Happy Valentine’s Day: Five Valentine’s Day Ideas that Won’t Break the Bank

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February is often referred to as the month of love. In grade school, kids pack their friends’ mail cubbies with candy hearts and a plethora of pink, red and purple cards. In adulthood, people go out for a fancy dinner and shower their significant other with gifts. Although our loved ones deserve the world and then some, Valentine’s Day can take a toll on our finances. With a few helpful tips, you can show both your significant other and your wallet some love!

In-Home Movie Theater

No, we’re not saying you need to build one of those stunning in-home movie theaters – but if you do, please refer to our HELOC special- we’re talking about turning wherever you have a TV into a cozy movie theater for two. Dim the lights in the room, pop some popcorn and put on your significant other’s favorite movie. If you want to get really creative, make some faux movie tickets for the event to give to your loved one in advance.

Embrace Your Hobbies

Never underestimate the sentimental power of a handmade gift. Whether you’re great with wood working or can create a Hallmark-worthy card, handmade gifts have a sentimental value in that they’re entirely unique and can never be replaced. Better yet, create something together. Whether it is painting on a canvas together, writing out each other’s version of your love story or making computer paper and crayon sketches of each other, this is an opportunity to bond through creativity.

Table for Two

Is a fancy, candlelit dinner at the nicest restaurant in town out of the question? How about a fancy, candlelit dinner in your very own home? Either cook up your significant other’s favorite meal, or cook your favorite meal together. Put on your best attire, light some candles at your table and enjoy a romantic night in. Bonus points if you whip up your favorite ice cream sundaes or dessert afterwards.

Check Out the Local Scene

Communities always have free events and promotions going on, no matter the time of the year. Check out if some local places have an “Open Mic” night or if any movie theaters are offering Valentine’s Day promotions. If the weather isn’t too cold, explore some local or state parks. If you want to get really creative, and if possible, take a tour of your relationship. Visit where you first met, where you had your first date, your first kiss, etc.

Don’t Have a Valentine?

This day isn’t reserved only for lovebirds, this day is meant to be spent with any person you love. Whether that person is a friend, relative or yourself, this is the day where you get to spend some quality time with the quality people in your life. Indulge in every movie you have ever enjoyed, spend some time with a relative or cook yourself and some friends your favorite meal.

It doesn’t matter what you do, or how much you spend on Valentine’s Day. With all of the Hallmark cards and candy aside, what matters is the quality time you’re spending with that special person, or people, in your life.

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