10 Low Budget Valentine’s Date Ideas

Josiah Nang-Bayi, MD
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Valentine’s Day is all about celebrating your love. But you don’t need to spend a fortune on an extravagant date to have a memorable and romantic time with your significant other. There are plenty of fun date ideas that are easy on the wallet. Here are 10 low-budget Valentine’s date ideas to try this year:

1. Romantic picnic in the park

Pack a picnic basket with wine, cheese, fruit, and other finger foods for you and your partner. Lay out a blanket at a scenic spot in a park or botanical garden. Light a few candles to set the mood. Feed each other chocolate-covered strawberries for dessert. Cost: Under $50

2. Hike or nature walk

Get outdoors and enjoy some exercise together. Look for trails with beautiful mountain, forest, or coastal views. Pack snacks like trail mix and hold hands as you admire the scenery. Stop to kiss with a breathtaking vista as your backdrop. Cost: Free

3. Dance class for two

Look for beginner couples dance workshops at your local dance studio, community college, or recreation center. Learn something new together like ballroom, salsa, swing, tango or waltz. Moving in sync improves intimacy. Cost: Usually under $50 per couple. 

4. Romantic movie night in

Make popcorn, get cozy on the couch under a blanket, pour some wine, and put on a romantic movie like The Notebook, Romeo + Juliet or Carol. Build a pillow fort or hang twinkle lights to set the ambiance.  Cost: Free or low-cost movie rental.

5. Game night date 

Order takeout pizza and play your partner’s favorite board games or card games. Up the romance with games like scrabble, strip poker, truth or dare, or 20 questions. Laughter and friendly competition make for quality bonding. Cost: Under $30

6. DIY couples cooking class

Take an intimate couples cooking class together right in your own kitchen by following video recipes. Try cooking a sophisticated meal you’ve never made before. Enjoy your creations over candlelight when done. Cost: Ingredient cost only

7. Local art gallery date

Many local galleries offer free or cheap admission. Dress up and wander around admiring artwork together. Strike up conversations about your favorite pieces. Feel cultured and sophisticated together. Cost: Often free or under $10

8. Sunset nature walk

Time a scenic nature trail walk to line up with the sunset. Stop when the sky turns vivid hues of orange and pink to take in the natural beauty together. End your walk hand-in-hand on a romantic cliff or beach overlook. Cost: Free

9. Wine and canvas night

Book a wine and canvas class where you paint identical paintings step-by-step while sipping wine. Let your inner artist out. Take your masterpieces home to display proudly. Cost: Usually $30-$40 per person

10. Hot cocoa crawl

Visit 3 or more local cafes, coffee shops, or bakeries in one night and share hot chocolates. Compare favorites and get cozy chatting at each spot. Sweet, affordable, and festive! Cost: $15-$30 total

You don’t need a big budget to show your partner you care this Valentine’s Day. With a dash of creativity, thoughtfulness, and effort, inexpensive dates can be just as romantic and special. Focus on intimacy, laughter, and togetherness rather than cost. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Josiah Nang-Bayi, MD is a medical doctor by profession, an author, a financial literacy and digital assets enthusiast, an entrepreneur and a growing philanthropist.
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