Your No-Fuss Guide to Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching! Is your wallet ready for the big day? No matter what your budget is, you can use a bit of creativity to plan the best Valentine’s Day yet!

Here are 7 of our favorite ideas!

Re-create the First Date – Have a unique first date story? Recreate it with your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day! Whether you found yourselves running around a grocery store with bubble wands or talking for 3 hours at The Waffle House, your date is sure to love the thought and consideration behind this sweet, yet simple, idea.

Opt for Dessert Over Dinner – If you’re going out for Valentine’s Day you really have two options – make a reservation weeks in advance, or endure a several-hour wait at whatever place will eventually seat you. Many restaurants hike up the prices with specialty menus, and being elbow-to-elbow with the other couples hardly leaves room for any romantic connection. Instead, opt for a later night out for dessert after dinner at home. Not only will you be able to avoid restaurant chaos, but dessert will also be cheaper, more intimate, and certainly unforgettable!

Go Stargazing – With a bit of research and the gas in your tank, you can set up a perfect evening under the stars with that special someone. There are several websites that give the heads up on cloud coverage and where you can find the least amount of light pollution near your city. Remember to bring your coats and some blankets to stay warm!

Love Coupons – Is your partner the ultimate fan of backrubs? Do you both hate doing the dishes? Use some markers, construction paper, and ribbon to make a book of love coupons! Let them redeem the cards for getting out of a chore, a special dinner, a foot rub at the end of a long day, or choosing the movie on a lazy night in. It’s a gift that keeps giving – one that they’ll actually want!

Paint Your Own Ceramics – Paint-your-own-pottery places are starting to sprout up in cities across the country, and most of them offer pieces at very reasonable prices. If you’ve got $10-$20 to spare, head on over to one of these creative hotspots, pick your favorite items, and get to work! Not only will you have a blast, you’ll also have something to keep as a memory of the great day you had together!

See a Matinee – The price of movie tickets just keeps creeping up, but you can have a great, less-crowded experience for a fraction of the price if you opt for a matinee over an evening show time!

Have Dinner at Home – No restaurant fuss, whatever food you and your date would like, and a fraction of the price you’d expect at a restaurant! Does your partner love surprises? Have their favorite meal, complete with music and candles, ready when they arrive! Do you enjoy cooking together? Have a homemade pizza night. Get your favorite toppings and make a heart shaped pizza just for the two of you! If you’ve got kids with you for Valentine’s Day, make it a family affair! Have a heart-themed dinner before a family-friendly movie, complete with Valentine’s chocolates!

Whether you’d prefer a cash-free V-Day or your budget is sky high, we hope these ideas inspire a romantic and memorable day with your special someone! Got an idea that we missed? Comment below or share it on our Facebook page!