5 Tips for Valentine’s Day on a Budget

Written By Mary Beth Eastman
Last updated January 22, 2018

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Money Saving Tips
January 22, 2018

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A lavish Valentine’s Day date can cost a lot of money, but it doesn’t have to. Just because you’re trying to stick to a budget doesn’t mean that you can’t have a wonderful evening with your sweetheart. Follow these five tips to have a marvelous Valentine’s Day on a budget.

Streaming movie services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon have plenty of steamy movies that will add a spark to your Valentine’s Day. Some of the sexiest movies available on Netflix include:

  • Adore by Anne Fontaine
  • On the Road by Walter Salles
  • Blue Is the Warmest Colour by Abdellatif Kechiche

If you want a film that’s more romantic than sexy, try:

  • Amelie by Jean-Pierre Jeunet
  • Begin Again by John Carney
  • Titanic by James Cameron

Your smartphone, tablet and other devices can distract you from your significant other. Make Valentine’s Day special by putting your devices away and focusing on each other. You may rediscover the reasons you first fell in love.

Forget about grand gestures that cost a lot of money. You don’t need to send a bouquet of roses to your darling during the workday. Instead, opt for simple, affordable options like a single rose or a favorite candy.

On average, restaurants charge nearly $13 per person. Going to a fancy restaurant, getting an appetizer and ordering drinks will make your date even more costly.

Instead of going out to eat, make a special dinner at home.

Try to think of something that your loved one will really appreciate. For instance, you could re-create the meal that you had on your first date together.

You can easily spend four dollars on a Valentine’s Day card that gives your significant other only a generic poem. Making your own card gives you a chance to save money and say something straight from your heart.

You don’t need any special talent to design your own Valentine’s Day card. As long as make it with love, your date will get the message and feel the warm glow of your affection.

Some people put a lot of pressure on themselves as Valentine’s Day nears. Having a special day, however, doesn’t mean that you have to spend a lot of money. Follow these tips to have a romantic time without breaking the bank.

About the Author

Mary Beth Eastman

Mary Beth Eastman serves as the content manager for Simple. Thrifty. Living, where she is dedicated to helping readers use money and credit wisely. Mary Beth believes that access to the right financial information paired with a growth mindset are essential tools for getting out of debt and building wealth. Mary Beth has a degree in Journalism from Bowling Green State University and has focused her 20-year journalism career on putting readers front and center, carefully considering their concerns and presenting information that will help them in their everyday lives. She has won numerous statewide journalism awards. Her writing on personal finance as been featured on numerous websites in addition to Simple. Thrifty. Living, including Huffington Post and Lexington Law blog. Mary Beth resides in Pittsburgh, Pa., with her family and two rescue dogs.

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