Trying to have a romantic Valentine’s Day without spending your entire paycheck? Same. I’ve been there. Believe me, there was a time when Nick and I lived paycheck to paycheck and we could probably afford dinner at Jimmy Johns for a nice night out. Even now that we are in a more financially stable place, we still look for ways to be frugal on Valentine’s Day – paying for a wedding is expensive, what can I say? Here are five ways that you can still have a nice romantic evening with your significant other while spending little to no money.
- Cooking a romantic dinner – You don’t need a fancy restaurant to have a great meal. Grab the ingredients from the store along with your favorite wine and make your favorite meal together. Cooking together allows you to spend quality time together all while saving you a pretty penny. Nick and I like to make lemon butter salmon or rosemary steak, pour a glass of Cherry Republic wine, and light a candle for a nice romantic night in.
- Watch a movie together – Netflix has so many great movies to watch. While a romcom would be the most Valentine’s Day-related genre, a fun filled action movie is always a great choice. I personally think that the most romantic nights involve sharing a bottle of wine over the latest Star Wars or Marvel film. Whatever your preference, you can’t deny that cuddling up on the couch with your significant other makes for a romantic and cozy night in.
- Bubble bath for two – Get yourself a nice bath bomb and bottle of wine, light some candles, and enjoy a warm bubble bath. It’s not only romantic, but also a great way to wind down and relax.
- Breakfast in bed – If you’re not a dinner person, have breakfast in bed! Make your favorite breakfast food together and snuggle up for your morning meal. It’ll get the day started off on a fun romantic note and it costs only what you want to spend in groceries to achieve it.
- Game night – There are so many games that you can play with two people. You can easily enjoy regular card games like Rummy or two-person Euchre, or change it up with a specialized deck like Fluxx. If you enjoy video games, play a two person game on the PS4 or Xbox or take turns playing one of your favorites. Nick and I have had some of our best date nights while playing Detroit: Become Human and splitting a six-pack of craft beer.
You don’t have to spend a ton of money to have a great Valentine’s Day. No matter what you decide to do, what matters is that you’re with the person you love, spending time together. What do you think? Do you have any low-cost date night ideas? Let me know in the comments below!