05 Feb 5 Inexpensive Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day
After the holiday rush of Christmas and New Year’s, you may have promised to budget, pay off credit card debt, and spend less in the new year. However, Valentine’s Day just around the corner, bringing with it expectations of expensive dinners and gifts. Although holiday budgeting can be challenging, you can spend a romantic night with your significant other that won’t break the bank. Without the added strain of financial concerns, you can focus on enjoying the night and making your partner feel special. Here are five romantic, yet inexpensive, date ideas for celebrating Valentine’s Day.
Savor dinner at home
Although a fancy dinner out is considered the hallmark of Valentine’s Day, staying in can be much more romantic. Avoid the crowds and the reservations by planning a romantic dinner in. You can cook together or enjoy a charcuterie plate from your local grocer. Pair dinner with a bottle of wine and a few candles for the ambiance of a romantic restaurant without the enormous price tag.
Indulge in dessert and drinks
Take the money you didn’t spend on dinner to splurge on dessert or cocktails. Many restaurants create special themed drinks and dessert for Valentine’s Day that are the perfect complement to a romantic date. Grab seats at the bar or a small table for two and enjoy something sweet. If you prefer to spend money on a dinner out, pick up ice cream and another bottle of wine to indulge in at home.
Pay for the experience
Studies have shown that people appreciate experiences more than trinkets. For your night out, try romantic, yet inexpensive activities such as a walk in the park, a visit to a museum or art gallery, or stargazing. While you can still buy a gift for your significant other, he or she will likely enjoy spending the day or night with you even more than a fancy gift.
Watch a movie marathon
Movie marathons are another idea for spending a budget-friendly romantic night together. Choose from romcoms, adventure films, classic movies, or whatever else you love watching together. Pile on blankets, grab snacks and cozy up for a fun end to your night. If you’d like to see a movie in the theatres, sneak in candy so you won’t be tempted to spend a fortune on the notoriously-overpriced popcorn and snacks.
Give a thoughtful card
It seems outrageous that a piece of cardboard with “I love you” written on the inside can cost $5- $6. These little expenses can quickly add up when you’re planning a budget-friendly Valentine’s. Instead of a generic Hallmark card, give your partner a thoughtful, handmade card this year. Print out a photo of you and your significant other and write a heartfelt message describing what he or she means to you. A personalized card is infinitely more memorable and special than something you grabbed from CVS.
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