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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner which means blowing your entire paycheck on planning a romantic, unforgettable evening for you and that special someone, right? Wrong!
We know that the last thing you need to do is add another pricey line-item to your budget this month – and a dozen, long-stemmed roses, a box of chocolates and a bottle of champagne can quickly add up! Not to mention dinner at your favourite Italian restaurant.
This Valentines Day, we’ve got you covered. Put your credit card back in your wallet and check out this fun, new trend emerging where you take that lucky someone on an exciting and unique date that doesn’t have to cost your more than, let’s say, a penny!
First things first, find a penny. This may prove to be a little tricky in today’s digital age, so roll up your sleeves and dig between your couch cushions, check your cup holders in the car or raid your kid’s piggy bank while they’re at a sleep over.
Roll the dice. You can also have your date pick a number (shh, don’t tell them what it’s for!). This is the number of turns you’ll take throughout your date.
Hop in the car or start walking and pick a corner to start on.
To start your adventure, have your date flip the penny. If it lands heads up, turn right. If it lands tails up, turn left.
Start walking or driving in whichever direction the penny instructs. Stop and flip again each time you reach a stop sign, stop light or intersection.
Continue flipping the penny, turning left or right at each juncture, until you’ve reached the number you rolled at the beginning of your date.
Once you reach that number, stop the car or your probably tired little legs, and wherever you are – that’s where the magic will happen!
If you happen to look up and find yourself in a beautiful park, with a gazebo overlooking the ocean – lucky you! But we’re pretty sure this only happens in romantic comedies starring Ryan Gosling. There’s a much higher chance that you’ll end up at 7-11, which doesn’t exactly ooze romance. But that’s all part of the adventure, right? The best part about the penny date is in the mystery and the hilarity of your time together and where you end up. It’s about doing something different, being open to a little adventure, a lot of laughter and ending up with a couple of really great stories. Besides, like any good relationship, a penny date is about the journey — not the destination.
At the end of the day, Valentine’s Day is about spending time with the one you love. Although a fancy dinner out might be nice, you’ll be thankful when your evening ends with a goodnight kiss, rather than a hefty bill!
At Smythe Insolvency, we understand that spending money can sometimes be out of your control. Let’s face it, the cost of living in this province is incredibly high. If you or someone you know is struggling with a mountain of debt that is too high to overcome, contact us today at one of our 13 offices conveniently located throughout the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. Our Licensed Insolvency Trustees are trained to work with you to determine the underlying cause of your financial difficulties, as well as assist you in improving your financial management skills, and provide you with effective budgeting strategies to help you achieve your monetary goals.
Licensed Insolvency Trustee
Greg Best enjoys working with clients to create solutions for their financial needs.
CPA, CA, CIRP
Licensed Insolvency Trustee
Chris Sinclair believes a practical approach is required to solve serious financial difficulties.
Cynthia’s goal is to ensure that every client feels respected and understood and to instill hope that they can get their life back by giving them the fresh start they deserve.