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3 Cheap Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day

couple playing in the snow

As much as we all want to show the people in our lives how much we care, traditional Valentine’s Day gifts and their accompanying festivities can add up fast. So how do you rein in the spending without also reining in the romance?

Try one of these affordable date ideas for a fun day together that doesn’t eat up all your spending money for the month:

  1. Enjoy free activities in your community.
    All you need to do is take a look around to find free and low-cost fun right in your neighborhood. Some are going to a museum, taking a stroll through your local park, or attending a free class or event. You could even challenge yourselves to see how many free activities you can cross off the list in one day. Because at the end of the day, it’s not really about what you do but who you do it with.  
  2. Stay in and watch movies.
    It can be hard to think of good winter date ideas. Luckily, you don’t need to brave the cold for a romantic date. You can recreate the ambiance of a night at the movies right at home. Save on movie theatre popcorn by serving up some of your own snacks. Then all you need to do is dim the lights, grab a cozy blanket and cuddle up for some quality time with your favorite person. And feel free to give yourself a generous home pour of your favorite wine. You earned it for being such a budget-conscious partner. 
  3. Craft DIY Valentine’s Day cards.
    Save on the pricy Hallmark cards this Valentine’s Day by making DIY cards for each other instead. Cut up paper, magazines and other materials you have lying around the house, and then write your own personalized message inside. You could even turn it into a fun competition to see who can make the best card. But no matter who wins, you both get the prize of a homemade Valentine’s card from someone you love. Swoon.

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