Don’t let the high cost of Valentine’s Day keep you from celebrating. Here are some low-cost, but heartfelt ways to show you care.
Valentine’s Day is one of the most romantic days of the year. But does celebrating your love (or just your like) for one another have to come at such a hefty price?
According to Bankrate’s 2016 Be My Valentine Index, dinner for two costs an average of $80.46 – not including the tip. Add in $41.66 for a dozen roses and $15.11 for a heart-shaped box of chocolates and you’ve spent $150.
The holiday exerts considerable pressure to spend money, but it’s not the yardstick that measures the depth of your feelings. There are tons of fun, romantic, thoughtful, and creative things you can do together that won’t break the bank. Here are a few ideas:
1. Put Pen to Paper
In this age of technology, when was the last time you wrote a love note? Write about the first time you met, the top 10 things you love about your partner, or new wedding vows. Speak from your heart and anything you write will be simply perfect.
2. Dine in
Preparing dinner together can be both fun and romantic. Choose a favorite recipe or try a new one – and don’t forget dessert! Set the table with a fancy tablecloth and candles. Play soft music and dim the lights. You might just like it better than that costly, crowded restaurant.
3. Make It a Movie Night
Movies are a great choice for Valentine’s Day. Choose a love story – maybe a classic like “Casablanca” – pop some popcorn, turn down the lights, and grab some blankets. There’s nothing like snuggling up with your sweetie for a romantic movie night.
4. Dance the Night Away
Don’t know how to dance? Not to worry. Sign you and your partner up at your local library or YMCA for a one-time dance class. Some are free; others are reasonably priced. Either way, they’re fun, adventurous, and a little daring. Who knows, you might walk away with a few new moves!
5. Make It Star-studded
A night under the stars sounds so romantic, doesn’t it? Some planetariums offer Valentine’s Day shows that include incredible views of the night sky and romantic stories from the past. Bring a picnic basket and a bottle of wine, and it’ll be simply heaven.
6. It’s a Skate Date
Ice- or roller-skating – it’s really just another reason to hold hands. Grab your partner, lace up those skates and get going! It’s not only fun, it’s exercise, too. Promise to pick them up when they fall and follow it up with a cup of hot chocolate. Sweet!
Valentine’s Day is about making your partner feel loved, wanted, and special. It doesn’t take money to accomplish that. Choose a gift that speaks from your heart or an activity where you can spend meaningful, fun, thoughtful time together. When you think about it, those experiences are really priceless.