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Valentine’s Day | Fun, Romantic Dates on a Budget

Valentine’s Day, the Day of Love

When you mention the words Valentine’s Day, I always see many different types of emotions. Some are excited to celebrate this day of love with those they hold most special while others tend to have their gag reflexes kick in to gear. There are even some people who will get very sad and emotional. It is funny how a holiday that is supposed to only be about love can turn some people in the opposite direction. Everyone has someone they love in their lives, so celebrate it with them! It doesn’t have to be a spouse or a boyfriend. It can be your mom, dad, grandma, best friend, you name it!Valentine's Day

For those of you who are looking to spend this day with your husband, I have got a few ideas brewing for you here. However, if you are not someone who is celebrating with a significant other, don’t let it get you down! Go have fun with your friends and celebrate love.

Valentine’s Day is always the glorified day to show your hubby how much you love him.

I personally believe that you should work to show each other this everyday. But hey, I am definitely not against getting flowers or chocolates. The only kicker for me and Zach on this day is that it can get a little pricy. If you want to buy a decent bouquet of flowers you have to spend at minimum $50. Then if you add chocolates or a teddy bear to go with it you are looking at $100. That doesn’t include the card, gift, and date night. At this point you are looking at close to $300 just for the bare minimum. If you want to celebrate with an overnight trip you are looking at closer to $500.

I don’t know about you, but Valentine’s Day is probably the worst time of year to have to be spending a lot of money.

Christmas was only a month ago, so I am always still feeling the hole in my pocketbook from that holiday. Tax season is in the air and a return is definitely not something we see very often. Needless to say, Valentine’s Day starts to look pretty skimpy at this point.

Luckily over the years Zach and I have found great ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day on a small budget. We always have fun together and we seem to remember the times when we are scrimping and saving more than when we spend the big bucks. Here is a look at some things we have done that you and your hubby can try this Valentine’s Day.Valentine's Day

Couples Massage

This is by far Zach and I’s favorite way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. It is relaxing, romantic, and we spend time together. You may be thinking a massage isn’t cheap, well let me introduce you to my good friend Groupon. Groupon has so many great deals on massages. Our most recent couples massage we only paid $80. The usual price was $120. You can also get pedicure and manicure discounts on Groupon as well. Make it an entire day of pampering and relaxing with your man. If you are thinking, “my husband would never get a massage or pedicure,” then use your power of persuasion. I think you know what I mean, and Valentine’s Day is a great day to use it!

Scavenger Hunt

Valentine's DayOne year I woke up and I had a card in my bathroom from Zach. It told me how much he loved me and it directed me to a clue where another card would be. Then from there another clue for another card. By the end of the day I had 5 different cards. Some were just words he had written to express his love for me and others had small items that were from a memory we had together. The last card was a date night certificate to the restaurant of my choice. You are probably thinking, this is just a Valentine’s Day Dinner, and you are right. The cards however made it feel more special. They made it feel more exciting. Don’t settle for the usual boring dates, spice them up. Get creative!

Stay In

I don’t know about you, but I feel that the longer I am married the more I like to stay in. I have everything I need at home. My husband! I think a lot of single people think staying in is boring because when they stay in they are alone. When you are married, you have your forever slumber party best friend! There are so many things you can do when you stay in for Valentine’s Day. You can cook for each other, watch a movie, play games, or my favorite dance! Move that couch to the side and have a dance party with your hubby. You don’t have to worry about anybody making fun of your lame dance moves. He can be him and you can be you. Also, once you slow it down to some slow jams you will definitely set the mood for the rest of the evening. One fun game you can play together is your homemade version of the newlywed game. No matter how long you have been married this is fun. Come up with questions like where was our first kiss, when did we first say I love you, and anything else you can think of. This is a great way to reminisce on your memories together and to have a ton of fun!

Don’t let the media trap you into a Valentine’s Day you can’t afford.

Creating your own dates is so much more fun than just doing the same thing every year. You could even create your own Valentine’s Day tradition. These are just a few of the things Zach and I love to do on Valentines Day. I think we’ve actually done all of them in one year before. That’s how cheap it is! Enjoy your day of love with your hubby! If you are looking for other ideas for date nights on a budget check out my post¬†¬†here!


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