Budget Friendly Valentine's Date Ideas

Both of our families are sticking to a strict budget in February, also known as “No Spend February”. Sarah did this last year and posted about it here. It’s a great way to re-set after the holiday season and get back on track with whatever your financial goals. With that in mind, we wanted to share some ideas for some very budget friendly ideas to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your significant other! Here are a few ideas to get your creative wheels spinning.

Cook a homemade meal together.

Going out to eat can really add up, especially if you’re going to have a drink or two and an appetizer. Instead, spend some time making dinner together. A few fun options would be to make homemade, build-your-own pizzas (because who doesn’t love pizza?), make your own sushi, throw on your PJs to make breakfast for dinner, or come up with a destination (i.e. Italy, France, Greece) and only make food or drinks that you would have if you were to travel to that specific place!

Have a game night.

We all love a good game around here! Find a couple games that you can play together, or maybe even make it a double date with some other friends and spend the night playing games, eating snacks, drinking wine, and having a ton of fun. If you’re needing a few recommendations, here are a few of our favorite games lately: Code Names, Pandemic, Yahtzee, Downforce, and of course we’re always playing card games!

Movie night in.

Have things been crazy for you lately? Are you and the husband just wanting a relaxing evening on the couch? There’s nothing wrong with that! Pick out a movie that you’ve both been wanting to see, pop some popcorn, & cuddle up on the couch! It’s a whole lot cheaper than making a trip to the movie theatre, that is for sure!

Fort night or backyard camp out.

Wanting to do something a little out of the ordinary to embrace your inner-kid? Still not want to spend much money? Build a blanket fort in your living room or if the weather is nice where you live, set up a tent in the backyard. Trey and I built a fort in our living room one snow day early on in our marriage and it was SO much fun. We watched movies, played games, and just lived up the fact that we were in our late 20s and could build much better forts than we could when we were kids.

DIY cocktail hour.

Instead of meeting for drinks somewhere swanky and expensive, find a cocktail recipe you’ve been dying to try & make them at home! You can still make it feel swanky by setting the mood, plus you’ll both be able to have multiple drinks at the price you would have paid for one at a bar. I’ve been pregnant for the last 8 months so I don’t have any great recipes for you, but if anyone does have some great ones, share them in the comments below so your girl can make them once Collins makes her arrival!

Take a walk down memory lane.

Pull our your wedding video and photos, find your own photo albums from when you’re dating, or just talk about some of your very first memories together! I love looking back at where we started, reminiscing on old memories, and celebrating how far we’ve come. This is such a fun way to celebrate your love together.

You may just want to do one of these ideas or maybe a combination of a couple — but whatever you do, just remember that Valentine’s Day isn’t ultimately about what you do to celebrate, it’s about who you are celebrating it with! Make sure and take some intentional time to connect with the person you love! What are you doing for Valentine’s Day? Do you have another budget-friendly idea? Share them with us in the comments below!