Last Updated on November 10, 2022 by Corynn
With Valentine’s Day coming around the corner, couples tend to spend a lot of money on dinner, gifts, and chocolate all to express the words “I love you”.
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For instance, with both my husband and I, We want our money to go elsewhere.
Such as; buying a new home, growing our family, traveling, and so much more.
So we decided to keep it low-key this year and find some cheap Valentine’s day date ideas. (that are still at least romantic!)
If you’re trying to follow a budget and not sure what to do together as a couple.
Here are some budget-friendly date ideas for Valentine’s Day that do not break the bank! Plus I have listed how much each date idea should cost.
This blog post is all about some fun and romantic Valentine’s day Date Ideas that you can do on a budget
Valentine’s Day Date Ideas On A Budget!
1) Valentine’s Day Breakfast
Cost: Under $30
It doesn’t have to be at a restaurant or having to order take-out.
You can buy the ingredients the day before, find some recipes on Pinterest, and make everything from scratch!
You can make pancakes, french toast, eggs, bacon, oh the list goes on!
If you want to put a little extra into your date idea, find heart shape Valentine’s day cookie cutters to cut your breakfast into hearts.
Your partner will love the idea that you decided to take the time to learn something new.
2) Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt
Cost: $20 or more
Have your partner go on a scavenger hunt. To create a scavenger hunt you can get all your supplies from the dollar store or some of these items are right in your home. You will need;
– Tape – Little goodies to leave around the house
Plus at the end of the scavenger hunt, there can be a prize for them to find. This is up to your own discretion on what you want the prize to be.
3) Pre-Fix Dinner Menu At Home
Instead of spending so much money at a restaurant. Similar to our first Valentine’s date idea, both you and your partner can cook a 3-course meal together.
You can both discuss the menu prior to Valentine’s Day.
Budget how much you want to spend, and you can both go shopping for the ingredients together. Then come back home and cook.
Such a fun way to get to know each other in the kitchen. Without sitting in a fancy restaurant trying to keep your volume low.
4) Movie Marathon
Cost: $10 or less
If you’re looking for a free Valentine’s day date idea this is the one! It doesn’t have to be romantic movies.
It can be a Harry Potter marathon, Star Wars, or even the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe).
Going to the movies is very expensive and who wants to spend over $30 dollars on movie theatre popcorn.
Grab some snacks, snuggle up on the couch and their you have it!
5) Write Each Other Love Letters
I love to receive cards and/or love letters from my husband. I feel like he truly expresses how he feels through the written word.
If you are looking for something to do for free on Valentine’s day, this one is really creative and can be fun as well!
It cost little to no cost just to write how much you love your partner on paper. Or even a funny poem about each other!
Trust me, you’ll both keep these letters forever. (I still have the love letters from my husband when we were in high school!)
6) Recreate Your First Date
Both my husband and I have been together for about 8 years and counting.
Any chance we get we would try and go back to the place where we had our first date.
Recreating your first date brings up memories that you can both discuss and laugh about. You’ll basically fall in love all over again
7) Go On A Excursion
Cost: Less than $100
Usually, on Groupon you can find deals on different excursions you can go on together. Usually closer to February you will see events geared towards Valentine’s Day.
This can help you stay within your budget and plus you’ll create some memories.
8) Watching The Sunset
I can’t tell you how much I love watching the sunrise and sunset. Seeing the sky change colors, also how the clouds look together with the sun setting. Truly amazing!
Both you and your partner can go for a walk right before sunset begins. You can take pictures together or just have a nice chit-chat between both of you.
This is a good idea if you need some time to reconnect.
9) Go On A Picnic
Cost: $30 or less
With weather permitted, make some snacks, grab a blanket, and go on a picnic! This Valentine’s day date idea can even happen right inside your very own living room!
It doesn’t have to be a big meal. It could be your favorite snacks or even some simple finger food.
For example, crackers, cheese, fruits, sandwiches, chocolate, and drinks that you both enjoy!
This date idea is great if you need some quality time together without the sound of other people in your ear. Or even getting interrupted by the waiter.
10) Have A Game Night
Cost: $30 or less (If needing to purchase a board game)
If both you and your partner enjoy playing games. This could be video games or even board games. Why not make a date out of it?
No need to dress up, you can both cuddle together while playing games. It will include lots of laughter, while creating some great memories together.
11) Walking Down Memory Lane
When dating someone for a long time, you tend to build a whole bunch of memories together.
Valentine’s Day can be the perfect day for the both of you as a couple to discuss how your love story came to.
For example, my husband and I tend to sit down, then talk about all of our favorite memories with each other.
Sometimes you get to find out new things about your partner that you didn’t know before.
12) Couple Questionaire
If you have only been dating for a few months, it’s great to take any opportunity to get to know each other.
You can find couple’s questions on Google, Pinterest, or you can use my couples questionnaire to really get to know each other.
RELATED POST: 15 Questions To Ask If You Are Both Compatible
Try not to be too serious about the questions. Have some fun, eat snacks, and enjoy the moment!
13) DIY Paint Night
Cost: $30 or less
Going into a studio to attend a Paint Night, can cost between $40-$80 per person! Which I find pretty expensive.
Why not DIY paint night for half of the cost? You can grab most of your supplies at the dollar store. Such as; paint, easels, paintbrushes, and anything extra you need.
I have listed a beginner’s video of a paint night down below that you can follow.
Remember to watch the video prior to buying your supplies! A lot of the videos tend to let you know what supplies you may need! (super easy to find at a local dollar store or on Amazon!)
14) DIY Home Spa
Cost: $100 or less
The cost of going to a spa on Valentine’s Day can be a bit on the pricey side ($200 and more!). Why not recreate the spa at home!
You can take turns giving each face mask and massages. In addition, you can place some relaxing music, and light a few candles.
You can find all of these items at your local drug store, The Body Shop, or even buy a kit off of Amazon!
Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be a day where you have to spend a lot of money to just be romantic for one day.
Get creative! Save money while expressing your love.