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10 Ideas for an Inexpensive Valentine’s Day

Updated on November 7, 2018
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Jennifer Wilber works as an ESL instructor, substitute teacher, and freelance writer. She holds a B.A. in Creative Writing and English. / Thomas Hohenhaus / Thomas Hohenhaus

Valentine's Day Doesn't Have to Break the Bank

Valentine’s Day is coming up soon, and you may have barely recovered financially from Christmas. Even if money is tight, you still probably want to show your significant other how much you care about them. You don’t have to break the bank to show your spouse or significant other a good time on Valentine’s Day.

Take a Romantic Walk in the Park

Though the weather is cold, bundling up to take a romantic walk in the park is a great idea for spending time together on Valentine’s Day. Visiting your local park doesn’t cost a thing and gives you and your sweeties special quality time together in nature. If she gets cold, use that as an excuse to put your arm around her. / Gavin Spencer / Gavin Spencer

Watch a Romantic Comedy Together

Are you or your sweetie a sucker for romantic comedies? What better time to snuggle up together, log into your Netflix or Hulu account, and watch that romantic movie they’ve been dying to see. If romantic movies aren’t your thing, you can always watch a different genre that you both enjoy.

Create Special Playlists for Each Other

A great, free, way to show your significant other how you feel about them for Valentine’s Day is to create a special playlist for them that they can listen to on their phone or MP3 player. Be sure to include plenty of romantic songs and songs that have a special meaning for you and your significant other. Ideas include the first song you danced to at your wedding (if you’re married) or any other song that holds a special meaning for you two as a couple.

Make a Romantic Dinner at Home

If your significant other is usually the one to cook, or if you usually just order takeout or fast food, use Valentine’s Day as an excuse to do something extra. Make her favorite meal, and set the mood with romantic candles. This can be just as, or even more romantic than an expensive dinner at a fancy restaurant, but will cost significantly less.

Penguins in love - / Martin Walls
Penguins in love - / Martin Walls

Visit the Zoo

Visiting the zoo is always a fun and unique date idea, and some zoos may offer a special Valentine’s Day discount to bring in more customers during the coldest month of the year. Be sure to dress warm if you decide to brave the cold to visit the zoo.

Make a Handmade Card

Instead of spending a few dollars on a card with a poem or saying written by someone else, create a custom card for your significant other. If you have graphic design skills, you can create a card on the computer with Photoshop, Illustrator, or another graphic editing program. If you aren’t so good at using these programs, don’t be afraid to create a card by hand using construction paper. Be sure to write a heartfelt poem or letter to your sweetie to include in your card. Even if you don’t think your writing skills are up to par, she will appreciate the effort.

Make a Thoughtful Handmade Gift

If you can’t afford a gift, consider using your talents to make something for your significant other. If you know how to sew, paint, build things, or do any other kind of arts or crafts, you should be able to think of something thoughtful that your significant other will love. Just knowing that you put your heart and soul into the gift makes it much more meaningful than some random trinket or overpriced mass-produced jewelry. / Ugur Yilmaz / Ugur Yilmaz

Write a Song or Poem

If you are a talented musician or writer, you can write something special just for your sweetie to share with them on Valentine’s Day. Sing and play the song or read the poem to them before going out or starting any other activity you have planned for Valentine’s Day to set the mood for the remainder of the celebration.

Bargain Hunting

There are plenty of activities you can do together without spending a fortune. Check out discount apps such as Groupon or LivingSocial to find good deals on tickets for live entertainment or restaurants. Even if you can’t afford much, you still might be able to find a decent deal to make Valentine’s Day memorable.

Wait for After-Valentine’s Day Sales

If your schedule doesn’t permit you to spend Valentine’s Day together, plan to celebrate the weekend after so that you can take advantage of the sales that start the day after Valentine’s Day. You are sure to get a good deal on chocolates, candies, cards, and other heart-adorned items. / leovdworp / leovdworp

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. If you are creative, you can show your significant other how much they mean to you without putting yourself into debt. You can still have a wonderful Valentine’s day even if money is tight.

© 2018 Jennifer Wilber


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    • Guckenberger profile image

      Alexander James Guckenberger 

      11 months ago from Maryland, United States of America

      Yeah... I need to stick with the people who just want to be with me, because they care about me.

    • JenniferWilber profile imageAUTHOR

      Jennifer Wilber 

      11 months ago from Cleveland, Ohio

      I agree that spending time together is the most important part of a relationship. You can’t expect someone to always have unlimited money to spend constantly.

    • Guckenberger profile image

      Alexander James Guckenberger 

      11 months ago from Maryland, United States of America

      I get frustrated when I have a date that refuses the cheaper, but often more fulfilling, alternatives. Money can be part of our relationship, but just spending time with me should be too.


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