Couples advised to celebrate #ValentinesDay on a budget

Wendy Monkley says SA's economic climate calls for frugal spending especially for those who are in debt.

Wendy Monkley says SA's economic climate calls for frugal spending especially for those who are in debt. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Today might be all about chocolates and roses, but a debt expert is advising couples to think of cost-effective ways to celebrate Valentine's Day.

DebtBusters' Wendy Monkley says South Africa's economic climate calls for frugal spending especially for those who are in debt.

During his State of the Nation Address on Thursday, President Jacob Zuma lamented on the country's economic woes, saying the economy has to grow from within.

Monkley advises couples to explore simpler ways of showing love today, ways that won't push them further into debt.

"Rather create experiences like making your own Valentine's Day card or cooking dinner together and just having a bit of fun in the home instead of rushing out and finding expensive restaurants."