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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. So it’s time to start making plans for how you and your significant other will be celebrating.
To help you stick to your budget and not take on any new debt, here's a list of inexpensive or free Valentine’s date ideas.
Cook at home
Eating out on Valentine’s Day can be expensive. Why not cook dinner at home instead. A candlelit dinner at home can be just as romantic as one at a restaurant. But it’ll cost you a fraction of the price. And cooking together can be lots of fun and very romantic.
For meal ideas, check out Budget Bytes. She has tons of delicious, inexpensive recipes.
You could also try one of the meal delivery services, where they send you all the ingredients and directions on how to make the meal.
Go out for dessert only
If you still want to go out for Valentine’s Day but want to save some money, eat dinner at home and then go out just for dessert. And don’t limit yourself to just restaurants. Check out places like ice cream shops and coffee shops for yummy desserts that won’t cost as much.
Split a meal
If cooking at home isn’t an option or you really want to go out for dinner on Valentine’s Day, try sharing a meal to keep costs down. And you can even feed each other (though not too disgustingly).
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Have a picnic
Grab a blanket and have a picnic in your living room, back yard, or nearby park. To get some ideas for inexpensive picnic foods, check out this article.
Or you could grab a thermos of coffee or hot chocolate and a couple desserts, and have a dessert picnic.
Have a bonfire or curl up in front of the fireplace
One of my favorite things to do is sit in front of a fire, whether it’s a bonfire or a fireplace. And it’s a great excuse to make S'mores and cuddle up with your loved one.
Go for a drive
Asheville is a part of the Blue Ridge Parkway and has some amazing scenic drives. But even if you don’t live in the mountains, you can still find some beautiful scenic roads.
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DJ and I love bowling because we can be supportive and competitive at the same time. And who doesn’t love rocking some bowling shoes?!?
Go to a local bar or pool hall and play a couple rounds of pool. Some places charge by the game and some charge by the hour. Even if you’re not very good (like me), it can still be a lot of fun to play.
Enjoy the outdoors
Don’t limit yourselves to indoor activities. Depending on where you live, you could go to the beach, go for a hike, go sledding, or go ice skating. And, maybe end the night with a fun snowball fight.
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Watch a romantic movie at home
Who doesn’t love a good movie to watch and cuddle up with their sweetheart? Some of my favorites are 10 Things I Hate About You, A Walk to Remember, Pretty Woman, The Wedding Singer, and The Notebook.
To keep it budget friendly, look for a movie on Netflix, Amazon, or Hulu. Or try renting it from Redbox or even your local library. And don’t forget to check out your own movie collection or what is airing on TV.
Go to a budget cinema
If you have a discount theater in town or nearby, see what movies are playing. You can check out a newer movie at a significantly cheaper price.
Go out some other night
Unless you’re dead set on going out on Valentine’s Day itself, go out on a different night. You can still celebrate and have a great time, but without paying any extra holiday costs.
Before you make plans, check Groupon to see if you can find any discounts or deals. (Just remember to check the fine print to make sure you can use it on Valentine’s Day.)
How will you be spending Valentine’s Day?