Valentine’s Day is a chance to show your love for that special someone, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot to do it. We’ve got you covered with five wallet-friendly activities that you can do on the special day.

1. Dinner Date

Who says dining in and fine dining can’t be the same thing? This Valentine’s Day avoid the crowds, stress, and high costs, and opt to cook dinner at home instead. Not only is it less expensive, but you and your partner can have a blast preparing a meal together. Want to take it to the next level of romance? Dress up, light some candles and break out the bubbly (or sparkling water) for a truly memorable evening.

Estimated Cost: $25   

2. Movie Night

Dinner and a movie has been the quintessential date night for as long as date nights have been a thing. And while going to the theater may be less than ideal lately, a good film is still a solid date choice. Streaming services offer endless options for budget entertainment. Add some microwavable popcorn to the mix and you’ve got a date night classic at a fraction of the price.

Estimated cost: $10

3. Plan a Picnic

A picnic can be a romantic and cost-effective date idea. A blanket, a cooler, and some snacks are all you need for a delectable date together. Pick a place with a view for bonus points. Live somewhere where the sun doesn’t shine in February? Move the fun indoors. Light a fire in the fireplace or turn on Planet Earth in the background and it’s almost like you’re outdoors.

Estimated cost: $25

4. Get Your Game On 

Break out the childhood classics like Sorry, Monopoly or Yahtzee for a fun, nostalgic date night alone or with a group of friends for even more fun.  Looking for something more? Design your own game by making a scavenger hunt for your significant other. After all, they say that healthy competition makes the heart grow fonder.

Estimated cost: $0 (borrow or rent some games!)

5. Make Something Special

Instead of buying cliché flowers, craft a handmade gift. Anything from a framed photo of you and your loved one, to a customized jar, highlighting why you love them, are great keepsakes to consider. Gifts that are made — not purchased — are also a surefire way to tug at the heartstrings.

Estimated Cost: $10 – $20

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