Valentines 2017 On a Budget

It is that time of year again where the stores are depleted of Christmas décor, and red hearts and teddy bears flood the shelves in anticipation of Valentine’s Day. We all like to let our special someone know that we love them, and celebrating this holiday comes hand in hand with being in a relationship – but for those of us that need to watch our wallets, the anticipation for this day can be stressful. I researched the corners of the Internet to come up with handy and thoughtful ways to celebrate love, without breaking the bank.

  • An Hour at a Skating Rink

In almost every classic romance movie, a skating rink is involved in finding true love. Take your date outdoors for an hour of skating and handholding. If your city doesn’t do outdoor rinks, the cost to go skating indoors plus skate rental will not cost a whole lot; but instead, it will create many memories of a Valentine’s Day done right.

  • Movie Under the Stars

February may not be synonymous with spending a night outdoors, but cosy sweaters and blankets can make for a romantic evening outside. Grab a white bed sheet and projector if you have one (or keep it simple on a laptop), gather loads of blankets and warm drinks and snuggle up with your favourite hot takeaway meal Being outdoors is a romantic change of pace, and the cool air equates to lots of cuddling.

  • DIY Craft Night

For those couples that enjoy taking on a crafty challenge, put together a DIY night for your loved one. Purchase supplies and materials needed (typically at a much lower cost than attending a workshop), look at some videos on YouTube to get the hang of it, and invite your date over for a night of creativity and fun.

  • A Night at the Theatre

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If you both crave the theatre life but don’t haphoto creditve the budget to make it happen on the regular, there are options available to you. The National Theatre offers standing room tickets at an insanely low-cost, so you can enjoy a ballet or musical with your date without burning a hole in your wallet.

  • Home Cooked Meal

Let’s face it: Nothing is more romantic to this day than having a surprise home-cooked meal waiting when you get home. Find out what your love’s favourite recipe is, gather the ingredients, and surprise them with a romantic dinner with candles and quality conversation. This is always a fantastic back-pocket alternative if plans fall through!


Thanks for reading and hopefully this post has given you some ideas for your valentine’s day.

Laura x

*This has been a collaborative post*

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