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!
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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:
- 5 Budget Friendly Valentine’s Day Ideas from The Budget Mama
- 24 Frugal Valentine’s Day Ideas from Real In the Kitchen and Beyond
- 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?