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We all want to save time and money - and that doesn't change just because it's Valentine's Day. Embrace technology to help you to pull off a romantic date that will look as if it took weeks to plan, even if you've left it to the last minute.

Your outfit

Don't waste time trawling the mall before your date. Download one or both of these local retail apps and you'll have your clothes delivered to you in a few days' time, or even sooner.

Spree gives you access to top SA designers and over 500 international and local brands, right on your home screen. Its search and sort functions are highly effective, so you will find what you need in no time. Check-out is really quick, and you get free delivery on orders over R250. Plus, when you download the app, you'll get 25% off with the coupon code APP25.

Download Spree for Android or iOS.

 

Superbalist is one of South Africa’s hippest online retailers. The app offers three main categories: ‘Men’, ‘Apartment’ and ‘Women’. All of the features of the full-scale Superbalist website are replicated in the app, and while it’s not quite as easy to browse large categories of products as it is on a laptop, if you have an idea of what you'd like to wear on your date, it's a perfect substitute. Delivery is free on all orders, or you can choose to pay for an express order if you've left your shopping to the last minute.

Download Superbalist for Android or iOS.

The ride

If you don't want your date to collect or drop you off at home, or if you just don't feel like the hassle of finding parking on Valentine's evening, Uber will get you to and from your destination reliably, safely and affordably. With the app, you won't need to have any cash on you - you can request your ride and pay for it using your smartphone. And if you'd like each of you to pay your own way, you and your date can opt to split the fare through the app. But if you want to make a great impression and don't mind spending a little extra, you can order an Uber Black, the premium version that guarantees a fancy car and is more like a chauffeur service than a taxi.

Download Uber for Android or iOS or Windows.

The food

The obvious choice for a Valentine's date is to go to a restaurant, but you probably want to go somewhere a little out of the ordinary. Enter Zomato, Food and Restaurant Finder. The Zomato app will give you complete info on every restaurant in town, with scanned-in menus and opening hours, plus handy reviews from other people like yourself who have eaten there.

Download Zomato for Android or iOS.

But if you'd like to tantalise your date's tastebuds with your own cooking, consider the Yummly app, which puts all the recipes in the world in your pocket. You can filter for diets, food allergies, nutrition requirements, favourite cuisines and more, and recipes will automatically be sorted for your grocery shopping list. Now all you'll have to do is actually cook the food!

Download Yummly for Android or iOS.

The entertainment

When booking for the concert, game, show or festival where'll you be wooing your date, download the Computicketapp. It's easy on the eye and very simple to use. You'll get event notifications and won't have to queue to buy tickets.

Download Computicket for Android or iOS.

Note: While these apps are free to purchase from the app store, you will need data to download and use these apps. It's quick, easy and affordable to buy data bundles through Vodacom Online by logging into My Vodacom »» 

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