Cupid on a Budget – Cheap Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day!

cheap date ideas for valentines day
Budget Cupid is here to help put a little romance in your life for less this Valentine's Day with 10 cheap date ideas!

10 Cheap Date Ideas for Valentine's Day

Enjoy Chocolate Dipped Strawberries and Champagne by the Fireplace
How romantic, just like a scene out of the movies! Take it one step further and make chocolate dipped strawberries together:

  • Wash and thoroughly dry 1 pound of fresh strawberries.
  • Melt a 12 oz. package of chocolate chips with 1 tablespoon of shortening in the microwave for 1 minute, stir and microwave in additional 30 second increments if needed, stir until smooth.
  • Hold the strawberries by the stem and dip, place on wax paper to harden.
  • ENJOY!

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Revisit Your Wedding Album
Cozy up by the fireplace and rekindle the flame as you look though your wedding album! How's that for a FREE DATE NIGHT!

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Dine In, Not Out
Cook a nice dinner together and don't forget the candlelight! Try some new recipes or recreate a meal you saw on Food Network.

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Scenic Drive
My all time favorite date with my husband was when we took a scenic drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Hiking, picnics and sunsets…how romantic is that?

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Walk on the Beach
If you live in a warm climate, and you're near the beach – take a walk, hold hands, collect shells and enjoy a glass of wine.

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Wine Tasting at Home
Ask your local wine store to recommend a few cheap wines then cover the bottles in brown paper bags, taste and rate. You just might discover a new favorite cheap wine! Don't forget to pick up a nice loaf of French bread from the bakery and a couple of deli cheeses.

cheap date ideas for valentines

Couples Massage
If you're looking for a cheap date, the $200 couples massage at the local spa is most likely out of the question, but a massage at home can be much more romantic! Check out an instructional book or watch an instructional You Tube video together, take turns giving each other a massage and RELAX!

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Half & Half
If you can't decide what to do for Valentine's Day, each of you should plan an activity. Maybe you plan dinner and your spouse picks a movie? Celebrate the entire weekend, and you can each be in charge of a day. Add to the romance by surprising each other with your plans, and don't forget to check deal sites like Groupon for fun things to do at a great price in your city.

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Movie Night
There's nothing better than curling up together on the couch with a warm snuggly blanket and watching a romantic movie! My personal favorite? Love Actually!

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Celebrate Early or Late
If you have a Bank of America credit card, check card or ATM card, you can enjoy FREE ADMISSION to more than 150 museums, zoos and botanical gardens the first weekend of every month. Cupid really won't know if you don't celebrate on the 14th, and Budget Cupid will be thrilled because it's a FREE DATE NIGHT!

So, there it is – 10 Cheap Date ideas for Valentine's Day, but if you're just a traditional flowers and dinner kind of gal…please let your husband know about discounted gift cards. Buy Discounted Gift Cards For Up To 30% Off at!There's absolutely no reason to pay full price when you can buy discounted gift cards to restaurants like Bonefish Grill (8% off), Bravo Italiano (8% off), Buca di Beppo (18% off), Cheesecake Factory (6% off), Longhorn Steakhouse (9% off), Maggiano's (12% off), Outback (10% off). The selection of discounted gift cards changes daily so check often and allow time for shipping.

Please leave a comment to share your favorite cheap date ideas and Valentine's date ideas with Budget Cupid!

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Morgan M
11 years ago

I love these ideas, especially the in-home wine tasting. That is definitely what Hubby and i will be doing on Thursday!! Thanks so much for this post!

11 years ago

Great ideas! I like the one about celebrating early by checking your bank card of other membership cards for discounts.

11 years ago

I love the idea to revisit wedding photos. A ton of other great ones here, too! Thanks for the inspiration, and Happy Valentine’s Day!

Columba Lisa
11 years ago

Great ideas! Now if I could just get a date… 😉

Roz K. Walker
11 years ago

Love the ideas! We like taking scenic drives and we often re-watch our wedding tape. So wish I lived close to a beach, though (sigh).

Sharon Green
11 years ago

I like the idea of revisiting your wedding album and the dining in! Two great ways to celebrate in your own space at your own time.

gina valley
11 years ago

Those are all great ideas!
I am craving chocolate covered strawberries now. I will have to make some! I’ve already bookmarked this so I have your yummy recipe.

11 years ago

Oooh I wish I had a fireplace! I’m on my own this Valentine’s Day, but some of those things will probably happen anyway! The strawberries sound delicious and so does the movie night!

Pamela R
11 years ago

oh some super thoughts here— I like the couples massage =)

Betty Baez
11 years ago

I wish we could take a walk on the beach I’m over this cold weather we’re suppose to get 6-18 in starting tonight into tomorrow….I didn’t know that about free admission to zoos etc. my step dad has a Bank of America card ill let him know

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