I’ll pass on the pricey red roses. Please don’t spend a fortune on teddy bears, chocolate and diamonds, either. Not to say I don’t love those things or wouldn’t appreciate them, but in the weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day the prices on them just seems to skyrocket. I want to have a sweet Valentine’s Day but I don’t want to spend a bunch of money either! If you’re trying to budget you’ll need cheap ideas for Valentine’s Day so keep reading.
Need a Few Cheap Ideas for Valentine’s Day?
No need to break the budget just to do something special. Try these cheap ideas for Valentine’s Day or save them for any day when you just want to show some love! Some of these are family appropriate and others are just for you and your honey.
1. Bacon for Breakfast
Okay it doesn’t have to be bacon but just adding one special treat to your day will make everyone happy. For us, it’s adding bacon for breakfast. Just the scent of that bacon baking in the oven gets us all giddy! It’s a rare treat.
Perhaps your “something special” is dessert? My kids loved when I baked these over-sized sugar cookies and decorated them with their names on the top! What is one special thing that you don’t have or do very often that fills your family with joy? Do that thing on Valentine’s Day!
2. Love Notes & Decorations
We all toss around “I Love You” but how often do we write down our thoughts and feelings? Store-bought cards can be so expensive! Make a simple card with scrapbook paper and write something sweet inside…it’s the sentiment that counts.
I crafted some out of simple black construction paper and a white Sharpie to give it a “chalkboard” effect. I’m going to gift them to my family at dinner…along with a small box of chocolates to share for dessert.
Another cheap way of making Valentine’s Day special is with sweet decor. I made this chain of paper hearts and was able to store it away and reuse it for years. I hand painted the wooden picture frames myself with acrylic paint for just a few dollars.
3. A Special Meal…at Home
We eat dinner at home nearly every night so eating at home on Valentine’s Day certainly wouldn’t be anything special. However for Valentine’s Day I plan to serve something out of the ordinary as a treat.
Buying steaks or seafood at the grocery and preparing them at home is going to cost at least 50% less than if you went out, especially if you want to have a glass of wine with dinner. Add a little romance with a pretty table setting and candles. Leave the dishes for tomorrow!
Host your own special meal for a Valentine’s Day at home with kids. If you’d rather have a romantic dinner after the kids go to bed, aim for a sweet breakfast or lunch with kid-friendly foods.
4. Movie Night…on the Sofa
Save yourself a bunch by renting a Redbox or streaming on Netflix for a fraction of the cost of watching in a theater. We buy a big bag of popcorn from Costco, bake some cupcakes for dessert and have a movie marathon after the kids are in bed. Best part? We can watch in our jammies! Even better if you can get the kids to spend the night somewhere else so you’ll have the house to yourself *wink*
Pick a “new-to-you” movie or a classic you’ve seen already 23 times. I’m in love with Jane Austin movies, so I could watch Pride & Prejudice with Keira Knightly over and over but I’m not sure my husband would be able to stay awake past the opening scene! Best to choose something you’ll both enjoy.
5. Cuddle Up
Grab a big blanket and curl up together on the sofa. Pull out a photo album or scrapbook to reminisce over. It’s one of our favorite past times. Recall your thoughts about when you first met or your wedding day. Kids love hearing those stories too. Or just sit in the dark and talk after the kids have gone to bed, while you snuggle and smooch!
Looking for more fun ways to celebrate your kids on Valentine’s Day? See this post 7 Inexpensive and Lovable Valentine’s Day Ideas for Kids.