Valentine’s Day is fast approaching – have you made your plans yet? Even if your significant other claims they do not care about Valentine’s Day, you still need to make an effort.
During this time of the year, you may still be recovering from an expensive Christmas or waiting for your tax return. Luckily, you do not need to spend a fortune to show your partner how much you care about them.
Remember, it is the thought that counts, right? With that in mind, here are some of the best ways to plan the perfect romantic evening without breaking your bank.
A Simple and Romantic Night at Home
The first suggestion is to plan a romantic evening at home. You will have the whole evening together, without any other distractions – and without having to spend money on an expensive dinner or movie tickets. There are several steps to planning a night in:
- Set the mood
- Find a movie and some music
- Cook a meal
First, set the mood. If your lighting has a dimmer, great, otherwise, turn off some of your lights to give your place a more romantic atmosphere. You may also want to wash your bed sheets, take out the trash, and clean up around your home or apartment.
Next, find a movie to watch. As almost everyone has at least one streaming option, you should not have any problems finding a romantic flick on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, or through your cable subscription. If you and your partner share a streaming account, browse their watch list to find something they will enjoy watching.
Choosing music is just as easy as finding a movie. Most online music streaming services have pre-built playlists or radio stations. Find a romantic playlist or station to tune into, as you snuggle on the couch and eat your dessert or share a bottle of wine.
Of course, the most important part of a night at home is the meal. Stick to meals that you know how to prepare. You do not want the meal to be a disaster, so this is definitely not the time to experiment with a new recipe. If you need to, you can order out, but make your own desserts – such as cupcakes or cookies.
Find Affordable Activities in Your Area
You do not need to stay home to save money on Valentine’s Day. A simple search on the internet should help you find several free or affordable options in your area. Check your listings for skating rinks, comedy clubs, or any other low-cost activities.
If you choose to go somewhere that serves drinks or food, consider having a romantic meal for two at home before heading to your destination. This will help you save a few dollars, without taking away from the romantic evening.
Go for a Romantic Stroll
Nothing quite beats a romantic stroll. This is a classic way to save some money while spending quality time together. Choose a spot to walk around ahead of time. This could include window shopping around your downtown area or a walk through a secluded area away from city lights – so you can take in a better view of the stars.
Low-Cost Reminders of Your Love
There are also plenty of ways to show your love while working with a small budget. Create your own Valentine’s Day card and include a list of everything that you love about your partner. Another idea is to purchase a box of candies and wrap them individually. Hide the individual candies in your partner’s coat, shoes, sock drawer, and other spots that he or she will check throughout the day.
Search for Coupons
As you begin making your plans, you may also want to search for coupons. There is nothing wrong with using a coupon to save a few dollars at a restaurant, for your take-out dinner, for a skating rink, or any other activities that you decide to make a part of your Valentine’s Day.
Hopefully, you will be able to use some of these tips to plan a fun night together without spending a lot of money. But most of all – remember to have fun and let your partner know how much he or she means to you.