Credit-Crunch Cupid: Our Best Budget Valentine’s Day Ideas

Credit-Crunch Cupid: Our Best Budget Valentine’s Day Ideas

Because splashing the cash doesn't necessarily mean 'I love you', we've got some easy-to-follow tips for you to show your loved one how much you care without breaking the bank.

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It’s a tricky one. You want to organize a nice romantic Valentine’s Day without emptying your bank account in the process. But you also don’t want to be on the receiving end of accusatory looks and sarcastic remarks from February 14th until the end of April.

Nonetheless, the big day is nearly upon us, so it’s time you had your strategy in place. And, despite what we’ve just said, there are plenty of fun things you can do that don’t cost too much—or anything, in fact. So, there’s really no need to be Stupid Cupid this year.

The Local Lucky Dip

One option is to simply go for a romantic walk—on the beach (if you live near one), in the park (almost everyone lives near one of those) or just around a favorite neighborhood or somewhere you’ve been meaning to check out for a while. A couple of coffees in a cozy café, or a quiet drink in a seductively lit corner bar can provide maximum romance without too much cost.

Valentine's Day coffees

Those Who Stay In Together... 

There’s another option that’s pretty obvious, too. Instead of going out for dinner and paying well over the odds because of the date, simply have a romantic candlelit meal at home. That way you can listen to music that you like, and you won’t have to tip at the end of it either. Plus, you won’t be surrounded by lots of awkward couples staring wordlessly at each other or their phones (or maybe you will—we don’t know what your living arrangements are…).

Either way, check out our tips on the blog for creating healthy, tasty meals for less. You could even go one step further and have a full-on indoor picnic—it is February, after all. You’ll just need some candles, a blanket on the floor, a bottle of fizz and some tasty homemade bites that shouldn’t cost the earth.

Valentine's Day breakfast

Off-Peak On-Purpose

But, if you are going to eat out, you could make a substantial saving simply by having your special meal a few days either side of the actual big day. As well as avoiding the premium prices, there’s also a very good chance that the restaurant will be a little quieter (and therefore more romantic) and the waiting staff won’t be rushed off their feet. Also, shop around for some of the restaurant coupon deals out there, and the same goes for gifts—make sure you take advantage of the great deals offered by PromoPony!

You can also make a truly personal present without spending a cent, such as a photo album of some of those special shared moments, and the same principle applies to avoiding the overpriced Valentine’s cards in stores. And remember,

What About the Flowers?

florists will hike up their prices at this time of year too. So why not head out to some local green space and create a truly unique bouquet of wild flowers instead?

Valentine's Day plant

 Finally, if all else fails, you can always break up. It may be a bit radical, but hey—you’ll have saved cash and potential embarrassment. Win-win!