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Budget-Friendly Valentine's Day Ideas

Untitled design - 2023-02-06T182044.611.pngBased on 2022 numbers, the average person who participates in Valentine’s Day will spend roughly $175.41 on a gift! If I’m being honest, I would prefer my husband didn’t spend money on me. We have bills to pay! LOL

While I don’t think gifts are necessary for the holiday, I do think it's important to do something together to mark the occasion. Even if it can't be on the 14th, be intentional about taking time together as a couple or as a family.

If you’re looking for cheap (*achem, pardon me, I mean “budget-friendly”) date ideas, read more.


  • Dinner and a Movie at Home. Include each person’s favourite food or snacks, or some red and pink Valentine’s snacks like these
  • Go for a drive without a plan. Hit the road and flip a coin when you reach an intersection to decide whether to turn left or right.
  • Have a Game Night. Our Producer Will has recommendations here:
  • Take a Winter Walk.
  • Cook Dinner Together.
  • Do a Paint By Numbers.

And if you will be with your kids for the big day, all of the above can all be adapted to involve them too!

I did something pretty romantic (if I do say so myself!) for my husband a couple of years ago. Indoor camping! I put our mattress on the floor in our family room, made a blanket fort, hung up strings of lights, and we ate campfire-style food and s’mores by lantern-light then we watched a movie. 

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be expensive. If it’s a celebration of the people you love, the ideas are endless! What are your ideas?

- Care

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