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Valentine’s Day is one of my favourite days of the whole year! Not only because I love chocolate and flowers (although I love them so!), but because it’s a guaranteed date night. Despite living in the same house as my husband, sometimes life gets busy and we forget to make time for dates. Sitting on the couch next to each other while doing work on our laptops does not count as quality time spent together!
We’ve always avoided the normal Valentine’s Day traditions, such as going out to a restaurant for food and wine. It’s always so busy and can get expensive fast!
Here’s a list of ideas that we’ve used in the past for a budget friendly Valentine’s Day:
Valentine’s Day on a Budget
1. Love Sticky Notes
One of my favourite romantic gestures involves Post-it® Notes. Grab a giant pack of sticky notes and start by writing down all the things you love about your significant other. For example, you love how they always cook dinner for you or you love how they let you stick your cold feet on them at night. Once you have your love notes written, start hiding them around the house. In the cupboards, on their pillow, in their toiletry bag, etc. Get creative with your hiding spots. When they come home they will be surprised with love notes!
The best part about these love notes is that your significant other may not find everything all at once. They may stumble upon them days or even weeks later! You will be able to brighten their day many times.
2. Game Night in a Basket
This is a super simple gift that makes for a fun date night! All you need is a basket. Then you can fill it with some fun board games (our current favourite is Exploding Kittens) or card games, snacks, and some wine or pop!
3. Indoor Picnic
Do you remember how fun it was to build a fort as a kid? Why not relive your youth and build a fort in your living room? Build your fort using the couch, chairs, a table, or any other large household items. Drape a blanket over your objects, but make sure to leave room for you to sit! Bring a lamp into your fort. You could even string up some fairy lights if you want it to be extra romantic!
Once complete, have a picnic in your newly built fort! All you need is sandwiches, chips, veggies, and a delicious bottle of your favourite wine. Super cozy and romantic!
4. Learn a New Skill Together
It’s always fun to learn new skills, especially alongside the person you love. Not only will this help you to grow individually, but it will help you to bond as a couple. Use Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to learn something new! Sign up for a cooking class, learn to salsa, or read a book together! Now is the time to try out something you have always wanted to try!
5. DIY Valentine’s Day Card
Nearly every year we have been together I have handcrafted a card for J. They are a lot of fun to make, very cost efficient, and more meaningful than buying a generic card from the store. You can make a funny card like this one here. Or you can make a sentimental card. Regardless of what care you make, I can guarantee it will be loved.
How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day?
Interested in more ideas on how to save money on Valentine’s Day? Check out my friend Ashley’s post here.