Valentine's Day

5 Ways to Have a Lovely Valentine’s Day on a Budget

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Valentine’s Day can get pretty pricey once you count for the cards, chocolates, dinner, and don’t forget flowers! According to, the average Valentine’s Day costs $580.98! That’s quite a bit of money and it can derail your budget! Here are some ways to still have an enjoyable Valentine’s Day on a budget.

Just because it's Valentine's Day, doesn't mean you have to spend a lot of money! Use these tips to still have a lovely Valentine's Day while sticking to your budget.

1. Skip the Card. 

Yes, cards are nice, funny, sweet, and are fun to receive, but have you looked at the price tag on them lately?! Some are in the upwards of $6.00! Skip the Valentine’s Day Card and opt for a handwritten letter to your significant other instead. You can write how you really feel without searching for a card in the packed card aisle for 30 minutes, and all it costs is a little time to write it out.

2. Opt for a Lunch Date. 

One tradition of Valentine’s Day is going out on a date. According to, the average Valentine’s Day Romantic Dinner Out costs $170.53! Not to mention, the long wait times just to get into the restaurant of choice. If you have kids, you also have to pay the baby sitter! Instead of doing a Valentine’s Day Dinner out, opt for a lunch date. Usually lunch menus are a little less expensive, and the wait time is way less!

3. Get Flowers from the Grocery Store. 

Flowers are very popular on Valentine’s Day, and you know what? Florists know it! That’s why they can charge for delivery, and up to $100 for roses! Unless you can find an awesome deal on flowers from a florist (like this one here where you save 50%), pick up roses/flowers from your local grocery store. They are just as pretty, less expensive, and you can deliver them yourself which saves you a delivery fee.

4. Pick Out Regular Chocolates. 

Is it just me, or does the heart shaped box those chocolates come in seem to add a few dollars to the price tag? Skip the cute heart shaped box, and purchase your significant other’s favorite candy from the candy aisle. It’s usually a little less expensive and if you have a coupon for it, you can save a little more!

5. Get Creative. 

Instead of doing the traditional flowers, chocolate, and other Valentine’s Day traditions you may have, get creative and change it up.

Here are a couple of fun, cute things I found: 

Take pink Post-It Notes, and write what you love about your significant other on them. Then stick them in a heart shape on the mirror.

Photo Credit: Cella Jane.

Write a cute little note on fruit and pack it for lunch/snack for your significant other or even your kids!

Photo Credit: Cake Whiz.

Regardless of what budget you have, remember that Valentine’s Day is just one day a year. You don’t have to get really fancy or spend a lot of money to let those you care about know you love them.

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