Budget Valentine’s Day Date Ideas
Valentine’s Day is typically one of the most expensive holidays of the year, and treating that special someone to the gifts they deserve doesn’t go easy on your wallet. This year, forget expensive hotels and fancy restaurants and make your cash go further with our selection of fantastic budget-friendly date ideas.
Whether you’re in a long term relationship or just want to show someone that you care, you don’t need to splash your cash to have fun with that special someone this Valentine’s Day. Love it or loathe it, there are plenty of ways to celebrate and enjoy a great date without breaking the bank!
Skip the cinema and enjoy a homemade movie night
An oldie, but a classic! Dim the lights, grab some popcorn and enjoy a movie night with your loved one. Renting a movie online is a great alternative to splurging on the latest blockbuster or forking out at the cinema, and you can find great deals on some of the less recent films in your local supermarket or second hand entertainment shop.
Restaurants are notorious for hiking up their prices around Valentine’s Day, so dining at home is a much cheaper way to enjoy a romantic meal and there are plenty of free recipes available online. Whether you’re rustling up your all-time favourite dish or attempting something neither of you have tried before, you’ll save money, have more fun and you won’t have to share your special evening with other couples! Light some candles, treat yourselves to your favourite bottle of wine and tuck in.
Be a tourist in your own city
You don’t have to pay over the odds and fly to exotic destinations to explore and discover something new! Head down to your local tourist office and let the maps and guidebooks help you discover a side to your city you’ve never experienced before. For a more intimate atmosphere, avoid the crowds and take a romantic stroll along the beach or simply walk around your hometown and take a route you’ve never explored before. You might be surprised at what you discover!
Visit a museum or art gallery
Museums and art galleries aren’t just for boring school trips! Whatever your interests, there’s one out there for you and you might even learn something new. You won’t be short of things to talk about at a museum either, so they’re perfect if you’re not too familiar with your date! All national museums and galleries are free, and from the Hancock in Newcastle to the Natural History Museum in London, there’s cost-free fun to be had up and down the country.
Invite your friends over
Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be soppy, so if you’re single or just aren’t the romantic type, celebrate with your friends instead. Ask each of them to bring over their favourite dish for a budget dinner party, or split the cost of a takeaway and enjoy a movie or board game night. Who said Valentine’s Day has to be mushy?