Budget Friendly Date Night Ideas

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Welcome to Day 5 of 14 Days of Valentines! Today, I want to talk about budget friendly date night ideas but before I get into that, I do have a small confession to make. While I am doing a 14 Days of Valentines, I don’t really celebrate Valentine’s Day itself. I like to decorate for the holiday, I like baking for the holiday, and there’s a multitude of children’s crafts and activities that I enjoy doing. But as far as celebrating Valentine’s Day in terms of buying gifts or giving gifts- no thanks. I’ve always felt that Valentine’s Day was becoming too commercialized and I’m not really a materialistic person. Plus, if you’re just going to reserve this one day of the year to go all out just to prove how much you love someone or how much they mean to you? I think that’s stupid. So there you have it. Perhaps that’s why I’m focusing more on what you can do for Valentine’s Day that won’t break your bank.

And well, I think that Valentine’s Day (or at least the meaning behind it) should be celebrated every day.

So, with all of that said, let’s get to the Budget Friendly Date Night Ideas!

Budget Friendly Date Night Ideas for Valentine's Day or Any Day

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Date nights, whether you’re doing them at home or out on the town, don’t have to break your budget. Maybe you could try something like a Date Night Jar, if you’re trying to save for a big date night out or in. Take advantage of offers from Groupon or Savings.com such as this offer to save 25% on orders from the Valentine’s Collection at 1800Flowers or save 40% by using Visa Checkout at Teleflora. You can also check out this great deal for Victoria’s Secret (one of my favorite places to shop) or get 20% off your order at Fruit Bouquets for a unique gift.

How else can you save money on a date night? Maybe try a group date so you can split the costs with another couple. You can also take advantage of the free opportunities in your city. Check your city’s website (if they have one) or local chamber of commerce, sometimes they might highlight what’s free or budget friendly as a suggestion to tourists. There’s no reason why you can’t (or shouldn’t) take advantage of those deals too.

If you can get the time away, maybe try a mid-day date and enjoy a lunch menu with a matinee movie instead of a pricier dinner menu.

Something else to try? How about a picnic in the park. You can make your food at home, probably for less than what you’d spend at the local deli or grocery store, and enjoy the scenery for free.

If you’re looking for more ways to make your date night (for Valentine’s Day or any day), check out these great resources:

  1. 5 Budget Friendly Valentine’s Day Ideas from The Budget Mama
  2. 24 Frugal Valentine’s Day Ideas from Real In the Kitchen and Beyond
  3. Simple Date Ideas from Mom’s Confession

Kyle and I haven’t had too many opportunities to have a date night, but we also realize that they are important. For Christmas, we got a few gift cards from my mom and also from his parents. One of them just so happens to be for the Cheesecake Factory. I also have gift cards for Outback Steakhouse and Applebee’s so I can see a date night or three in our future.

Do you have a regular date night with your significant other? Do you have date nights in, date nights out or a mixture of both?

I’m a stay at home mom of 3, unofficial step mom of two, beginning homeschooler, and aspiring Work at Home Mom . I enjoy singing with my church choir, spending time with my family, cooking, baking, crafts, and scrapbooking.

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  1. says

    This is great! My husband and I try to take the kids out a couple of times a week, and it can get expensive!

  2. says

    When our kiddos were little it was so hard to go out on our own for a date night. Now that they are older we are rediscovering how much fun we have being alone. But one great tip that helped us was baby sitting swap with other parents. Once a month we would take someone else’s kids over night and then they would reciprocate a few weeks later. It save all of us so much money on baby sitters.

  3. says

    I absolutely love the picnic idea. Before hubby and I got married we always threw together a picnic and just sat for hours chatting and smooching….I definitely think a picnic may be in order very soon!

  4. says

    Date night is fun – and these are really great ideas – thank you – We also sit and visit quietly about the day each night before we hit the sleepy time hour.

  5. says

    My favorite kind of date nights are the budget kind. My husband and I love trying to spend the least amount of money possible.

  6. Kathy says

    My husband usually doesn’t mind about spending money but I’m very different. I try to spend the least that I can. I’m always about saving money. My husband and I do try to go out a few times a month if we have the chance.

  7. says

    We tend to go on a Friday night dinner date and then have dinner at one of our homes on Saturday. I like to do the matinee too for saving money!

  8. says

    We love to go out and try new restaurants together! We always try to look for cocktail hour specials and coupons when we go out.

  9. says

    I agree valentines is too commercialised its starting to lose its true meaning, i love the idea of spending time at home and having the mister cook or we cook together

  10. Fi Ní Neachtáin says

    These are really great budget friendly ideas. I love the idea of a picnic in the park, that’s a date my other half and I will have to do in the summer :)

  11. says

    These are all great ideas! Valentine’s Day has become very commercialized here in my country and each year, traffic just keeps getting worse. I’ve had a couple of not-so-good experience on Valentine’s Day and it’s because everyone seems to be out on a date on this day and from them on, I promised myself that I won’t join the Valentine’s Day crowd anymore. Staying at home with a nice, candlelight dinner or a movie night would seem to be a great idea and at the same time budget-friendly. After all, we should show our loved ones that we love them not just on this day of the year, but every single day of our lives :)

  12. Julie Wood says

    Great ideas for Date Night. I have stayed home and made dinner and I have gone out. We also got a gift card over the Christmas Break and we will be going to Outback Steakhouse! This is one of my husband’s favorite places to eat! It will be a nice night!

  13. Courtney says

    My hubby and I love have date nights in… We cook a yummy meal together!!! It can be surprisingly more fun than going out

  14. says

    We don’t go out on date nights regularly. More often than not, we go out on special occasions and sometimes when we feel like going out. But we always make sure not to splurge.

  15. says

    I need to make a date night jar. Hubs and I get stuck in a rut and do the same thing every night. He gets home for work fairly late, but since hes a hospital worker he works 3 days , 12 hr shifts. His schedule is different every week. So when he gets home its rare we go out. We just watch Hulu and catch up on our favorite shows. We have been trying to go out and do something on his days off. Before we really couldn’t because we were both trying to get through school.

  16. says

    Such great ideas, the Date Night Jar would be fun and a great way to mix it up. Groupon is always great for many different things.

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