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