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Cheap Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

In this article I am going to share some of the best cheap Valentine’s Day date ideas!

Find fun and budget-friendly Valentine’s Day date ideas you and your sweetheart will love!

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Cheap Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

Discover cheap Valentine’s Day date ideas so you can enjoy this special day with your sweetie without breaking the bank!

If you’re like most of us, money is pretty tight. You may not be able to spend a ton of money on your honey this year. But you can still have a wonderful date on Valentine’s Day without spending a bunch of (or any!) money if you choose not to.

Here are 29 fun, simple, cheap  Valentine’s Day date ideas to help you have a great time without spending a lot of money .

 

1. Make a date idea jar, and choose a fun (and maybe unique) activity!

If you are looking for something new or different to do with your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day, then make a date idea jar!

To do so, write a list of some of your favorite inexpensive activities, cut them into strips, put them in a jar, and choose one at random.

Not only does this give you a great set of options for cheap winter date activities, but that way you will always have ideas for something fun to do readily available. And you could have a great time doing a different  activity from your jar every weekend that is inexpensive and fun.

 

2. Find a deal.

If you know there is something in particular that your sweetheart would love to do, shop around to find it at the best price. There are tons of discounts and coupons available online,  so Google them and see what you can find!

For example, you could find a discounted gift card to your favorite restaurant or movie theater. Or you might find a special two-for-one deal. The sooner you start looking, the more likely you will find a great deal, so start now!

 

3. Stay in instead of dining out.

 Another way to avoid crowds altogether and another of my favorite fun, cheap Vantine’s day date ideas is to stay at home for dinner. If you live with just the two of you, one of you make a special candlelight dinner for the other—or make one of your favorite dishes together! Play some romantic music, dress up if you like, and voila! And then follow dinner with one of your favorite rom-com’s snuggled up on the couch together at home.

If you have kiddos, see if you have a family member who would watch them for free or in exchange for you watching their kids or serving them in some way. Or even take the kids to your favorite neighborhood babysitter if you have to.

Paying for a couple of hours of babysitting will generally be much cheaper than the $50 to $100 or more you could spend on dinner out. And if your evening out would generally include a movie or other activity as part of your date, you’ll save even more by staying in.

 

4. Make your sweetheart’s favorite dessert.

If cooking isn’t really your expertise but you like to bake, you could still dine in, but rather than making the dinner the highlight, make a simple dinner and make the main attraction dessert. Enjoy making your sweetie’s favorite sweet treat together.

 

5. Make heart-shaped sugar cookies, snickerdoodles, or another favorite cookie.

 Making heart-shaped cookies together is another fun, tasty baking option.

 

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6. Make dinner at home, and go out just for dessert.

Another fun and relatively cheap Valentine’s Day idea is to cook dinner at home but to then go to your favorite restaurant for dessert. Again, that could be on Valentine’s Day, or it could be on any other day that you choose.

 

7. Host your own dance jut for two.

Dish up a list of your favorite songs (including your song), and have a private dance for two. Romantic? Oui, oui!

 

8. Give each other massages.

If one or both of you love massages and you are willing to be a little adventurous, then indulge each other with some extra touch time. Google massage techniques, purchase a couple of inexpensive scented body oils, and set the tone with dim lights, fragrant candles, and some relaxing music.

 

9. Have a movie marathon at home.

If you are movie buffs, stay in and enjoy some of your favorite box-office hits. 

 

10. Curl up in front of a fireplace (real or digital) together and just talk.

Another cheap Valentine’s Day date idea is to simply sit together and converse in front of a warm fire. Especially if it has been a while, with all of the hustle and bustle of life, since you have been able to really connect with a good heart-to-heart, this could be a real boon to your relationship.

Don’t have a fireplace? Not a problem. Use an internet-enabled TV or monitor with HDMI cable, and pull one up on YouTube. Extra bonus: Choose one with romantic music included.

 

11. Look at photo albums together.

 Looking at old (and not so old) pictures together is a great way to get to know each other better as you walk down memory lane.

 

12. Plan a retro night for a fun, cheap Valentine’s Day date.

For this activity, plan a retro night where you eat food and play board games, video games, or other games (or do other activities) you loved from your youth.

 

13. Write poems or love letters to each other.

For another wonderfully romantic but cheap Valentine’s Day date idea, write romantic poetry or love letters to each other. Even if they end up being a little cheesy, your heartfelt sentiments will still be appreciated.

Or if you have them, read love letters you wrote to each other from the past. For example, if you were separated for a time because of military service or otherwise lived apart for an extended period, rereading these letters could definitely rekindle some romance.

 

14. Do an act of service together.

Another inexpensive (but potentially priceless) cheap Valentine’s Day date idea is to do an act of service together. Take some time to consider what your loved one would truly appreciate, and then surprise him or her by planning this activity for Valentine’s Day.

 You might serve at a hospital or senior care center, a soup kitchen, a homeless shelter, or a library (reading to children), for example.

