Valentines Day is creeping up quickly – doesn’t Christmas seem like just a few days ago?!
Like Christmas, it’s very easy to go overboard on Valentines Day without even realising it. Showing someone that you love them doesn’t have to cost a lot of money – it’s the thought that counts. We’re having a low-key celebration this year as we’re heading to London the weekend after Valentines Day and we’d rather our pennies for that. There are plenty of fun and romantic ways to celebrate Valentines Day without breaking the bank or going over the top.
How To Cut The Cost of Valentines Day
Instead of going out for a meal… cook something at home!
I’m not talking about oven chips and chicken dippers. Cook something that you wouldn’t usually make at home. It doesn’t have to be Michelin star quality, but it’s a far cheaper option than going out for a meal. There are plenty of simple but tasty meals that can be cooked with easy-attainable ingredients and minimal experience. One of our favourites is Aubergine Parmigiana (or eggplant depending on where you live!). We’ve already uploaded the recipe:
Related Post: Amy’s Aubergine Parmigiana
Instead of buying a generic card from the supermarket…make one yourself!
If you’re the artsy-creative type – a handmade card is a unqiue and heartfelt gesture for your partner that is guaranteed to put a smile on their face. Not to mention, you’ll get HUGE effort points.
If, like me, your arts and craft skills leave much to be desired – Moonpig is an amazing alternative. You can completely personalise the card from the message inside to the picture on the front.
Instead of spending a fortune on gifts, set a budget and/or pool your resources
Let’s be honest, a lot of (read: all) the Valentines Day themed gifts are pretty tacky. Last Christmas we decided against spending lots of money on each other, on things we didn’t really need and decided to pool our money together and book at trip away instead. In the end we caved and set a £20.00 budget each on one present to open on Christmas Day but we still saved a lot of money.
Instead of going all-out on a crazy date, go on a free adventure in your own town
There are so many fun, free activities to do in every town and city around the world. Have a google, see what on near you. Do something you’ve never done before.
If you’re reading this from Belfast, or anywhere in Northern Ireland, here are a few ideas:
- Visit one of the National Museums (the Ulster Museum is a personal favourite!)
- Go for a walk around the Belfast Castle Estate and Cave Hill Country Park (weather dependent, of course!)
- Grab a bite to eat at St Georges Market – literally everything is amazing!!
Romantic Gift Ideas
The best things in life are free…(or £10.00 a month if you have Spotify Premium)
Make your significant other a playlist. It doesn’t have to be full of sappy love songs. Fill it with songs that you both love, or ones that remind you of a special time or memory. Or you could go really old-skool and make a mix-tape!
A Picture speaks a thousand words…
Print out your favourite photo of the two of you together and put it in a nice frame. Shops like TK Maxx have so many beautiful frames to choose from and most are under £10! Alternatively, you could take it a step further and make a collage with lots of photographs of your time together.
Sweet Like Chocolate
Fill a box with their favourite chocolates and/or sweets.
Put together a scrapbook of your time together – include photographs, concert/event/plane tickets and momentos from special occasions.
Netflix and Chill
Build a blanket fort in your living room/bedroom and have a movie marathon. I’m sure Netflix will have added plenty of rom-coms in time for Valentines Day. If you’re still stuck for something to watch, here are a list of my favourite TV shows on Netflix:
I hope you all have a lovely Valentines Day, let me know what you get up to by leaving a comment. Especially if you used one of the ideas in this post!