How to Do Valentine’s Day on a Budget

February 7, 2018

Whether you and your significant other are still in school, or are just figuring out your adult life like my husband and I are, it’s possible you’re absolutely stressed out by the idea of planning the perfect Valentine’s Day festivities.

However, I feel it’s important to note that you don’t have to go all out and purchase your love a sparkly diamond pendant, four dozen long-stemmed roses, or plan a romantic retreat in order to make this day memorable. Instead, simply putting in the effort to show how much that person means to you will not only get the message across but make them feel extra special and loved, too.

Without further ado, let’s chat about the ways you can do Valentine’s Day without breaking the bank!

Plan a cozy night in

Nothing says, “This night is all about us,” better than a quiet, romantic night at home. There are countless ways you can execute this option. Fill up your home with some of your favorite scented candles, build up a blanket fort in the middle of the living room, string up some fairy lights, run a bubble bath, watch your favorite films, make or order your partner’s favorite meal, and spend the rest of the night laughing and relaxing with each other.

Regardless of how much you spend or how many of those activities you actually do, this can be the perfect way to show your person how much you love them, all while taking a break from the hustle, bustle, and stress of everyday life.

Challenge each other to stick to a gift budget

This can be a fun way to find your partner the perfect gift — or gifts — that are meaningful and memorable but not extravagant. For our first Valentine’s Day as an engaged couple, my now-husband went out to Target and made me my own gift basket filled with my favorite snacks, candy, gum, and two small stuffed teddy bears. He even put sweet, funny sticky notes on each item. That gift is still one of my all-time favorites, not because of how much it cost but because of how much thought and creativity I know went into it!

Go on a quirky date

If you and your partner are not the types to favor fancy restaurants — AKA places that don’t have chicken nuggets or tenders on the menu — plan a date night that surrounds your interests! Catch the latest superhero flick, go to your local indoor trampoline park, or anything else you can drum up. You’ll have way more fun by simply being together than putting on airs to match the romantic expectations of Valentine’s Day.

As I’ve already said, remember that it’s not how much money you spend that matters, but the thought you put into the evening. I hope this blog post inspired you to think of some new and unique ways to spend some quality time with the person you love! Happy Valentine’s Day!

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