Valentine’s Day is almost here, and that means it’s time to get creative and come up with fun ideas for your love. Well, take a peek at these inexpensive date ideas that you can do any time of year (well, at least when it’s chilly for some!) that are sure to create memories and keep you on budget.
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14 Inexpensive Date Ideas
For the Foodie
Skip the restaurant scene on Valentine’s Day, and cook a meal together. Plan your menu, shop for ingredients, and craft the meal. There is just something romantic about being in the kitchen side by side chopping and taste testing.
Create an ice cream sundae bar.
Have dessert for dinner, and go all out! Buy your favorite flavors of ice cream and get an assortment of toppings. Sprinkles, sauces, and cones can make for a fun evening of sweet treats.
For the Morning Person
Go on a breakfast date.
Love getting up early? Why not head for a meal out in the morning? We all know that restaurants are slammed in the evening, so make some extra time to get out and have a hearty breakfast together.
Hit the gym.
Up and at ’em! Start your day out right and help each other get healthy. Run on the treadmill and spot each other with weights. It’s more romantic than you think!
For the Home Body
Challenge each other to a game night. Whether you break out the PS4 or get out a few classic board games, a night of fun will get your mind on each other and provide great memories.
Do dinner and a movie.
Again, avoid the crowds and stay in. Order takeout or make dinner, and choose a movie together. Whether it’s a streaming service, TV movie, or a DVD you’ve had around forever, just cuddle up on the couch and enjoy!
For the Romantic
Write a poem.
I picture this being either super romantic or extremely silly! Either write poems for each other or – better yet – write a poem together. It can be poetry about things you’ve experienced together or what your future holds. It can also be a fun rhyme that you created.
Have a DIY spa night.
There are a bunch of DIY recipes on the web, so why not have a spa night at home? Treat each other to back massages and foot soaks as you spend time together and relax. Take a peek at this DIY bath salt recipe, too!
For the Creative
Handy with drinks? Whether you are or not, why not try a few simple recipes at home? Or create some of your own. Who knows? You may come up with a combination you love, or just test out a few of our recipes here.
Have an indoor picnic.
Make a charcuterie board, buy some sparkling wine, and spread out a blanket on the living room floor. It may be too cold to have a real picnic, but you will be surprised at how romantic this one of our inexpensive date ideas is.
For the Outdoor Lover
Have a bonfire with s’mores.
February tends to be chilly (at least here in Virginia!), so heading outside for a bonfire is perfect. Get the fire going and cuddle as you toast marshmallows and eat s’mores. So fun!
Take a walk or hike.
Whether you start out or end your day with a walk, heading out hand in hand is one of the most inexpensive date ideas around! Plus, it gives you a chance to talk and get to know each other a bit more.
For the Long Distance
Write love letters.
Sure cards are great, but when your only option is the phone or video chat, why not write a love letter and read it to each other? It is sure to be special, meaningful, and incredibly romantic!
Watch a movie.
Yes, it can be done! If you have impeccable timing, you can hit “play” at the same time with a streaming service, or use FaceTime or a similar video chat service to view a TV screen together. Or there is always the screen sharing option. There are so many creative ways to watch together using technology.
No matter how you choose to celebrate, be sure to focus on your love and the lifetime you will spend together.