It always feels like a lot of pressure at Valentine's Day, making sure you get the right gift and spend enough money that your partner feels special. Yet not everyone can afford elaborate displays of affection.
When you have to celebrate Valentine's Day on a budget, there are still plenty of ways to communicate romantic intentions without being a cheapskate. Talk ahead of time if you're strapped for cash so your partner can set a similar budget, and then get creative.
Here are some special ways to express your love this Valentine's Day, even with only a small amount of money.
1. Try Date Night In
Cooking with your partner can be a fun way to spend some time together not in front of the TV. And when you put the kids to bed and stay up late making something new, it's a way to bond and laugh together as you experiment in the kitchen.
Sip a glass of wine while you follow the recipe, and then do something extra special and out of the ordinary like lighting some candles while you eat. Or eat outside under the stars if it's warm enough (even if you have to snuggle under a blanket).
2. Matching Outfits for Valentine's Day on a Budget
While it's not a big diamond, a matching outfit is a great way to show someone you love them. Not only are you giving them a reminder of your love, you're promising to think of them, too, the whole time you're wearing your half of the pair. Try this matching Valentine's outfit or even matching undies with your significant other.
For a fun alternative, there are also complimentary outfits. T-shirts don't necessarily say the same message, but they're meant for wearing while you're together. It's only when the shirts are next to each other that their jokes make sense.
3. Write a Letter
Homemade things can often feel cheap, like you're looking for a way not to spend money on your partner. Yet if you're both on a budget and you can't afford to spend a lot of money, you can use homemade cards to make a big impact this Valentine's Day. Write several love notes with significance, either one for every year you've been together, or another important number to your relationship.
Then hide the notes all over the house, in the car, and even in the other person's wallet or purse. Wherever they may encounter notes throughout the day, place them there so they'll have a reminder of your love all day long.
4. Trade Massages
It's always fun to go to the spa for a couples massage, but it can get pricey. Stay home instead, and rub each other down. This is even more special, in particular when you set the mood first.
Find some slow music, instrumental or even some sultry jazz, like Norah Jones. Light some candles with a soothing scent. Even take a bath or soak your feet together before you get started to help you relax and enjoy the experience.
If you're doing Valentine's Day on a budget this year, these ideas can help. Whether you go the matching outfit route or try something that involves a little more time and effort, your partner will be sure to feel cherished.
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