Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and it’s normal to feel a little stressed if you’re tight on money this year. Valentine’s Day can be a great day to spoil your loved ones and make them feel special, but if you’re on a budget this year – have no fear! These tips to help you celebrate Valentine’s Day on a budget can help your day go smoothly and just as romantically!

1. Skip the dinner reservations.

This is usually one of the bigger expenditures of Valentine’s Day and one of the easiest places to make cuts so you can stick to your Valentine’s Day on a budget. Whether you decide to cook a nice romantic dinner in, have a picnic, or just eat as normal, there are plenty of ways to make your loved one feel special without splurging on a huge fancy dinner. It truly is the thought that counts, so skip the reservations and get creative!

2. Make something from the heart.

Sure, some people might think handmade gifts are cheesy, but ultimately they end up being remembered no matter what! Think of something like a deck of cards with “52 reasons I love you”, coupon book,  treasure hunt or something similar. It’s important to remind people how special they are to you and you don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars to do it! A letter from the heart, a nice handcrafted gift, or just telling them in person can go a long way.

 3. Reschedule!

Rescheduling Valentine’s Day isn’t the end of the world, especially if you’re both on a budget! Stock up on clearance candy the day after the holiday and enjoy a night in together watching your favorite flicks on Netflix! Nothing like celebrating your love like saving money! In fact, you could even decide to put the money you save away in savings for a future trip together!

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4. Do a “pal”entine’s day!

Even if you don’t have a significant other to celebrate this year, you could always come together with some friends and do a “pal”entine’s day! Get together with some of your closest friends and reminisce on some great memories and spend quality time together! Whether you hang out at someone’s house or go out to lunch, just make it a great day and let them know how special they are to you!

5. Don’t sweat it!

If you absolutely cannot swing Valentine’s Day on a budget (or not) this year, don’t sweat it! There are 365 days in a year to show someone you love them, and they’ll understand. Of course, you can buy something small like a card (don’t forget to check dollar stores for extra savings!) but ultimately, you can show someone you love them every day of the year!


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