More Budget Valentine's Day Date Ideas
With Valentine's Day looming ever closer, now's the time to decide how to commemorate the day with your special someone. If you're on a budget (and who isn't these days), you're in luck. We've compiled a second list of Valentine's Day date ideas that will give you quality time with your honey without requiring you to part with too much money.
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Take a romantic drive."The Valentine's Day date is really about spending time together rather than spending money," says Vicky Oliver, author of The Millionaire's Handbook: How to Look and Act Like a Millionaire, Even If You're Not. Great news for frugal romantics. One way to spend very little is to take a drive to a romantic location. Act like teenagers and enjoy each other's company with a mixed tape of love songs that remind you of your relationship.
Go on a date at home.Can't afford a romantic Valentine's Day dinner out? Make it at home. To set the right tone, Money Hacker suggests lighting candles, playing soft music, opening a bottle of cheap champagne, and preparing your valentine's favorite meal. Oliver suggests chocolate spaghetti for dessert -- it's romantic and creative, and sure to impress. You can find numerous recipes online, including this one from Food Network. After your Valentine's Day dinner date, cozy up on the couch for a romantic movie -- it will make the perfect end to the perfect Valentine's Day.
Create a scavenger hunt.Another Valentine's Day date suggestion from Oliver: a romantic scavenger hunt for your loved one. "It doesn't have to cost a lot of money or take that much time to create," she says. Create simple clues that send him or her to your favorite places as a couple and mark each spot with a flower. End the hunt at your favorite low-price restaurant, where you, of course, will be waiting to have a Valentine's Day meal.
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Ice skating.This idea comes courtesy of Esquire. What better way to encourage handholding and a few laughs, and maybe even set the tone for some cuddling later? Ice skating is a perfect activity for new couples and a creative, bonding Valentine's Day date idea. With a bit of forethought you can find a rink that will cost you less than $30 for skate rental and ice time. You may be able to get some hot cocoa, as well.
Go explore.For the couple that's been together a while and perhaps gotten stuck in the same old routines, shake things up. If you're city folks, go for a hike in a park or the nearest woods, and take a picnic to sweeten the deal. If you always drive past but never stop at the local farmers market or flea market, hit the brakes this time and check it out. Be spontaneous and do something out of the ordinary. Hold hands, people watch, and enjoy your time together on this Valentine's Day date.
Have a happy and frugal Valentine's Day.