From flowers to champagne, you can save money without being cheap.
Is your love for your sweetheart endless — but your bank account isn’t? If you’re feeling the pressure to buy an expensive dinner, a dozen roses or a flashy gift on Valentines’ Day, calm down.
There’s more than one way to shower your honey with love and attention, and it doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. With a little imagination and resourcefulness, you can still make the day special without breaking the bank.
Here are 10 ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day without harpooning your budget with Cupid’s arrow…
Also, make sure to check out 20 Cheap Valentine’s Day Gifts For Him That Don’t Suck, and 20 Valentine’s Day Gifts for Her That Don’t Suck. We did the research to bring you a list of Valentine’s Day gifts that are not only cheap but super fun!
1. Prepare a romantic dinner.
A couple of steaks, salad, and a side dish shouldn’t run more than $30. You’ll also find great pasta recipes that cost next to nothing online. Make sure you have candles, music and a fire in the fireplace if you’ve got one. For a romantic twist, get a friend to serve as your chef, wine steward, and server for the meal. He or she can make a quick exit after dessert.
2. Skip the roses.
Everybody buys expensive roses but that doesn’t mean you can’t break from the flock. Instead, buy a flowering, potted plant and offer it as a symbol of your undying love. Or, buy a few roses added to a less expensive bouquet from the grocery store florist.
3. Use gift cards.
Save those holiday gift cards you received for Valentine’s Day shopping or dining and you may still come off as a big spender.
4. Shop for wine.
Read up on inexpensive wines and wine ratings to select a good bottle. Stay away from the cheapest stuff, though. The last thing you need on Valentine’s Day is a bottle of Yellow Tail smashed over your head by a disappointed lover.
5. Study up on the bubbly.
If you just have to pop the top on Valentine’s Day, search online to find a decent champagne for under $50 or less. One of the worst-kept secrets is that most people can’t taste the difference between expensive and cheap champagne.
6. Find Groupon bargains.
You can save big bucks on dining with Groupon. You might even stumble onto some fun date ideas while browsing for good deals.
7. Give love coupons.
Nothing says “I love you” like a coupon for a massage or other luxuries. There are many options (wink, wink). You’ll find an abundance of printable love coupons online.
8. Write a poem or letter expressing your love.
If this gift is part of a total Valentine’s Day package, you’ll be seen as a sweet romantic. If it’s your only gift, you’d better be a really, really good writer.
9. Put together a love song playlist.
The tried and true “mixtape” never fails to impress. What man or woman wouldn’t want a CD or playlist with songs that remind them how loved they are? If the object of your affection has Spotify or a similar service, it’s easy to assemble and share.
10. Fashion a homemade gift.
Article last modified on February 13, 2018. Published by Debt.com, LLC .