Valentine’s Day is a special occasion for couples to celebrate their love, but it can also be a costly holiday. However, there are many ways to save money on Valentine’s Day while still making it a memorable and romantic experience. From setting a budget and planning ahead, to being creative and avoiding peak times, there are many strategies you can use to cut costs while still showing your love and affection. Additionally, by comparing prices and avoiding commercialism, you can find ways to make the holiday special without breaking the bank. So, whether you’re planning a romantic evening out or a cozy night in, there are many ways to save money on Valentine’s Day and make it a special and memorable occasion for you and your loved one.
Set A Budget For How Much You Want To Spend on Valentine’s Day
Deciding on a budget for Valentine’s Day can be challenging, but it’s important to set a limit to avoid overspending. Start by considering your current financial situation and determine how much you can realistically afford to spend. Take into account other expenses, such as bills and savings goals, to determine the amount you can set aside for the holiday. Consider the type of celebration you want to have, whether it’s a romantic dinner, a fun activity, or a special gift, and adjust your budget accordingly. Don’t forget to factor in any special promotions or discounts that might be available. By creating a budget, you can enjoy the holiday without the stress of overspending.
How Much Should You Spend on Valentine’s Day
Historically, the average cost of Valentine’s Day is around $200 per person, depending on the type of gifts, activities, and dining plans that are chosen. However, given that a regular dinner for 2 seems to average around $200 in US cities, it the average Valentine’s Day dinner has likely gotten more expensive too. In 2022, red roses were up 22% YoY and inflation is only up since then. There is no set amount for how much you should spend on Valentine’s Day. Set the amount you want to spend and stick to that budget.
Plan Valentine’s Day Early
The best, reasonably priced Valentine’s Day restaurant reservations will be taken far in advance. Additionally, if you want a thoughtful gift from a place like Etsy, orders get backed up pretty quickly and only expensive options + expedite fees may be left. Lastly, stores have plenty of promotions. The further out you plan, the more likely you will be able to leverage a store promotion to save money on a Valentine’s Day gift. Planning ahead is an easy way to save money on Valentine’s Day gifts.
Make Cute Homemade Valentine’s Day Gifts
Instead of buying expensive gifts, make something homemade or plan a special activity together. Below are a few ideas for homemade and DIY Valentine’s Day gifts.
- A homemade scrapbook or photo book filled with memories of you and your significant other. Shutterfly frequently runs promotions and has templates to make this cheap and easy.
- A homemade coupon book filled with things like “a night of their choice of movie and home-cooked dinner” or “a day of doing their household chores.”
- A framed photo of the two of you with a heartfelt message written on the back.
- A homemade gourmet meal or baked goods.
- A hand-drawn or painted piece of art for them to display in their home or office.
- A personalized piece of clothing or accessory, such as a sweater or hat.
- A memory jar filled with little notes and trinkets that represent special moments in your relationship.
- A homemade spa day package including homemade scrubs, bath bombs, candles and more
These Valentine’s Day gifts on a budget won’t break the bank and will show your significant other how much you care about them.
Make a Cute DIY Valentine’s Day Card
It feels like we used to be able to go into a store and buy a Valentine’s Day card for $2. Now, some Valentine’s Day cards are $10! If you already have craft supplies at home, or have generic stationary, make your own Valentine’s Day card and save money.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day on a Different Day
Who says you have to celebrate Valentine’s Day on the actual day? If you have a trip coming up, call one of the nights out a belated Valentine’s Day celebration. Go out to eat or do an activity locally on a different day to avoid peak prices on Valentine’s Day. Many restaurants have fixed price menus for Valentine’s Day that tend to be more expensive than other days.
Shop Around for The Best Deals
Even though Valentine’s Day tends to be more expensive, there are still deals to be found. For example, Lou Malnati’s sells heart shape deep dish pizzas on Valentine’s Day. This is a cheaper dinner comparatively yet still special and delicious. Local bakeries sell cute heart shaped desserts. Remember, it’s the thought that counts. The gift doesn’t have to be expensive.
Ultimately, Valentine’s Day is a day of love. You can celebrate it by doing something special for your loved one. It doesn’t have to be something expensive, it can be something you both can enjoy and make a great memories together.