Maybe it’s just me, but when it comes to relationships, I feel like people shouldn’t have to spend a ton of money to show their partner how much they love them. A mere sweet gesture, like an unexpected call or some words of encouragement, would mean a lot more than an expensive piece of jewelry or a new dress. So when it comes to holidays like Valentine’s Day, I find all the excessive flowers and lavish gifts really nice, but unnecessary.
So many people are pressured to live up to ridiculously high standards on Valentine’s Day, and that usually involves having to spend a lot of cash. However, there are actually cheaper ways to spend the day with your significant other. If you’re on a budget and you still haven’t made up your mind about how to spend Valentine’s Day, there’s no need to panic (I bet there are tons of other couples who haven’t made plans yet anyway). So just take a deep breath and check out these nine inexpensive and easy ways to spend Valentine’s Day with your significant other.
Have A Cute PicnicWhy dine out at an overpriced and crowded restaurant when you can have a quiet and romantic picnic on your own? You can do a cute indoor picnic, or if the weather's nice enough, you can go outdoors. As an added bonus, you can also spend time with your partner in the kitchen and try out new recipes for your picnic (it doesn't matter if you can't cook, you could always try something simple!) Image source: iStock
Go Stargazing TogetherI don’t know about you, but relaxing and talking with your significant other under a sky full of stars sounds like the most epic Valentine’s Day ever. To make the most of it, you can bring along some snacks and make a playlist of songs that the two of you can listen to as you stargaze. Image source: iStock
Go To A Cool Place Where Both Of You Have Never BeenIf you and your significant other want to go somewhere new and exciting without spending a ton of money, consider visiting a cool new art gallery, a museum, or a historical monument. You'll get to enjoy some awesome sights together, which is pretty adventurous and romantic! Image source: iStock
Have A Game NightOkay, I know that challenging your partner to a game of Chess or playing Grand Theft Auto with them might not sound very romantic. But, if both you and your partner happen to be huge gaming fans, there's absolutely nothing wrong with staying in to enjoy a fun day of games! If you want to make it more intimate, you can also cuddle while you play. Image source: iStock
Do A Treasure HuntNo, scavenger hunts aren't just for kids. It can actually be one of the most romantic ways to set the mood, so if your partner loves puzzles or they enjoy a good challenge, this is definitely the way to go. Just make sure to put some thought and creativity into your clues and reward them with a night they'll never forget. *wink wink* Image source: iStock
Volunteer TogetherIf you and your partner want to avoid the traditional route and be more a little more adventurous, then you should definitely consider volunteering. It's one of the most unique ways to spend Valentine's Day because you get to spend quality time together and give back. That's pretty much a win win. Image source: iStock
Do A Fun Karaoke Session TogetherIf you’re both into music, then you and your partner should definitely try karaoke. Just make a playlist of some of your favorite songs (they don’t all have to be romantic!) and try to cover them as duets. Keep in mind that you’re not auditioning for American Idol here. You’re just having a fun time! Image source: iStock
Recreate Your First DateRecreating a first date is actually one of the most romantic things you can ever do. It doesn't have to be exactly the same as the first time, so there's no need to obsess over details. Just go the same place (or set a similar atmosphere) and treat it like a real first date. Image source: iStock
Go To An Amusement Park TogetherA full day of cool rides, gaming booths, and junk food sounds like the perfect way to spend the day with your partner. And the best part is that you don't even have to spend much! Image source: iStock
Which of these ideas is your favorite? Do you plan to do any of these things on Valentine’s Day? Tell us in the comments below!