Whip up a meal to show her you really care
SHE may be expecting flowers and chocolates.
But she'll know you really care if you cook the dinner.
If money's too tight to mark St Valentine's Day the way you used to, don't despair.
ACCORD, the marriage care agency, has come up with a list of alternatives which cost little or nothing -- but are guaranteed to make your other half feel special.
Saying it with flowers may have become the norm, but ACCORD recommends just saying it the old fashioned way by paying him or her a compliment.
Offer to do something before your other half asks -- or has to ask -- such as putting the children to bed or making the dinner.
Or you could take a particular interest in what he or she is doing to day by asking how a meeting went or wishing them luck in something.
"Find something that is important in your spouse's schedule on Valentine's Day (and other days too) -- a particular meeting, an important project, a doctor's appointment and call, text, email and ask how it went," it advises.
"This shows you care and creates an immediate loving bond with him/her."
It's probably just as well expressions of love don't have to cost much as a new survey suggests that Irishmen are a penny-pinching lot when it comes to Valentine's day.
While Italian men would happily hand over €78 to dazzle their loved one, our national Romeos will fork out an average of just €16.
Europe's top spenders, the Danish, fork out €109, on Valentine's Day.
To add insult to injury, the study, carried out by Microsoft MSN, also revealed that one in three Irish people would rather say "I love you" through instant messaging.
Spokeswoman for dating site Anotherfriend.com Sara Kate Hurley shared some exclusive data with the Herald about Irish men's dating attitudes which suggests they may be more in touch with their sentimental side than expected.
"Irish men are actually quite romantic, they are certainly more open-minded about love than women here," Sara Kate said.
"Our Love Uncovered survey shows that a third of man would be willing to travel anywhere in Ireland to meet their partner, compared to a fifth of women.
"The majority of Irish men, 61pc, believe that The One exists and 49pc believe in love at first sight -- women are not quite so convinced.
"The majority of men also seemed to be less concerned about tangible things; less than a quarter of them would pay attention to their other half's finances or job, while more than 50pc of women looked for men who met their financial expectations."