Cheap Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day
“Love don’t cost a thing.” -J-Lo.
For every Valentine’s Day hater, there’s a romantic who appreciates having a holiday that’s all about showing some love. Even the bitter cold of mid-February can’t chill this lover’s heart. The only problem? Money. We wanted to give you some options which are more original than dinner out, and won’t drain your wallet.
If you can’t afford to go to the movies or out for dinner often, you have to get creative and find affordable fun, whether that’s Netflix and PBR, or mountain biking. Chances are, you bond a lot more over your Ray Donovan obsession and that time you face planted on the hiking trail than you would in a restaurant or dark theater anyway.
Don’t let living paycheck to paycheck keep you from having a Valentine’s Day that makes your heart do little flips. Pick one of these activities that prove it’s totally fine (and possibly better) to be a cheap date.
Yes, as cheesy as it may sound, renting a tandem bike (AKA the bicycle built for two) can be quite the adventure for the super coordinated couple who want a more interesting spin on the typical scenic trail ride. You can typically rent them online, hourly, for an affordable rate.
A Poolside Hang
Not a care in the world, a drink in your hand, and a good book. This is the recipe for the ideal poolside date.
At Home Spa
Create your own spa by drawing a bubble bath, lighting a few candles, and giving each other massages. Bonus points if you get him in a face mask.
All you need is quarters for an awesome time at an arcade. Make things more interesting by betting a round of drinks on the person who can win the most prizes.
Brewery or Winery Tour
Most local brewery or winery tours are free, and you’ll leave with knowledge you can impress your friends—plus hopefully some free drinks.
Yes, the shoes are a bit gross, but you’ll have a great time with a little friendly competition.
Watch the Sunset
Take a moment to decompress and relax by grabbing a glass (or two) of wine and a date to watch the sunset.
Pull Up to a Drive-In Movie
All you need for this date is a tank of gas and your beau.
It’s easy to scoff at sightseers on your home turf, but have you been to all of the tourist destinations in your city? Play vacationers for the day and check out where the masses armed with cameras are heading.
A Game Night
Whether your forte’s in trivia games or strategy games like Settlers of Catan, a friendly date night at home with board games (or a double date—the more the merrier) can make the most out of weather that’s not so accommodating for exploring outside.