There’s a lot of pressure on Valentine’s Day to make the right plans and to buy the perfect gift. That usually means spending a lot of money, but there are plenty of ways to show your Valentine you care without blowing your budget.
Write them a long hand-written love note. It won’t cost you anything, and sharing your feelings in a message that isn’t a text is sweet and romantic.
Make them a mix. It might seem cheesy, but like a handwritten note, taking the time to select significant songs for your love really shows you care.
Cook or bake something from scratch. If you know your way around the kitchen, make a Valentine’s Day dinner for your sweetie. If you’re a beginner, bake cookies using pre-made cookie dough.
Try renting movies from the public library. Have a romantic night in with a DVD from your local library.
Go out for a Valentine’s lunch or brunch instead of dinner. You’ll save money eating out at brunch or lunch, and you won’t have to wait until evening to celebrate.
Go on a tour of a local brewery or winery. You’ll probably have to pay an entry fee, but that usually includes samples that make it worth the cost. Plus, it’s fun and you’ll get a little tipsy.
Go on an outdoorsy picnic/hike combo. Get outside and enjoy the fresh air on a walk or hike, and then enjoy a romantic meal and a bottle of wine. It’s fun to explore somewhere new or a place you already love, and you won’t spend as much as you would at a trendy restaurant.
Build a pillow fort. Once you create a comfy fort with pillows and blankets, you can have a picnic inside, watch a movie or enjoy more R-rated activities with your valentine.
Have a board game night. Plan a couples’ game night with your friends for a cheap night of Valentine’s Day fun.
Grab some new items from your friendly neighborhood sex shop. Spice things up this Valentine’s Day with a trip to your local adults-only store. Take your partner shopping with you and find something that interests or excites you both.