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11 Cheap Valentine's Day Ideas

11 Cheap Valentine’s Day Ideas

Many Valentine’s Days come and go.  It seems like it comes around once a year…I mean, wasn’t it just Christmas?  Time flies!  But sometimes it’s hard to celebrate each Valentine’s Day with new ideas and things to do.

Or maybe you’ve run out of gift ideas.  “Diamonds again this year?” (said no one ever).  But sometimes, you can’t afford diamonds.  Sometimes you can’t even afford to go out to dinner, especially if you are on a strict budget.

Just because it’s Valentine’s Day does not mean that it has to cost you a bundle.  In fact, here are 11 cheap Valentine’s Day Ideas.

1. Enjoy a Candlelight Dinner

11 Cheap Valentine's Day Ideas

Don’t bother paying to go to an expensive restaurant for Valentine’s Day.  You know that they will be booked anyways and you’ll have to wait an hour just to get a table.  Instead, make your own delicious homemade dinner for two.  Try making pasta for dinner, buy freshly made bread from a local bakery, and wine to set the mood.

Put candles on the table and use the good china.  Shut off the TV for one night and enjoy a conversation with your spouse or significant other.

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2. Write a Love Note

11 Cheap Valentine's Day Ideas

My favorite gift that my husband likes to receive is a handwritten love note.  There’s something so personal about love notes that just can’t be said with a card.

Jot down a few thoughts of why you love your spouse.  It doesn’t matter if you are good with words or not.

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When my husband writes me a love note, I don’t ever throw it away.  Love notes are more precious to me than a gift because I know that the words come from the heart.

You could surprise your spouse with a sticky love note on the bathroom mirror in the morning or at night when your spouse gets home from work.  Or leave a note on your spouse’s car window before they go to work.  If you’re techy, send a love-inspired email during the day.

3. Have a Scavenger Hunt

11 Cheap Valentine's Day Ideas

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For the adventurous lovers out there, have a scavenger hunt in your home.  Using slips of paper or sticky notes, write down love notes and clues to the next hiding spot.  Have your spouse find all of the clues.  Use chocolates as the prize for getting to the end (or maybe you could be the prize:) ).

An example for a clue could be: “Love is tender, love is sweet, for your next clue go to the place where food you re-heat”.  If you want to use a printable for ideas, you can find one here.

4. Make a Scratch-Off

11 Cheap Valentine's Day Ideas

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An idea I’ve always wanted to try is to make a Valentine’s Day scratch-off card.  Using cardstock and some special supplies, you can create a scratch-off and come up with your own prizes for your spouse to win.  Prizes could include a massage, a kiss, breakfast in bed, or anything you could imagine. For directions on how to make your own scratch-off, go here.

5. Netflix and Chill

11 Cheap Valentine's Day Ideas

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Where would we be without Netflix?  For Valentine’s Day, be intentional and put on an actual movie instead of a TV show.  Get comfy in your favorite PJ’s and enjoy a film.

6. Make a Love Book

11 Cheap Valentine's Day Ideas

Want to create a fun way to tell your spouse how much you love them?  Create a Love Book online, where the pictures and captions are created for you.  All you have to do is point and click.  The size of the book is up to you, from 10 pages to 100 pages.  They even have Valentine’s Day promo codes.  Go here to create a Love Book.

7. Have a Spa Night

11 Cheap Valentine's Day Ideas

We all live busy, stressful lives.  Sometimes all I want is a massage.  So get together with your spouse and grab foot scrub, lotion, candles, and essential oils to get a spa night going.

8. Reminisce with Old Photos

11 Cheap Valentine's Day Ideas

Get reminiscing about how the two of you met.  Look at old photos from when you first met until now.  Enjoy laughing at the situations you went through together.  If you want, take the photos and create a memory scrapbook together.

9. Take Boudoir Photos

11 Cheap Valentine's Day Ideas

Spice things up with boudoir photos.  Boudoir photos are all the rage right now.  Get dressed up in something sexy and take turns taking photos of each other.  Just remember to hide the photos from your kids.  🙂

10. Make Dessert

11 Cheap Valentine's Day Ideas

Everyone loves chocolate covered strawberries and they are so easy to make.  Or you could try making homemade snicker-doodle cookies.  Perhaps you want to try your hand at cake pops?  How about a dessert that requires whipped cream?  Dessert is always a YES on Valentine’s Day.

11. Go to the Shooting Range

11 Cheap Valentine's Day Ideas

That may sound strange to you.  “Go to the shooting range on Valentine’s Day?”  Umm, yeah, because NOBODY else will be there!  You’ll probably have the range to yourself.  That means when you miss the target…nobody else will know.

What about you?  What do you do for Valentine’s Day?  Let me know in the comments below!

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