Heavy on the Love, Light on the Wallet: 10 Ways to Have a Budget Friendly Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is regarded as a romantic but expensive occasion by most couples, and this is mostly due to retail companies jacking up their prices during the celebration. As soon as February starts, one can expect the costs of flowers, chocolate arrangements and dinner plan to be more expensive than usual. With that said, you do not need to burn a hole in your wallet to celebrate the occasion well. It is possible to have an enjoyable, budget friendly Valentine’s Day with these following tips.

1. Cook The Meal

There’s nothing more attractive to a woman than a man who knows his way around the kitchen — Cook a romantic dinner for two from scratch. It could also be the reverse — The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. You can save money by cutting out expenses like travelling to the restaurant, parking, petrol and toll. Scour the internet for a simple but nice meal for two, shop for the ingredients to cook at home.

To make it even better, you can prepare the meal together and spend more time making the day extra special. Putting the effort to cook the meal by yourself shows care and effort, which will be appreciated by any partner.

2. DIY A Gift

Instead of spending a fortune on gifts that are marked-up due to Valentine’s Day craze, make your own! You can easily bake a box of cupcakes or hand-make some jewellery that can carry more meaning to your partner. Making the gift on your means you can also customize the gift to your partner’s preference, and you won’t have to spend extra money to do that. You can make custom soaps with exclusive scents or make candy with special messages for the day. The internet is your oyster – a simple search will give you tonnes of ideas that you can execute from the comforts of your home.

3. Date At Home

Netflix and chill at home. Not (just) that Netflix and Chill but hey, who are we to say otherwise! (smirks)

Catch a meal and a movie of your choice in the comforts of your home. You and your partner won’t have to deal with long queues, expensive movie snacks and the noisy crowds. There are many other streaming services available, and you can have your pick of movie or series to watch while you cuddle on Valentine’s Day.

4. Go Old-School, Create A “Mix Tape”

Go retro with your gift, give the gift of music. Streaming services like Apple Music and Spotify allows you to make and customize your playlist. You can add special songs to your playlist and share it with your partner as a gift. Music can be a very romantic present, and it would not cost you anything more than the monthly subscription you pay to the streaming service. Be creative and explore genres that you or your partner don’t usually hear to make the playlist extra special.

5. Service Coupons

Create coupons that offer services to your partner, like “doing the dishes for the day”, “free massage” or “get one ride anywhere”. This can be a creative and helpful gift to your partner. You can also think of other ways to make it fun. Give a booklet of coupons to your partner on Valentine’s Day and put a clause stating the vouchers are redeemable within a certain time to ensure your gift will be used and appreciated.

6. Treat Him/Her To A Picnic

Since Valentine’s Day this year falls on a Friday, you can opt to do a picnic on the weekends as a fun and romantic way to have a meal. Pick a beautiful place for the picnic so both of you can be surrounded by nature. It is an affordable method to have a nice meal and you can also customize your food according to what you prefer. Picnics are romantic because you get to watch the world pass by and spend quality time with your loved one. Be sure to bring along necessities such as bug sprays or insect repellents so as not to hamper your experience.

7. Make Your Own Card

Cards are a nice way of greeting for an occasion, and you can easily create and print your cards at this current age and time. At most, you’d need a smartphone and a printer to get the job done. For a free and easy way to spruce up your pictures, you can use readily available apps to create the design your message and print it out. Making your own card is more unique compared to gifting a store-bought card as it shows how much you care.

8. Create A Romance Kit

No one knows your partner as well as you do, so why not create a romance kit instead of buying one? You can include things that your partner finds romantic like chocolates, his/her favourite movies or books and a bottle of wine (for our non-Muslim readers). You can completely customize the kit to your partner’s liking, and you won’t have to spend a ton of money to assemble the kit (unlike retail kits that can be very pricey).

9. Shop For Deals

Look for deals on different sites for romantic activities that you can do together.  A couple’s massage, a mani-pedi or a buffet dinner with a reasonable deal is a great gift for your significant other. Deals or coupons are great for a budget friendly Valentine’s Day where you can still experience quality activities together, without burning a hole in your wallet.

10. Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger hunts are fun if done well. Prepare the hunt in advance so you won’t have to rush when the day is nearing. Pick romantic places to find clues and the final “treasure” should be something that both of you can enjoy together, like a special dinner somewhere nice. It can also be fun to get your partner involved in the planning, and you can have two scavenger hunts on the same day, one for each of you.

Do you have any other tips for a budget friendly Valentine’s Day? Do share with us in the comments section below! 🙂

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