Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays that can get a little pricey. The price you pay for dinner, gifts, and a babysitter if you have kids all add up which makes it hard to enjoy such a beautiful holiday. If you’d like to enjoy your Valentine’s Day on a budget, these tips can help!
Set Realistic Expectations
In order to have a great Valentine’s Day on a budget, be sure to set realistic expectations. If you and your significant other have discussed a specific Valentine’s Day budget, you probably shouldn’t expect a brand new car or expensive piece of jewellery. By setting realistic expectations, you’ll minimize your disappointment when a gift doesn’t measure up to your (unrealistic) dreams.
Instead of going out and spending a fortune on dinner, try eating in! You and your significant other can get together and cook a romantic meal together. Afterwards, you can dim the lights and light a few candles to set the atmosphere for the night. Not only will you enjoy the quiet time you can spend with your love, you’ll also enjoy saving money and staying away from the overcrowded restaurants. Check out these Valentine’s Day Dinner Recipes for inspiration!
If you and your significant other have decided to exchange gifts, you can stick to a budget by making a gift yourself! If you’d like to give your significant other a picture of the two of you, print off the size you want and buy a simple and cheap frame. You can then use Mod-Podge to add something special to the frame. No matter what you choose to make, DIY projects are much more affordable to meaningful gifts. You could also use one of these Valentine’s Day Free Printables as a card!
Take a Walk
If you’re in the process of planning a date night for Valentine’s Day, think of activities you can do that are either free or cheap. One great idea is to take a walk with your significant other. If it’s nice outside, you can stroll through a park or zoo, taking the time to talk and grow closer. If the weather isn’t cooperating, you can snuggle up inside next to a fire and watch romantic movies all night long.
Just because you have a budget doesn’t mean you can’t have a great Valentine’s Day! What are some budget-friendly things you do on Valentine’s Day?
Elizabeth Lampman is a coffee-fuelled Mom of 2 girls and lives in Hamilton, Ontario. She enjoys travelling, developing easy recipes, crafting, taking on diy projects, travelling and saving money!