Valentine’s Day on a Budget

Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love. Husbands, wives, partners, boyfriends, girlfriends, soul mates, dear friends, and everyone in between. As the Beatles famously sang, “money can’t buy me love”. You don’t have to break the bank to show you care this year. Check out these great ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day on a budget.


Handmade Cards. Sure, those store bought cards are lovely with their glittery stock and pre-written words. But if you have time, why not make your own card? Handmade cards showcase all the extra time and thought put into making Valentine’s Day special. Take a trip to your local craft store and pick up stickers, ribbon, and Valentine-themed card stock. If you’re not particularly crafty, don’t let that stand in your way. Check out these free printables below, created by our very own graphic designers here at The Guide! Just click on a design below, print, color, and include your own personal message.



Homemade Treats. It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without the sweets. Store bought chocolates and candies can get expensive. Why not make your own treats? The possibilities are endless. Bake your sweetheart’s favorite dessert, or try your hand at making some chocolate covered strawberries. Chocolate covered strawberries are easy to make and fun to decorate. If your sweetheart isn’t so fond of sweets, or is sticking to a diet, cater to that with a little creativity. Citrus fruits and pomegranates are in season this time of year, and would be a great addition to a homemade Valentine’s fruit basket!


Homecooked Valentine’s Dinner. Skip the crowds and waiting by planning your very own home cooked Valentine’s Day dinner. No need for a reservation when you’re cooking at home! You can still make it a fancy affair by setting the table, lighting some candles, and dressing up nicely. Up your game by creating a love-themed playlist for the evening. Click here for some songs to get you started:

If you’re stumped on what to make for dinner, below are some recipe ideas to help you plan.


Romantic Movie Night. Valentine’s date night often means a trip to the movies. But the movie theater can really put a dent in your wallet, and theaters are sure to be crowded on February 14th. Why not plan your own movie night? Rent a couple movies, or search Netflix for romantic favorites.

Some popular options for Valentine’s Day are:

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If neither of you are fond of romantic movies, just pick movies that you both enjoy. Whether you’re watching Love, Actually or Avengers, what matters most is that you’re spending time together.


Express Your Love. Use your creative strengths to communicate your love this Valentine’s Day. When you love someone, it’s important to say it. How you say it is up to you. If poetry and prose are your strengths, jot down a few lines expressing what is on your heart. Are you a musician? Use your skills to play a song for your significant other. Artists, take up your medium of choice and draw or paint something for your darling. If you really want to go the extra mile, write a greeting for your loved one and have it published in The Guide! Starting at just $5, it’s about the same cost as a greeting card from the store, but much more personalized. Click here to submit your greeting.

Whether you’re celebrating out on the town this year our having a budget Valentine’s Day, we wish you love and happiness on this day, and every day of the year.

Do you have any ideas to add to our list? Tell us in the comments!


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