5 Tips for a Budget Friendly Valentine’s Day

Check out these tips for a budget friendly Valentine's Day!

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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!

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!

Budget Friendly Valentine's Day Ideas

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!

Budget friendly Valentine's Day ideas!

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.



27 Replies to “5 Tips for a Budget Friendly Valentine’s Day”

  1. These are all great ideas! I would have to thank my husband for making me coffee every morning! I love your blog!

    1. That’s a great thing to thank him for, Sarah! I bet he doesn’t realize how much you appreciate such a small thing. 🙂

  2. Wow, Amanda, those are some great ideas! My husband and I used to get a babysitter at least once a month and, wait for it – go grocery shopping! We always had a great time, and it was just our little date away from home! We’ve been married for 31 years now!!

    1. That is so fun, Andrea! I wish I could get my husband to go grocery shopping with me. I find it to be so fun!

  3. Cute ideas!!! I’m sure there is more, it’d be great if you expand 🙂

    1. Thanks, Isi! Glad you enjoyed the ideas. I’ll be sure to post some more!

  4. Great ideas. I signed my wife and myself up for a glass blowing class! I am super excited about it and think she’s going to love it.

    1. WOW! That sounds like so much fun! I hope you two have a blast!

  5. I love the game night in a basket idea! We love game nights around here.

    1. I’m glad you like the idea, Allison. It’s always a really fun gift!

  6. I love this post and actually am so glad I came across you because I love your blog!!

    1. Thank you so much, Michal. Happy to hear you like my blog. 🙂

  7. These are some great VDAY inspiration ideas!

    I’ve been making my own Vday cards for a few years now but looking at some of these make me want to start experimenting with other ideas!

    1. So glad you enjoyed the ideas, Stephanie! Seriously nothing is better than a homemade card on Valentine’s Day! It’s just so much more meaningful than a store bought card.

  8. An indoor picnic sounds like fun! This year, since my husband and I are both working on Valentine’s Day we’ll probably just stay home that night have a home cooked dinner and watch a movie together.

    1. That sounds like a super relaxing night! That’s my kind of Valentine’s Day date! So much better than being stuck in a crowded restaurant.

  9. This was perfect!!! I have always preferred what many would say are the simple things in life. There are so many ways that you can enjoy life and time with family and friends without breaking the bank.

    1. I 100% agree, Liz. Sometimes the best memories are made doing something that doesn’t cost much!

  10. These are some amazing suggestions. They all sound so amazig. ?


    1. I am so happy you enjoyed the suggestions!

  11. I love these ideas and how you said that it is a guaranteed date night! Totally a day to take a break from hectic life and have a date – either with a partner or some self-care date! hehe

    1. Glad you enjoyed the post, Rebecca. Sometimes we get caught up in life and forget to take time for each other. Valentine’s Day reminds you to make time!

  12. Great ideas here. I like ‘Indoor Picnic’!
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    1. Glad you enjoyed! Indoor Picnics are SUPER fun!

  13. Everything sounds so nice 🙂

    1. Hi Mara, Glad you enjoyed the post!

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