40+ Ways to Do V-Day Under $25

From 2-4-1 hot chocolate to mating animals to a Chinese-jazz opium den

By Elizabeth Bougerol
|  Wednesday, Feb 10, 2010  |  Updated 12:45 PM EDT
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40+ Ways to Do V-Day Under $25

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Do Valentine's Day on the cheap.

If your Valentine’s Day/Week budget doesn’t quite allow for little blue boxes and seven-course tasting dinners, take heart. You’re not alone. Cheap-thrills website/newsletter the skint has rounded up dozens of happenings and treats around NYC for low-budget lovebirds and singles on a shoestring – there’s not a thing on the list over $25. Meaning you can save your dollars for what’s truly important: Cab money home to seal the deal. Some highlights:

2/11 7:30pm: sample love potions of the 50's at this cocktail party featuring aphrodisiac food and drink from the 1952 book 'venus in the kitchen: or love's cookery book.' word, $5

2/12 4-6pm: sip armand de brignac champagne while lingerie-clad models create a live-window performance at agent provocateur soho, free

2/14 7pm-2am: gemini and scorpio break in their new pad at brooklyn urban sanctuary with 'the vault of golden vapors': an opium-den themed sanctuary with live chinese jazz from dances of vice's shien lee, burlesque, tarot card readings, body painting, dj, more! $20, $10 after 11pm

2/14 11am: walking tours manhattan leads you on a stroll to 4 chocolate makers in soho and the east village (mariebelle, kee's, vosges, and a surprise final location). meet at mariebelle's. $5 donation goes to food bank for new york city. pay-as-you-go.

2/14 2-3:30pm: the prospect park zoo's 'animal dating and mating' program aims to teach you about reproductive strategies and why size really does matter. make treats for the critters and watch a 'live animal demo' (!) $10

Head to the skint for the full list: the skint Lovers' Guide To Valentine's Day.

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