Valentine’s Day on a budget

10 Feb

Valentine's Day on a budget

So, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. And in this economy, rest assured you CAN have a great Valentine’s Day without breaking the bank. I’ve assembled a few free and cheap ideas you can use on Valentine’s Day to make your day with your honey and/or family a nice one.

1. Make a homemade Valentine’s menu

Skip the restaurant tab for something more personal, special, and most of all a money-saver. Make a “[Your name]’s Diner” Menu for your significant other and put all his favorite meals, drinks, and desserts on the menu and let him pick his meal. The only expense would be to make sure you have all the ingredients on the menu. You can hand-draw a menu by folding a piece of paper in half horizontally, then vertically. I made a quick one to give you some ideas for your Valentine’s Day menu:

Here’s the front side of the menu:

Homemade Valentine's Day menu

And here’s the inside (back is blank but you could always add something if you want- a drawing, personal note, etc.) Note: You can click on the picture to see the original size if you can’t read the text. Just make sure you hit your browser’s back button to come back to this blog article!

Homemade Valentine's Day menu

Or, if you don’t have artistic skills like me (lol) or don’t have the time to design a menu, you can use a free menu template, customize it, and print it out.

2. Make Valentine’s Gift Baskets

Dollar Tree, Dollar General, and Wal-Mart have Valentine’s Day candy priced at $1 and below. Save money by buying several inexpensive chocolates and candies and not buying a pricey gigantic box of chocolates you’ll just regret eating anyway (you know you’ll end up eating at least half of it yourself if you’re a chocolate lover like me). You can buy gift baskets and tins at Dollar Tree. Put all your Valentine’s goodies in your gift basket or tin and attach a Valentine’s Day card which you can also get at Dollar Tree.

3. Have a romantic picnic in the park

Make your man’s favorite meal ahead of time and bring the meal and a blanket to the park for quality time with your special someone.

4. Go to a wine tasting

Chances are, there are some vineyards within driving distance of where you live, and most wine tastings are inexpensive. The one’s I’ve priced are all below ten bucks a person. Finish by buying an inexpensive bottle of wine to take home for a romantic evening with your significant other.

Do you have any other inexpensive Valentine’s Day ideas? Leave them in the comments below. Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!


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