Inexpensive Valentine Ideas

7 Inexpensive Valentine Ideas: Valentine’s Day on a Budget

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7 Inexpensive Valentine Ideas

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner… Are you cringing or are you dreamily awaiting the day with stars in your eyes?

Either way, start preparing yourself now for the mushy commercials, tacky heart jewelry, and the overpriced flower displays bombarding you everywhere you go. Sounds a bit cynical I know, but I think we get way too caught up in spending way too much money on Valentine’s Day just to “prove” our love for our significant other. We should be celebrating our love for each other in little ways each and every day…but that’s another point!

Anyways, if you do want to celebrate Valentine’s Day but want to keep it reasonably priced, here are several inexpensive valentine ideas that should keep you on budget this year.

7 Inexpensive Valentine Ideas

Great Deals on Groupon

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Ebates Coupons and Cash Back

Groupon also has Valentine’s Day deals on restaurants, flowers, chocolates, photo books, and discounted tickets to attractions in your area.  Bonus discount: join Ebates for free before making your Groupon purchase. Ebates will give you a whopping 7% cashback on your Groupon purchases on top of the discounts already available. This adds up to huge savings! Learn more about how Ebates works in my post below.

Romantic Night In

Guess what? You don’t have to go out for Valentine’s Day! (Crazy I know!) 

You can have an awesome Valentine’s Day date by staying in and cooking one of your significant other’s favorite meals. Dress it up with dimmed lights, a nice tablecloth, nice wine, and lit candles. Finish the meal off with a yummy homemade dessert (you can’t go wrong with chocolate cake!)

While this option is definitely cheaper than going out to eat, it can be just as fun if not more! Just think…you won’t have to deal with finding a parking spot, dealing with the crowds of other people, and of course the over-priced bill at the end of the meal. If you think it just won’t feel the same if you just have a meal at home, dress up for your dinner date. It will be like having your own private dinner party for two. Cheers!

Scavenger Hunt

Create a romantic scavenger hunt for your significant other. Leave sweet notes with clues that can lead to handmade gifts, photos from the past, or other sweet nothings. You can even involve mutual friends that your guy/girl has to find to get the next clue.

By the way, this is also a super cute way to propose! I was fortunate enough to be part of an engagement scavenger hunt for two good friends. The scavenger hunt took my friend around her hometown, stopping at special spots that held memories for the couple. The last clue led to the lucky guy with my friend and the friends and family she had picked up along the way. It was one of the most beautiful proposals I’ve ever seen!

Inexpensive valentine ideas

Homemade Gifts

There is a plethora of inexpensive valentines ideas when you start getting into making homemade gifts.

Consider giving your Valentine a Love Coupon book where they can redeem favors like back scratches, breakfast in bed, lunch date, etc. You can be as creative as you want! Make the coupon book yourself or download some free printable coupon books. Here are some examples:

Free Printable Coupon Book

Valentine Coupon Book Free Printable

Make a scrapbook or a slideshow of all your favorite pictures together. Reliving the great memories you have made together can remind you both of the love you share. Create a slideshow and burn to a disc so you can easily access those memories for years to come.

Also, if you would rather not spend money on flowers that are going to die in a few days, consider planting a few flower bulbs with your Valentine. When the flowers bloom in early spring, you will be reminded of your love every time you see them.

Group Date

Not that into Valentine’s Day but want to do something fun without spending money? Host a group game night! Invite couples and host a Battle of the Sexes with your chosen board or card games.  Are you single? Host an Anti-Valentine’s Day party for all your single friends! Valentine’s Day is about love – what a great day to spend with some close friends.

Chore Swap

Of all the inexpensive valentine ideas, this is one of my favorites. If you live with your Valentine, you must know the chore that they absolutely despise doing. So do it for them! Honestly for me, nothing is better than coming home to an unexpectedly clean house. This gift is one that really is so much more than meets the eye.

When my husband cleans the house for me, he is doing so much more than just taking another few things off my to-do list. He is giving me peace of mind that I can come home and immediately relax. But more importantly, he is also giving me the gift of time. Now I am able to spend my time with him or doing the things that I want to do rather than cleaning. To me, there is nothing as precious as this gift of time.

Skip it!

Yes. I said it.


Honestly though, have a real conversation with your significant other. Do you two even want to celebrate Valentine’s Day? As I said earlier, love should be celebrated every day not solely on the day the candy and flower companies tell us to. If we are only celebrating because everyone else is, does it really mean anything? If neither of you want to do anything, then don’t! 


So…what are you doing for Valentine’s Day this year?


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