Valentine’s Day can be so expensive. From flowers, to going out to dinner. Oh and the candy. You gotta have the candy. And if you have kids, well they need something too! Don’t let it break the bank! You need to have an budget friendly Valentine’s Day. Here are some of my ideas on how we celebrate Valentine’s Day and save money.
Budget Friendly Valentine’s Day
Here are some ways you can SAVE on the big V day and not blow your budget. You can use this list for date ideas too.
Write a poem or a love note. Nothing is more special than words from the heart.
Last years model – if you thought ahead, use the card you bought on clearance last year. This is great to do for your kiddos Valentines cards too.
Leftover candy – Pick out the red and silver foiled candies from Christmas. Hopefully you picked up extra when it was on clearance. Any candies that are wrapped red, silver and gold work.
Everything Heart Shape – Buy a heart cookie cutter and cut your own heart-shaped cookies, bread, cheese out for a heart effect. Perfect for lunches for your kiddos.
Stay in – Make dinner versus going out to eat. Instead of having a dinner of $40+ (more if you bring the kids), make it at home for much less.
Dine out – Look for coupons for anything you are doing. Order the Valentine special the restaurant is offering. It might include dessert, appetizer and main dish!
More Inexpensive Valentine’s Day Date Ideas
Share – Get one meal and do the Lady and the Tramp sharing spaghetti thing. One big meal versus two is cheaper.
Kiddy date – Eat fast food and get food off the kids menu. It’s cheaper and appropriate portions. Splurge and get a dessert!
Breakfast instead of Dinner – Take your love out for breakfast, instead of dinner. Breakfast is cheaper. Look for a coupon.
Bagged Flowers – Ask the florist if they sell petals by the bag. Buy rose petals in a bag verses on the flower. This is much cheaper if you are going to make a spread of roses or trail.
Movies – Watch movies online on Amazon, NetFlix, Hulu, Amazon Prime or even a Pay Per View movie at home. Turn the lights down and save a good $50 versus at the theater.
House gift – While not sentimental, buy your love something you need for the house versus something frivolous. You have to make sure your honey would be okay with this, or it will be a sad Valentine’s Day for you.
Melt Chocolate – Melt some chocolate chips and dip in strawberries, pretzels, bananas. Very inexpensive to make instead of buy.
Printable Gift – Print an I love you, like this ABC I Love you for free and frame it.
Enjoy time at a Coffee Shop or bring home their favorite drink with a special treat.
Valentines Day shouldn’t break your budget. All these can also be used for anniversaries as well.
Your turn, what do you do for a budget friendly Valentine’s Day?