Has anyone else noticed how hard it is to recover from the holiday money crunch? To be perfectly honest, it usually takes most people a few months, which is why it’s always a good idea to think about affordable Valentine’s Day date ideas. In a world where a single movie ticket can cost more than $16 (not including service fees), it can seem like there are few things to do on a budget. The good news is that you don’t have to spend a lot of money if you use a little imagination.
1. Rent a Canoe
Paddle out to the middle of the lake and take in all the beauty of nature. Bring a bottle of bubbly to enjoy together to make it even more special.
2. Enjoy Breakfast in Bed
This is an especially good one if you’re in a busy season at work. Wake up just a little bit earlier and cozy up with your S.O. for an hour or so before you start the day. Just don’t forget to make extra coffee.
3. Do a DIY Wine Tasting
Wine-tasting classes can be costly, but all you need are a few different varietals to do your own at home. Swirl and sip your way to finding your next favorite date-night bottle.
4. Look at Old Photos
Scroll through your photos on your iCloud or Facebook account—it will be fun to see how you’ve changed over time. This is an especially good one if you’ve been together for a while. Finish the night with a new photo to add to the mix.
5. Give Each Other Massages
Settle in for the night with your S.O. and pamper each other with massages. You can set the spa vibe with a scented candle and some massage oil.
6. Rent a Movie
There will be no lines and no need to brave the cold weather (if you live in the north). Instead of just watching something on Netflix, bite the bullet and spend a few dollars renting a new release.
7. Stage Your Own Photoshoot
Nothing says “I love you” quite like cute photos together. Have a friend take some adorable pics or snap some selfies. You can then display the images around your place (and on social media, if you’re into that).
8. Play Some Board Games
You can make it nostalgic with games from your childhood. The best part? Designate a prize for the winner (yes, we like to encourage competition).
9. Go on a Hike
Explore the great outdoors together. Being outside is known to boost happiness, and being together will make it even better. Plus, the views from the top of a mountain are super romantic.
10. Hold a Karaoke Contest
If you want to up the ante, invite some friends over to compete. Make sure to break out all the goodies, like Taylor Swift and the Backstreet Boys.
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