4 Valentine Date Ideas on the Cheap

Written By Jeff Hindenach
Last updated December 1, 2020

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February 3, 2015

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Whether you’re in a new relationship or have been married for 30 years, Valentine’s Day is a special occasion that must be romantic. The problem for many is that planning and going on a wonderful date can get pricey. However, there are ways to make your date feel special without breaking the bank or sacrificing the romance. Have a look at four inexpensive Valentine’s Day date ideas that will create memories.

A classic night on the town for couples on Valentine’s Day is dinner and a movie. A way to save cash is to do one of these activities at home. You and your spouse or partner can enjoy a meal and champagne at home prior to seeing an evening flick. This can save anywhere from $30 to more than $100 on the night. Or you can go out for a meal and then head home for a show on your living room big-screen. You can rent almost any movie easily with Amazon Instant Video. Make sure the decor at home sets the mood by lighting candles and having aphrodisiac foods like chocolate and strawberries. Another way to increase savings for the night is to use coupons or capitalize on promotional deals for the restaurant or theater. Also, some eateries allow you to bring your own alcohol, and they only charge a small corkage fee.

The nice thing about most beautiful green areas is that they rarely charge an entrance fee. A nature excursion trip can be combined with a picnic that includes cheeses, wine and sweets. Hiking through a nearby mountain range, relaxing on the beach, fishing at a pond, walking through the park, and watching a sunset over a lake are all great ideas (as long as the weather permits). Checking out the views of your city from a popular observation point is another option. All of these locations offer the chance to have private conversations with your significant other. Let the beauty of nature make the night unforgettably romantic.

Although this may cost a little money, many towns and cities have websites and companies that offer coupons for these classes, so you can cut down your expenses significantly. Find something in which you both have a common interest, and then sign up. A salsa dancing class is a great way to heat up the night. Cooking, drawing, glass blowing, beer brewing, and tea making lessons are just some of the many choices you have.

Look up what attractions are free in your hometown. It could be anything from walking across a famous bridge to watching street performances. You’ll be surprised to find that most cities and towns have at least a few museums that are free, and visiting one of these on Valentine’s Day is a great way learn something and stimulate conversation. Going to a flea market, attending a free community concert, or trying various samples at the supermarket are all activities that don’t necessarily require you to spend money. The key is to spend time together and do something fun.

About the Author

Jeff Hindenach

Jeff Hindenach is the co-founder of Simple. Thrifty. Living. He graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism. He has a long history of financial journalism, with a background writing for newspapers such as the San Jose Mercury News and San Francisco Examiner, as well as writing on personal finance for The Huffington Post, New York Times, Business Insider, CNBC, Newsday and The Street. He believes in giving readers the tools they need to get out of debt.

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