Valentines Day Dates on a Budget

Our last two valentines days have been quiet extravagant. For our first valentines day my boyfriend did all the things a boyfriend does when they’re trying to impress their new girlfriend. He bought me roses and chocolate, took me out to an incredibly fancy dinner, and surprised me by booking a room at a fancy hotel where there was champagne and chocolate covered strawberries waiting for us. Pretty romantic right? Last year was just as thoughtful, we went to a fancy spa and got a couples massage. 

This year is going to be a little different. We’re currently attempting to save money for our condo and spending $500.00 on valentines day would not be a wise investment. We are also still have to much chocolate left over from Christmas festivities that I don’t want to even see a heart shaped box of chocolate until next Valentines day at the earliest. This being said, I still want our valentine’s day to be as special as the first two but that doesn’t mean we have to spend a ton of money. These are some ideas I had for cheap or free Valentines Day Dates. I’ve organized then by cost so you can go ahead and find your price range and get planning!

There are probably a lot of fun outdoor things you can do for valentines day but since it’s February in Canada, I will be doing none of those things. I don’t like the cold. I do very poorly in the cold and my idea of a nice valentine’s day is definitely spend inside. So here are some nice indoor activities that you can do.

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  • In Home spa night. Do massages, foot scrubs, face masks, whatever you want!
  • Put away your phones and spend a tech free day together. This might sound like a punishment but it could be really beneficial for you. Put your phones in your nightstand and spend the day really focusing on each other. This can technically be combined with any of these date ideas.
  • Go to the animal shelter and look at potential puppies. Even if you aren’t in the market for a dog, it never hurts to go see a bunch of cute little puppy faces. In fact, I would say it’s very good for you. Who knows maybe you can convince your partner to return home with an additional family member. This ones free unless you come home with a puppy, but you can’t put a price on love. 
  • Talk about the future. Take some time to plan out your future with them. This really depends on how far you are in your relationship but talking about the future of your relationship can be really fun and exciting. Discuss names for your future pets, what kind of features you want in your house, where you want to live, what kind of songs you want at your wedding. If you are really serious, browse some websites for potential engagement rings (it’s never too early for hints!)

$5.00-$20.00

  • Write a love letter to each other. For Valentine’s Day one year my dad gave my mom this HUGE over-sized card and filled it all up with a thoughtful note to her. I thought it was very sweet. Go to the store, pick out a cute card for each other and sit down and really put some thoughts into a note. Tell them what you love about them, rehash your adventures, talk about how you met, how he proposed, and talk about your future together. Fold it up, put it in the card and sit together and read the letters. If you’re feeling really creative you could even make your own cards! You could also frame the letter and give it to them in your decorated frame. This one has the potential to be free but if you want to buy a fancy card or do a picture frame it could be a bit more. 
  • Go to a coffee shop. We have a really cute coffee shop where we live and I would be totally content to sit there for a couple of hours and have coffee and share some fun pastries. It’s a good opportunity to just sit down and have a heart to heart chat with your partner. This could be a bit more expensive if you’re eating here but it’s totally up to you. 
  •  Do something that you have been meaning to do for ages that you never got around to. Have you always wanted to. Have you been talking about going to an open house at a place or visiting a specific place in your city? There’s no time like the present! This one isn’t necessarily cheap, it really depends on what you want to do. Open houses are free and sometimes they even have snacks!
  • Buy and fill in ‘what i love about you’ books. These books are 12.00 at Chapters and they are so cute. I got one for my boyfriend for Christmas. It was the ‘what I love about us’ book and it was really fun. The books give you prompts and you fill them in with answers and personalize as you want. These are especially good for creative souls

$20.00-$50.00

  • Movie night! Put on your favourite movie and order some movie theater popcorn on Skip the Dishes! Pile up the pillows and blankets and hunker down for the night with your favourite movie popcorn. This could be free if you really wanted it to but if you want to splurge on getting movie popcorn delivered it could run you about $20.00.
  • Cook together. Go out, buy some groceries and cook a fancy meal at home. This can be a great bonding experience and you get a low cost meal out of it. Go crazy and make an appetizer, an entree and a dessert. This can cost a lot or a little depending on how all out you go. It could cost more than $50.00 but I think $50 is a good number. 
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  • Lay in bed all day and watch Netflix. Order some food and spend the whole day cuddled up in bed. Again, could be free but if you want to order up a meal it will be between $20.00-$50.00
  • Get creative- make some kind of keepsake together that you can look back on when your old and remember fondly. Go to Walmart, print out some of your favourite pictures of each other and buy some cheap frames to decorate. Walmart is very cheap and they have lots of cheap frames and craft items that you can use for decorating! At the end of it you’ll have two unique pieces of art that commemorate your love for each other. Between printing pictures and buying craft supplies, this could get a little pricer. On the other hand, if you have supplies at home already it won’t cost you a thing!
  • Go back to your first date spot. As long as your first date spot wasn’t really extravagant, you can still do this on a budget. Go have dinner and order the same thing you had when you went out the first time. This will be as expensive or cheap as your first date was. Chances are it was between $20.00 and $50.00 dollars. 
  • Buy a plant together! This sounds like a weird one but if you aren’t quite ready for a puppy or a kid then the next best thing is a plant. Go to the greenhouse/store and pick one out together. You could even decorate the pot!
  • Make gifts baskets of each other’s favourite things. This could kind of be like a stocking. Go to the dollar store and get a bunch of chocolate and candy, grab one of their favourite magazines or one of their favourite books. 
  • Swap your favourite books. You can learn a lot about a person based on their favourite book. This one is pretty self-explanatory.
  • Plan a romantic evening. Rose petals, candles, wine, chocolate, music. You do you. This can be as cheap or expensive as you like! Where do you even get rose petals? Do people just buy roses and take off the petals or can you buy them separately?

Valentines day can be as expensive or as cheap as you want. It’s mainly about who you spend it with, not how you spend it. To me, spending $50.00 on Valentines day is still considered a cost effective way to spend the day, but, if anyone would like more free dates I can definitely do a post on that. It’s all relative to what you’ve spent other years and it really depends on what you are intending on spending this year.

As always, thank you so much for reading my blog! If you liked it please sign up to follow/subscribe. If you have anything to add to this list or you would like to see more cheap Valentines ideas please leave your suggestions in the comments!!

Published by Brooklyn

Just a recent university graduate sharing her love of reading! In my free time you'll either find me reading or working on my novel!

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