Frugal Date Ideas With Your Valentine
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Frugal Date Ideas With Your Valentine

Posted on Wednesday, February 6th, 2013 at 7:00 am
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Valentine’s Day is all about love. It is the perfect time to express to your sweetheart just how much you love and cherish them. Some might choose extravagant and expensive ways to express their affection. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune to have a Happy Valentines Day! Here are some frugal date ideas for you and your special valentine.

Bring Back the Butterflies
Think back to the very first date that you, and your significant other, had together. You both were feeling a bit nervous, excited, and optimistic. One way to bring back that giddy “butterflies in the stomach” feeling is to recreate your first date.

Many first dates consist of activities like going to the movies, having dinner at a nice (yet inexpensive) restaurant, or having coffee at a local cafe. The really expensive dates come later on, when the relationship is more solid. If you cannot return to the exact place that you went on your very first date together, try and find alternatives that are a close approximation.

Dinner for Two – At Home
Everyone wants to go out to dinner on Valentine’s Day. The result is that many restaurants are booked solid before you get there, or require you to wait for a very long time for a table to open up. That’s no fun at all!

Instead, have a romantic dinner at home. Dress up like you would if you were going out to dinner. Pick up some tasty take-out from a favorite restaurant, or have it delivered. Plate it, so it looks just like it would if you were dining out. Use the “good dishes”, and set the table. Dim the lights, open a bottle of wine, and enjoy your evening. You will save money on the dinner, the wine, and the cab you may have taken to and from the restaurant.

Watch the Sun Set
Those of you who live near a beach should take advantage of it! Drive to the beach on Valentine’s Day. Take a walk on the sand, or down the pier. There is something spectacular about watching the sun set over the ocean. Who better to share that beauty with than your special someone? If the beach is local, then it won’t cost you much in gas to travel to and from it. Watching the sun set won’t cost anything, and many consider it to be a romantic way to spend time together.

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.