Frugal Fun & Memorable Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

Have a memorable Valentine’s Day the fun and frugal way with these frugal Valentine’s Day date ideas! 


Last year we were struggling with our finances.  My husband lost his job as a civil engineer and was unemployed for 8 months following the birth of our second son Brayden.  I still wanted to celebrate our love on Valentine’s Day but I knew I had to keep it on a budget.  I thought back to the days in my past when I didn’t have much money but still managed to have fun. Those memories are forever engraved in my mind and in my heart.

Back in high school I remembered the little things my friends, boyfriends, and myself would do for each other that made people feel loved and thought of.  That’s when I thought of this plan.  For Valentine’s Day, I would do all those things back in high school to plan out our date!

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Frugal Fun & Memorable Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

Ask your significant other to be your Valentine

It always made me blush and feel good when someone asked me out.  If your married, it may have been a long time ago since someone has asked you out, wouldn’t it feel nice to hear it again?  Rekindling your love for each other can start with the little things like this.  Last year, I asked my husband to be my valentine and gave him a date and time that I would pick him up.

Bring your significant other to your favorite spot

Back in high school my friend Scott showed me his favorite spot where he would go to unwind, think, and relax.  Ever since then, it became my spot too!  At the end of Southern Boulevard in our hometown of Rio Rancho was a breathtaking view of the beauty of the New Mexico desert.  A place dirt bikers and movie makers loved.  You sit upon a cliff that overlooks a majestic desert scene that’s so calming and beautiful you can’t help but feel rejuvenated.  Taking my husband here on Valentine’s Day gave us an opportunity to learn more about each other.  I told him why this was my favorite spot and the hard times that drove me to this place.

Have a picnic at your favorite spot or at a park with your significant other

Make sandwiches or pick up something on the way.  My friend Scott use to work at Subway in high school and so we would get sandwiches before heading to my favorite spot.  We would eat on the cliff and talk or be silent and listen to the whistling of the wind.

Play a thoughtful get-to-know-you game

I love these games! They are open-ended questions like, “If you were stuck on an island, what 3 things would you need to survive?” You can find many questions like these online.  You can write them down on a piece of paper, fold them up and take turns picking and answering each question.  This evokes conversation and allows you to connect with your significant other as you listen and share thoughts.  Last year I took him to Sonic Drive-In where it was Happy Hour on desserts and drinks.  We sat in the car and spent the next 30-45 minutes connecting over these questions until our movie time!

Give your significant other little thoughtful gifts

Your love is a gift.  When I picked my husband up for our date, I bought a single red rose for $1 at Walgreens and found a cute quote online.  I wrote it on a piece of paper and wrapped it around the stem of the rose and give it to him.  At my favorite spot, I gave him a promise note.  One that mimicked my vows to him and read it to him after we ate our lunch.  He cried and said this was the nicest thing anyone has ever done for him.  I use to always get little stuffed animals or candy with a note on my car from friends and boyfriends after getting off work.  It always made me feel loved.  I bought my husband a small stuffed animal for $3 and made a card that reminded him how much I love him.

Candles and thoughtful notes

On Valentine’s Day, we enjoyed seeing a movie, going to church together, and having a quiet home-cooked dinner.  Following the dinner, I placed a tealight candle at each stairway step all the way up to our bedroom.  Each candle had a note next to it that were numbered 1 to 25 of the things I love most about my husband.

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What plans do you have for Valentine’s Day? Can you add any frugal ideas to mine?

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Katriza

Wife, Stay at Home Mom of two boys, and blogger. Friends and family call me Kaye but my personal favorite is "Mom." I am truly blessed to have the opportunity to be at home with my two baby boys. As an engineer by career, and stay-at-home mom by choice, I write about how to “Invent. Innovate. Design. Mommyhood” and what that entails.

  • robin masshole mommy

    We don’t participate in Valentine’s Day, but we do these things throughout the rest of the year, so that makes it special 🙂 Love your ideas.

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Katriza

      Thanks for visiting!

  • http://www.GlamKaren.com Karen

    My husband and I went out to a fancy shmancy dinner this past weekend to celebrate. It was a fun way to splurge by going downtown, dressing up and enjoying ourselves. But – I’m also totally into little notes and fun things like that and I try to do those during regular days of the year (not on a holiday) to keep reminding him how amazing he is!

  • http://www.cheapisthenewclassy.com Dawn McAlexander

    I always like frugal ideas for Valentine’s Day. To me, it’s not about expensive gifts or anything like that, it’s about showing the people you love that you love them.

  • http://www.marcieinmommyland.com Marcie

    I love these! I’d also add going for coffee. Sometimes (especially with a baby) it’s all about doing something that gets you out of the house and mixing with the outside world. Or, if someone can watch your baby, simply having a lazy morning could be the ultimate Valentine’s Day!

  • https://www.thecoffeemom.net/ Jessi

    I think we will be spending the night in this year. I think we may do a family movie though.

