Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!
What are you planning with your love for this special day?
I remember when we were younger (before we had so many kids) my husband would go all out on Valentine’s Day, flowers, dinner, jewelry, the works!
This was also before we really started working on our finances. I soon realized that he spent a small fortune on all that stuff.
Now, I’m not saying that I didn’t love and appreciate his grand gestures of love, but after having a few more kids and cutting down to one income, we had to get creative!
Plus, it kills me to know that he paid $50 for flowers that will die in a few days. I mean you might as well just throw that money in the garbage!
So here are a few things that you can do with your lovey on Valentine’s Day without breaking the bank!
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Have a Date Night In
Easier said than done when you have so many kids!
Solution: find a sitter and create your own little romantic dinner for two!
Find some fancy new recipes that you want to try, crack open a bottle of wine and get cooking. Get dressed up, turn on some romantic music, dance in the kitchen, light some candles, dim the lights…you get the hint 😉.
Go Out For Dessert
Going out for a full dinner can get really pricey. So instead, just go out for dessert…and maybe one drink. This way you can still get the whole date night experience without having to spend too much.
Plus, dessert is the best part anyways!
Take in a Movie
Going out to a movie can get so expensive, especially when you add in treats or drinks (yes there is an awesome movie theatre by us that serves beer and wine!) So find something on Netflix, go out and rent one from a Redbox, or find an old movie in your stash at home.
Want to make it a real movie theatre experience?
Stop by the dollar store and pick up some of those movie theatre style boxed candies, grab and huge soda from the gas station, and overload your popcorn with salt and butter. Or make it official Valentine’s movie night and pop in the latest 50 Shades of Grey.
Pick a Different Day/Time
Going out on Valentine’s Day isn’t always convenient. Especially when it is during the week, like this year it is on a Thursday…really? So, try to celebrate it on the weekend before or after, restaurants might not be so packed at those times either. It doesn’t always have to be a dinner either, maybe try lunch or brunch for a change, those generally tend to be less expensive anyway.
Check for Local Deals
I know of a few local places that run Valentine’s specials. They may offer discounted hotel rates and throw in some coupons for dinner or drinks! So check your local classifieds or Facebook groups and see what kinds of discounts you can get in your area.
Don’t forget to check Groupon! I had always heard of Groupon, but never really checked into it. But boy am I glad I did! There is SO much stuff on there, and at really discounted prices too! You can find things from wine, hotel stays, massages, spas, restaurants, acupuncture, facials, vineyard or brewery tours, the possibilities are endless! They offer some great deals! Like a reflexology session for $55 that is normally $90! So download the Groupon app and check out what is available in your area!
Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to break the bank or put you in more debt. There are plenty of ways to have a fun and romantic Valentine’s Day on a budget. Need a few inexpensive gift ideas, here are 25 Valentine’s gift ideas under $25!
What kinds of budget-friendly things do you do for Valentine’s Day?
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