whip your phone out for some scenic selfies.

Visit free museums and art galleries for a cultured approach. Or just settle in at home with your Netflix account and get ready to chill with budget snacks.

FOOD: Nab a 90-day Tastecard trial membership online for £1 and enjoy two-for-one dining deals.

Meerkat Meals also offers two-for-one meals when you buy a qualifying product through comparethemarket.com.

If going to a restaurant is still too pricey, put together a picnic with your dates’ favourite snacks — a handmade touch is always appreciated.

DRINKS: At an average £7 each, you can end up out of pocket pretty quickly when buying cocktails. Happy hours are going to be your wingman on the night, with All Bar One offering cocktails for less than a fiver during weekdays.

Check if local bars and pubs offer cheap/free drinks when you sign up to their mailing list or download their app.

Ember Inns pubs give you a free drinks when you register on the app.

OUTFITS: Don’t splurge out on a new frock, have a dig through your wardrobe for forgotten threads. If it’s empty, organise a clothes swap with friends — you never know what gems they will be happy to part with.

Or check out charity shops. There are plenty of glam options available just after the Christmas festive season.

Happy romancing, Sun Savers.

Deal of the day

ADD some sparkle with the glittery Asda Extra Special Raspberry & Rose Gin Liqueur, £10, usually £12.

SAVE: £2

Top swap

KIDS love jumping in muddy puddles. But you don’t have to splash the cash – these pink wellies from Matalan are a cheaper alternative to a pair from JoJo Maman Bébé.

SAVE: £12

Reader's saving tip

MARISA ELLIS from Bromley, Kent, says: “To remove unwanted ring marks from wood, place a soft, lint-free cloth on top of the water stain, and then run the iron over it slowly – make sure you use a very light pressure.”

Shop & save

LIGHT up your week with this Multiwick Candle in Black Amber & Patchouli on offer at Argos. Was £8, now £2.99.

SAVE: £5.01

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GET better than half-price on selected Venus razors at Superdrug.


Cheap treat

TREAT your loved one (or yourself) to this Ferrero Rocher Heart on offer in Tesco. Was £5, now £3.

SAVE: £2

My Sun Savers fiver

EMMA FITZPATRICK from Bradford says: “I’m saving my Savers fivers for driving lessons.”

Play now to win £15,000 on the Sun Savers Raffle

JOIN thousands of readers taking part in the new Sun Savers Raffle.

Every Sun Savers code you enter will earn you a ticket for our £15k monthly Raffle. And for every ten tickets you collect in a calendar month, you get a GOLDEN TICKET for our £80k Raffle, which takes place every three months, with the first one at the end of June.

There is no limit to how many tickets you can collect. So the more you enter, the better your chances.

To take part go to sunsavers.co.uk or open the Sun Savers app. Then opt in to each month’s Raffle by clicking “Yes!” when prompted and start collecting the Sun Savers codes printed daily in the paper.

Every time you scan or enter a code into Sun Savers, you get a Raffle ticket in the £15k Raffle.

Not yet a Sun Savers member? Just go to sunsavers.co.uk or find “Sun Savers” in the app store to get started.

Fancy a free fiver?

YOU can get FREE cash with super Sun Savers just for buying your favourite paper.

Our brilliant new rewards club will pay back our most loyal readers.

Just pick up the paper each day to collect your Sun Savers codes and we will GIVE YOU £5 when you have ­collected 28.

This isn’t a one-off and there is no limit to how much cash you can save.

For every 28 codes you enter, we will give you a fiver. So over the course of a year, that could add up to £65.

We are keeping it super-simple. You don’t have to enter codes from consecutive days, so don’t worry if you forget a day or two.


Download our easy Sun Savers app and quickly scan your code using your smartphone. Or go online and enter your code at sunsavers.co.uk.

To get you on your way, join today and we will put a bonus £1 in your Sun Savers wallet tomorrow. And the good news doesn’t stop with free cash.

With Sun Savers, we give you the best hacks, deals and tips to save money every single day.

TO JOIN: Don’t worry, folks — joining takes just 30 seconds, in three steps.

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