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15 Great Cheap Date Ideas for Valentines Day

15 Great Cheap Date Ideas for Valentines Day

Not everyone has...or better yet, wants to, blow a ton of money on one day, but if your partner is really into the day or you want to do something special despite low funds, here are 15 great cheap date ideas for Valentine's day.

1. Build a Love Fort

15 Great Cheap Date Ideas for Valentines Day

Gather up your pillows, blankets, lights and either surprise your date with your fort or make your little love nest together. Once built, you can watch movies, listen to music, talk, or do other fun things in your creation.

2. Picnic in the park (with a twist)

Don't just do boring sandwiches, put a theme on your picnic basket where you each surprise each other with only food items on theme like all red foods, or popular snacks from 1970. Get creative.

3. Have your friends plan your date

Let them know everything must be under a certain budget and then have them fill out envelopes with things they think you should do together, and have fun opening them and seeing what romantic things your friends have come up with. This also totally takes the stress off you to plan something.

4. Go out for breakfast date instead

15 Great Cheap Date Ideas for Valentines Day

Depending on where you go, this is way cheaper and doesn't usually require a reservation like a dinner date.

5. Couples Cooking Challenge

Challenge your couple friends to a cook off to see who can make the most romantic dish (or whatever).

6. Go for a night bike ride

Bring some snacks, your mixtapes, whatever, and just go for a ride in your city and discover something new about it together.

7. Camp out under the stars in your backyard or balcony

Put down the couch cushions and every pillow you've got. Play a few intense rounds of card games or board games, microwave up some s'mores, share a beer and some laughs.

8. Re-create romantic movie scenes

15 Great Cheap Date Ideas for Valentines Day

Are they really romantic or just a bunch of fiction. Try some out with your partner and find out.

9. Go do that

Is there something local, cheap, or free. Go do that. Even if it sucks, it will definitely give you guys something to talk about.

10. Volunteer together

Make your date not just about you, but bringing love and kindness to those in need. Volunteer to write Valentine's cards to kids in the hospital or help feed the homeless.

11. Binge watch

Pick a show that neither of you have seen and make a go at finishing the entire first season.

12. Enlist your friends

15 Great Cheap Date Ideas for Valentines Day

Try just asking friends or family to help you with your date. If you know a friend who can cook, have them be your chef for the night, or a friend who plays guitar or can sing, have them serenade your partner, or if your friend knows someone who knows someone, have them hook you up with tickets to whatever in exchange for something they need like baby sitting or their lawn mowed. People are more likely to help you out if you offer your services back in return.

13. GPS scavenger hunt

Print out a map of your general local area, and close your eyes and pick somewhere on the map and go wherever there is. Create a scavenger hunt you must complete...like take a photo with a town statue or 5 things with the town name on it, go to the local grocery store, find out the history of the town from a local, find out if their restaurants are even on Yelp.

14. $20 Challenge

The two of you must each plan a date to take place either in the morning or the afternoon, but the whole entire date and all costs for both of you, must be under $20. Let your partner know you want to see how creative they can get because you plan to have the better date planned...of course.

15. Make a cheap date film

Grab your phones and create a vlog about creating a magical cheap date experience. You can make it funny or real, but add Real World style confessional booths, dress up in cheesy outfits, or really find out some good local cheap spots according to the internet, and give them a try and report live on how they measure up.


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  • I like the GPS scavenger hunt.

    What movie is the pic in number 8 recreating? I kind of think it's Love Actually.

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  • I really like these, and i think honestly a cheap one is a better one

    Cheap mostly means less, that means you get less things that are out of who you with, i mean if someone takes me to a really expansive show or food i find it as a bad thing really, as your fucous is taken by the really expansive thing, i mean how many times will you be able to eat something like that?
    On the other hand doing something simple means you and them need to put more into it, more into what you give that is you, and not that

    So i really love the ideas of 1,2,7,9 because they the two to make it them self, or it lets the self given to the other with less distraction and stuff, that we all know there is too much these days :D

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  • We already have reservations for a romantic breakfast in one of our beach side restaurants which is walking distance from my house. We agreed to just relax on the beach and squeeze in a li'l hanky panky before the Sun goes down. I'll start cooking & baking up his favorite foods for dinner soon after it gets dark. This is usually the time we exchange Valentines gifts. To both of us, V-Day isn't a big thing anymore but we do a li'l special something for each other no matter what.

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  • My SO and I love to have the Valentine's breakfast!!
    But a love fort?

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  • Costco and Ikea are great dates also. I would love to just go around eating samples with someone.

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  • These tips are awesome. I especially like the love fort. Thanks!

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  • <3 Great ideas :) Love the 20 dollar challenge

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  • I love the cook off and the scavenger hunt

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  • Cute ideas

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  • Fantastic ideas :)

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  • Nice ideas

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  • Cool

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  • those are smart

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  • Great ideas!

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  • Love it

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  • Sweet ideas! Nice take

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