 

15. Go sledding or snowshoeing.

 If the weather cooperates, sledding or snowshoeing is an awesome way to enjoy some time in the beautiful outdoors. You can buy inexpensive sleds or rent snowshoes for cheap from a local college.

 

16. Go rollerblading or rollerskating.

 Rollerskating or rollerblading is another fun and relatively cheap Valentine’s Day date idea. Especially if it has been years since you have gone, this could be a delightful activity.

 

 17. Go to a park for a fun, cheap Valentine’s Day date idea.

If it is cold where you are, bundle up and walk or drive to a nearby park. Swing, slide, or simply sit on a park bench and talk.

Or if it is pretty warm, then simply enjoy some sunshine and warm rays.

 

18. Take a hike—together.

If you live near an area where there are trails to hike,  this is another great pastime perfect for two.

 

19. Go for a bike ride.

Going for a bike ride (maybe even splurge a little and rent a tandem bike?) is another great cheap Valentine’s Day activity.

 

20. Go for a walk.

If you want to keep things more low key, go for a walk around your neighborhood or in one of your favorite spots.

If you live near a beach or a boardwalk, those are two ideas that can offer hours of entertainment. 

 

21. Go to a local museum or art gallery.

 You could go to an art museum, a dinosaur museum, or anything in between. Or if you love art, indulge that interest.

 

22. Go to a zoo or aquarium.

Especially if it has been years since you have been, this could be a fun treat. Look online for discount tickets or coupons to make this activity even more affordable.

 

23. Go to a concert or play.

Music concerts and plays can be expensive, but they don’t have to be. Find one that is inexpensive, and enjoy some quality cultural time together.

 

24. Play miniature golf.

 Whether indoors or out, miniature golf is a great way to pass the time.

 

25. Watch the sunset.

Another of my personal favorite cheap Valentine’s Day date ideas is to watch the sunset together. Either as its own activity or as the culmination of a wonderfully romantic day, watching the sunset with your sweetie is awesome.

 

26. Go stargazing.

Similarly, another awesome and inexpensive Valentine’s Day date idea is to watch the stars. If it’s cold where you live, grab blankets, make hot cocoa, drive to your favorite spot, and cuddle together in the (relative) warmth of your car to watch the stars and enjoy the beautiful city lights.

 

27. Read together.

If you enjoy reading, spend an hour or two (or more!) reading to each other from one of your favorite books.

 

28. Make a list of some of your favorite, inexpensive activities, cut them into strips, put them in a jar, and choose one at random.

Not only does this give you a great set of options for cheap Valentine’s Day activities, but that way you will always have ideas for something fun to do readily available. And you could have a great time doing a different  activity from your jar every Valentine’s Day that is inexpensive and fun.

 

29. Plan another unconventional date.

Do something else out of the ordinary to celebrate your special day that will be uniquely meaningful for the two of you. Maybe re-create your first date. Go back to an old college haunt. Make dinner and eat it at the place that you first met. Enjoy a cheap Valentine’s Day date that highlights a special part of your past. You definitely don’t have to do dinner and a movie just because that’s the norm.

 

30. Get away for a weekend (or a week) to a warmer place!

If Valentine’s Day is near or on a weekend and if you love to escape the cold (like me!) for a while, plan an epic trip to visit warmer climes for a weekend or even an entire week to celebrate with your sweetie.

 

31. Go ice skating.

Ice skating is one of my favorite pastimes, and it is a wonderful winter date!  

 

32. Go for a walk or nature walk.

If you want to keep things more low key, go for a walk around your neighborhood or in one of your favorite spots.

If you live near a beach or a boardwalk, those are two ideas that can offer hours of entertainment. 

And if you live where you can, go for a nature walk. You could see all sorts of winter flowers, plants, and wildlife that you don’t normally see.

 

33. Go to a local museum or art gallery.

 You could go to an airplane museum, a dinosaur museum, or anything in between. Or if you love art, indulge that interest.

 

 34. Go hot tubbing.

I love spending time in hot tubs! If you do too and you have access to one, this is a great, free or inexpensive winter date idea!

 

35. Celebrate with a fun Valentine’s Day activity the day (or the Friday or Saturday) after Valentine’s.

You can save a ton of money if you are willing to enjoy the festivities a few days later—or even a day or two earlier. Go out to lunch or dinner a few days early or late, buy flowers a few days early or late, buy your favorite Valentine treats a few days early or late. For example, if you love Valentine’s chocolates, you could get them for 75 percent or more off if you wait a day or a few days.

Similarly, if you eat dinner on a different night, you might save as much as 50 percent off of the price of a fancy (but probably overpriced!) Valentine’s dinner. And extra bonus, you can avoid the crazy crowds! In my book, nothing says “I love you” like saving a bunch of money. 😊

Conclusion

There are so many ways that you can save money on Valentine’s Day and still have a great time! These fun, cheap Valentine’s Day date ideas give you the opportunity to have a great time without putting a big dent in your bank account.

Take some time to really consider how you could best spend your time together to strengthen your relationship on this special day, and you might find that spending money has nothing to do with it.