  • http://www.planningthemagic.net Krystel @ Planning The Magic

    I have to be honest, I don’t love Valentine’s Day. Usually we just stay in and enjoy each other’s company. Favorite movies, meals, snacks and more!

  • http://everydaymadefresh.com Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh

    We don’t really celebrate Valentine’s Day, I actually love these ideas since they are low key.

  • Kindness in Demand

    My husband and I used to play get to know you games, like would you rather, when we were dating. I think playing one now would be even more fun!

  • Debra

    I love Valentines day, we treat it like a family love day here! It’s so fun to let my family know how much I love them.

  • http://marinecorpsnomads.com Heather L.

    We’re not doing anything for Valentine’s Day, but we always enjoy spending time together hiking and climbing. Hiking is free and a perfect time to talk without distractions.

  • Ana

    Your right it does feel nice being asked out and sometimes the little things are more romantic then cliches like big fancy dinners. Great way to spend time together.

  • Tereza

    These are all such fab ideas – we’re doing most of these on the weekends throughout the year – and usually play the get to know me game when we’re travelling long distances haha! x

  • http://www.bigfitfam.com Brandi with Big Fit Fam

    I love frugal idea, partly because saving money is always great and partly because i feel like you actually spend more time together and less time just buying things when you plan to be frugal

  • http://www.oneawesomemomma.com/ Belle

    These are such great ideas! They make sure you still have fun on Valentine’s Day even if you’re on a budget.

    Belle | http://www.OneAwesomeMomma.com

  • http://www.workoutwithdi.com Di Hickman

    I love the notes idea. I think especially in this age of technology a love note is definitely underrated.

  • http://logancan.com Logan

    I love the idea of playing a thoughtful game and having a picnic! We live in a great area for picnics now and I can’t wait to have many of them this spring!

  • http://StylishGeekBlog.com Cara (@StylishGeek)

    I love your Frugal Fun & Memorable Valentine’s Day Date Ideas post! This V-day I was actually thinking about doing a picnic in one of our favorite spots. But if that doesn’t work out, maybe we can go to a painting center and make something fun!

  • http://www.angelaricardo.com Angela Ricardo

    As a military wife who could barely handle her busy schedule I am truly glad I came across your post. Those Valentines Day ideas are so lovely. Even if you are already husband and wife, you still need to date each other not just on VDay.

  • http://acupful.com Mandy

    We went totally frugal this year. As in spent $0. Fun movie night with the kids eating popcorn!

  • http://kiwithebeauty.com Kiwi

    I like the picnic idea. An indoor picnic would be even better dinner reservations at a swanky restaurant is so cliche.

  • Rojielyn

    Great Valentine’s day tips. i love picnic and reading thoughtful notes.

  • Reesa Lewandowski

    I don’t really like to celebrate Valentine’s Day, but these are great ideas for any time of the year date nights. Thank you for the ideas!

  • http://www.tabithalane.com/ Tabitha Shakespeare

    We ended up ordering take out and catching up on the Bachelor! It turned out to be so fun and relaxed it was one of our fave dates together!

  • http://www.courteneynoonan.com Courteney Noonan

    I always write my boyfriend notes and make sure that we go to ‘our places’ that we’ve been going to since we got together. It’s nice to have traditions 🙂

  • http://toughcookiemommy.com Toughcookiemommy

    Having a picnic is very sweet and can be done well even if you are really frugal. I think it is probably one of the most romantic ways to spend a date together.

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Katriza

      One of the most romantic and inexpensive way to express your love! Thanks for visiting !

  • Rojielyn

    Great Valentine’s day tips. i love picnics, making and reading thoughtful notes. Even reading a letter would made my day.

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Katriza

      A beautiful letter reminding you of the first time you met! I like that idea!

  • http://www.mielandmint.com Nadia

    Such great ideas! I couldn’t agree more – to have a nice Valentine’s Day, you don’t have to spend a fortune. So many affordable and maybe even more romantic things everyone can do without having to spend a lot.
    http://www.mielandmint.com

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Katriza

      Yeah sometimes we get lost in all the hype of Valentine’s day and forget what it’s really suppose to mean

  • Brittany

    Ooh these are all such cute ideas! My hubby and I tend to do a lot of the same things during Valentine’s Day. I’d love to change it up a bit.

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Katriza

      What’s your favorite thing to do? We change it up each year, trying to keep things different and new!

  • http://www.theeverydaymomlife.com Rachel

    These are great ideas but I’m not big into Valentine’s Day. It’s the little things in life that count more to me and everyday.

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Katriza

      You’re absolutely right. Those little things are wonderful but sometimes a good present can be awesome too!

  • http://www.planninginspired.com Sarah

    These are great date ideas for the whole year. It is definitely easier to make date night happen when it is budget friendly!

  • http://www.miss-thrifty.co.uk Miss Thrifty

    Valentine’s picnic: I have tried this one before, and can confirm it’s a great idea! I thought the cold February weather would make it more of an ordeal than a treat, but have found that winter picnics have their own charm.