With Valentine’s Day just around the corner we thought we would give young lovers a helping hand with some tips on how to make Valentine’s Day special on a budget. We are aware it can end up being an expensive day, there is a lot of pressure on couples, to buy the perfect gift or a big romantic gesture. Check out our tips below to help you share love on this special day without breaking the bank.
Our Budget Valentine’s Day Infographic is packed full of ways to save money whilst still make this time of year feel special. We have looked at the best times to book a romantic meal or break away, plus how to save money on gifts and ideas for cost effective activities to help keep the romance going.
Speaking about keeping the spark alive this valentines, our Managing Director, Chris Reilly said:
“Over the years it feels like Valentines has become commercial and expensive, but as our tips show, it doesn’t need to be. Whether you want to treat a loved one, family or a dear friend this Valentine’s Day we have plenty of tips for you to show them how much you care, without breaking the bank.”
Don’t celebrate on Valentine’s Day
- Don’t book your meal for February 14th instead try the weekend or a weeknight before or after.
- Use MyVoucherCodes to get money off discounts for meals out.
- Use Groupon for local deals at independent restaurants.
- Always check to make sure you can use vouchers on Valentine’s Day.
- Book a cheap city break, during the week before or after Valentine’s to find better deals.
- Prepare a meal for your loved one at home, using fresh, seasonal ingredients.
- Or make the most of ‘dine in for 2 meals’ from your supermarket.
- Have a picnic at home, setting out a rug, basket and nibbles and settle down to a romantic evening in the warmth.
- Instead of heading to the cinema, stay in and have a nice movie night with your loved one, don’t forget the popcorn.
Money saving gifts
- Instead of buying expensive flowers, buy a pot plant- it will last so much longer.
- Bake a cake, make heart shaped cookies or homemade chocolates.
- Plan ahead and make your own flavoured gin or vodka.
- Put together your own scrap book of your time as a couple from photos and keepsakes.
- Make a digital mix tape on iTunes or Spotify and send to your loved one.
Out and about
- Check out free events in your area.
- Visit a museum. Admission is free to many in the UK.
- Go for a romantic moonlight walk.
- Brave the cold weather and picnic in the park.
The real reason behind Valentine’s Day and don’t get caught up in the commercialism, enjoy spending time with your loved one, it’s important to making time for those significant people in your life.