Valentine’s Day on a Budget

Cheap Valentine's Gifts

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Cities will be dripping in red, pink, and white decorations, while lovers hunt for the perfect gift and plan the ideal date. The pressure is on for couples to make this day the most romantic day of the year, which many assume can only be achieved by dropping oodles of money on lavish gifts and expensive meals. But Valentine’s Day should be about the sentiment of the day, not the ability to turn green into gold jewelry. And let’s face it, many of us are severely lacking in the ability to spend tons of money for merely one night of luxury. So here are a few budget friendly Valentine’s Day alternatives to those lavish ideas swirling around in your head:

Cook Dinner Together

A traditional dinner date on Valentine’s Day can be costly and frustrating with long wait times. Instead of being merely just one in a crowd of people, why not serve up your own romance at home? Turn on some music. Cook your favorite meal together. Light some candles. And gaze lovingly (or lustfully) into each other’s eyes as you enjoy your masterpiece. It’s inexpensive, a great bonding experience, and you won’t have to shout over any other couples attempting to declare their love. Total win.


No body puts Baby in a corner! And you shouldn’t be in the corner either or a crowded dance hall. If you like shaking yo’ money maker on the dance floor, throw your own dance party in the comfort of your living room. Make a playlist of your favorite tunes, songs that remind you of special moments you’ve spent together, and those guaranteed to get your blood pumping. Then pump up the volume and twirl the night away.

Movie Night

On Valentine’s Day, movie theaters make a killing selling overpriced popcorn to couples looking for some cinematic romance. But you need not look further than Netflix and Redbox for those mushy, heartthrob filled scenes that will make you snuggle a little closer to your date. Remember to head to the store beforehand and load up on your favorite movie snacks to munch on during your movie date. Then perfect your yawn and stretch to achieve the perfect snuggle move and you are set. May the odds of romance be ever in your favor.

Game Night

If you want some guaranteed heart thumping, pulse racing, passionate action on your date, step up to the game night challenge! Nothing is guaranteed to get your heart pumping quite like the art of competition. Load up on snacks. Pick your favorite game or games if you’re feeling extra competitive. And challenge your Valentine for a chance to win the title of Valentine’s Day Game Night Master! You might just find that next year you will want a title rematch.

Have a Picnic

Want a twist on date night classic? Pack up a blanket, wine, and sweet treats for you to share with your Valentine on a dinner date in the great outdoors. Choose a spot that is special to the two of you or find one perfect for creating some new memories. The beach, a park, or your backyard are all fantastic options. And if you want to up the romance, plan your meal for sunset to take full advantage of nature’s mood lighting.

If the weather threatens to rain on your romantic parade, move the picnic indoors. Spread the blanket on the bed or living room floor. Light some candles. And feed your appetite for romance.


I’m going to let you in on a little secret. There is this amazing light show EVERY night for FREE! Can you believe it?! They’re called stars! We often take the beauty of the stars for granted, but Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to relish in the majesty and romance of the stars. So grab some snacks, pack up a blanket, and find the perfect spot for some stargazing. I guarantee snuggling beneath the stars will make for a night to remember.

Spa Day

Spa days are a luxury that many of us cannot afford, especially for two. So instead, treat yourselves to a spa day at home. Take a relaxing bubble bath together complete with aromatherapy candles, bath salts, and soft music. Afterwards, take turns giving each other a nice body massage. And who knows maybe there will be a happy ending. This spa day will definitely leave you relaxed and feeling closer than ever.

Gift Challenge

If you feel the need to feed your shopping obsession, this challenge just might be for you! Set a price limit such as $5. Then head to a thrift store, dollar store, or discount shop and hunt for the perfect gift(s). Get creative! Buy materials and make a gift. Or find that perfect V-day outfit for under $5 at a thrift store. I have faith in your thrifty creativity. Have fun!

Remember Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be dripping in diamonds, 12 stem roses, and 4-course meals. It can simply be about celebrating your love by spending time together or focusing on each other. “All you need is love.”

What are some of your favorite things to do for a budget friendly Valentine’s Day?

  • we are staying in on valentines and i couldnt be more thrilled!!

    • We are staying in on Valentine’s Day too! I would much rather avoid the hordes of people, so we’re probably going to make it a Netflix night. 🙂

  • These are all great ideas, if not for Vday then for a regular date at home! I do love to splurge on a fancy dinner out occasionally, and it feels extra special when we do, but usually my date ideas are as close to free as possible. Picnics are my favorite when it’s just a little warmer outside!

    • I agree! It’s nice to splurge every now and again. When it’s warm Troy and I really enjoy going for a hike and finding somewhere nice to settle down for a picnic with a great view. I think it’s the little things that make the date special. 🙂 I hope you enjoy lots of picnics when it’s warmer!