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February 10, 2013

Brittany's Budget Diary: Nothing says love like cheap food

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VALDOSTA — Steel Magnolias

This restaurant is always decorated to impress and provides the perfect setting for your intimate Valentine's Day date. They will have a full menu with prices ranging from $17 to $37 a plate and will also have some special items available on the holiday.

306 North

306 will provide the perfect setting for your intimate night out and in addition to their always wonderful menu, they will have some special Valentine's Day meals. Aside from some fresh fish specials, their menu will feature a plate of filet and lobster tail served with a twice baked potato, jumbo asparagus and your choice of salad for just $32. Fresh flowers and dessert specials will also be available to add that extra something special.

If you can't afford to go out for dinner, don't cry, I am an equal opportunist and let's face it, broke folks need love to! Here are some cheap romantic ideas (cheap on the budget, not on the love):

• Cook dinner yourself and create a special, intimate table setting. Before I married Cameron, he did this for me one Valentine's Day in his dorm room at Valdosta State University. He cooked me parmesan chicken (shake n' bake of course) all by himself and even had my favorite dessert prepared, a banana split. He set a small table with a tablecloth in his room with the lights out and illuminated by a candle. But don't tell VSU that, candles aren't allowed in the dorms and what can I say? I fall hard for bad boys. Of course the table was set with fresh flowers and he was playing a mix of our special songs on his laptop.

• If you do cook at home, do something special for dessert. After all, that is the best part. Southern Landing has a red velvet cheese cake to die for! Go pick up a slice to share and even if you spend Valentine's Day eating a $5 pizza, that cheesecake will make you feel like you just ate a million bucks (metaphorically of course, the cake literally doesn't taste like paper).

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