The most romantic day of the year is around the corner and if you’re anything like me, you are still trying to find ways to show your significant other how much you care without breaking the bank.
Although most people are still in financial recovery mode from the Christmas holiday season, Valentine’s Day is approaching quickly and with it comes the prospect of going in the hole even further with gift and events.
While it can be difficult to find fun, exciting and cost-effective ways to express your love for your honey fear not because you’ll both fall in love with this list of awesome cheap Valentine’s Day date ideas.
When Cupid Met Valentine: A Brief History of Valentine’s Day
If you’re a stranger to the history of this romantic holiday, Valentine’s Day is truly formed from a legend.
According to the Encyclopedia Britannica Valentine’s Day has many different stories surrounding its origin, making it nearly impossible to find out exactly how this day became the noted day of romantic love. However, one legend has it that a priest named Valentine was made a martyr by the emperor Claudius II Gothicus around 270 CE.
It’s said that the priest became friends with the emperor’s daughter, even healing her from blindness. He signed a letter to her, “from your Valentine” and this became a tag line for love between those who have a deeper bond, whether platonic or romantic.
Another account is that Valentine (who is the patron saint of lovers, epileptics and beekeepers in case you were wondering) defied the emperor’s command and decided to marry couples in secret so the men wouldn’t have to go to war. It’s no wonder that Valentine’s Day is noted as a lovers’ festival and feast day which has been documented back to the 14th century.
While there are so many different versions of this legendary figure, one thing that is for sure is that Valentine’s mystery has played a large role in society’s view of love. Common gifts of candy, flowers (red roses, anyone?) have become the international symbol of love on this day and the day is extremely popular for proposals and weddings.
How will Valentine’s mystery show up in your Valentine’s Day celebrations this year?
Cheap Valentine’s Day Date Ideas
Now that you know a bit about the holiday itself, let’s learn about how to enjoy it on a budget!
Cute, fun, romantic, memorable, frugal: This list truly has it all and there is something for every unique couple to enjoy. Read on to discover your Valentine’s Day date ideas for this year!
Dessert for Two
Why not have the best of both worlds with a dinner in, dessert out!
As dinner can be quite expensive on holidays such as this, making a romantic dinner at home together (meal subscription box coupon time?!) and then head out to grab your favorite dessert can save you money and maximize your bonding time. Double bonus!
A daytime movie is just the way to go to avoid excessive crowds and overpriced “primetime” movie tickets. Enjoy a romedy or the latest blockbuster during the deep discount afternoon movie times!
Game nights are always a classic way to have fun and spend quality time together! A great option is going to a local game cafe where you pay a flat fee to try all the board games they have.
Want to stay in but stumped on what to pick up? Check out this list of great couples board games to get you started on your Valentine’s gaming adventure!
Night At The Museum
Did you know that many museums have amazing parties and events for adults and some are even at a discount for those who subscribe to their emails?
Check out your local museum to see what events you could join on V Day and find out if a discount (or even a Groupon!) is available.
Hike It or Bike It
Are you an outdoorsy couple? Find a trail for hiking or biking that is new for you both. Want to up the romance level? Set up a scavenger hunt that leads to a great picnic overlooking a breathtaking view!
Spa At Home
Why not light some candles, get into your cozy bathrobe, and create an at-home spa experience!
With the help of inexpensive and long-lasting essential oils, a few YouTube at home massage and spa videos, and some face masks, you can create a relaxing and unique experience without leaving your house!
To Coupon or Groupon?
The greatness of coupons and Groupons cannot be understated especially for Valentine’s Day!
Look on your local city or town’s website, popular coupon sites and of course Groupon to find the perfect Valentine’s Day gift or experience for your other half.
Free Brewery Tour
Beer + Free=True Love!
Many breweries offer free tours that then offer a glass or two of their finest ale at the end. Why not schedule this fun way to enjoy time together and learn more about the craft of beer making with other enthusiasts?!
Let’s Get Crafty!
Paint night here you come! When it comes to being creative, there are so many fun and romantic options that are likely to wow both you and your beau.
A few alternatives to paint night to look out for are pottery night, printmaking night, sushi night and even plant night!
Star Light, Star Bright
This time of year can produce dazzling displays of starlight that are ready to be admired! Set a cozy fire outside and cuddle up with your honey to count all the shooting stars.
It’s A Zoo In Here!
The zoo is open year-round a fun way to spend Valentine’s Day together! Depending on where you live and the season, you can find great prices on zoo entrance tickets.
Give Your Heart Away
While it may be a day to celebrate your love for one another, why not spread that love by volunteering together? This is a great way to do something that strengthens your bond and gives back to those who could use some love too.
Your Living Room=The Newest Dance Club!
Dancing the night away doesn’t mean you have to leave the house!
Why not download your favorite playlist, get dressed up, turn the lights down low and jam out?! Not only is dancing a great way to amp up the fun but it is cost-effective and certainly a memorable time.
Wine and Chocolate Night!
This combination was meant for Valentine’s Day!
Check out your local stores to grab a variety of chocolates and become taste testers for the night. Be sure to include strawberries to dip in the chocolate you melt!
Channel Your Inner Skater
Two words: Ice Skating. Head out to your local ice rink, rent a pair of skates and give this awesome sport a whirl for a great Valentine’s day date!
BONUS: Write the Book On Love
Did you know that there a book that will make you an author and the apple of your sweetheart’s eye all in one shot?!
Not only is it fun to write in but the “What I Love About You” Fill In The Love Journal is a cute (and cost-effective) way to have your love down in ink forever!
P.S. You can always accompany this personalized book with custom candy hearts that are reasonably priced!
Whether you have a quiet evening in or hit the town, remember that Valentine’s Day is about celebrating your love for that special someone in your life in your own unique way. Enjoy whatever you do and more importantly, enjoy each other’s company!
What are your favorite Valentine’s Day celebration ideas? How have you saved money and had a romantic evening on Valentine’s Day?
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