5 Budget Friendly Valentine’s Day Ideas

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, which means that restaurants, florists and gift shops will be marking up their prices to tailor to the increase in demand of their services and products. But these high prices don’t need to deter you from enjoying your day of love.

Do you want to celebrate with your loved one but avoid falling into the trap of the ever-increasing commercialisation of the day? Take a look at our Valentine’s Day ideas that will light up your day without blowing your budget…

1)     Plan a romantic home cooked meal

There’s nothing better than a nice home cooked meal; it’ll cost you half the price of a meal out at a restaurant and you can enjoy the evening, just the two of you, from the comfort of your own home.

Dim the lights and decorate your dining room table with candles and fairy lights to add a romantic touch. Then, dress up for the occasion and cook your loved one their favourite meal at home. This will be sure to put a smile on both of your faces.

And if you really want to get creative, why not turn the evening into a fun pizza night and make your own pizzas?

Spag bol with wine

2)     Try DIY wine tasting

Wine tasting doesn’t have to come with a big price tag. Pop to the shops before the big day and buy a selection of different wines, perhaps a few that you both haven’t tried before. Most supermarkets stock small bottles of wine at 18.7cl, so you can spend the evening sipping on a selection of different flavours and even decide on your next favourite date night bottle.

You could even take it up a notch and add cheese into the equation. Pair your DIY wine tasting evening with a cheese board for two made up of a selection of shop-bought cheeses, crackers and chutney.

3)     Visit a gallery or museum

Why not do something a little bit different and surprise your date this Valentine’s Day? There are a huge number of gallery exhibitions and museums to visit across the UK, most of which are free or require just a small entry fee or donation.

Some free museums in London you may want to visit include:

  • British Museum
  • National Gallery
  • Natural History Museum
  • Science Museum
  • Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Tate Modern

4)     Enjoy breakfast in bed

Cosy up with your loved one in the morning with breakfast in bed. Whether it’s a full English breakfast, pancakes or a simple bowl of cereal and a cuppa, I’m sure they’ll appreciate this kind gesture.

Write your loved one a thoughtful card to open and read alongside their breakfast treat too.

Breakfast and flowers on a tray in bed

5)     Organise a movie night

With cinema tickets costing at least £10 per person, plus the high prices of popcorn, a drink and pick n mix, a date night for two at the cinema will easily end up costing you at least £30. So why not avoid these high prices, avoid the queues and avoid a busy cinema viewing with a movie night at home.

A movie night is the ultimate relaxation method, especially after a busy week at work. Snuggle up on the sofa with your loved one with your favourite snacks and a glass of wine and watch a film (or two!) There are a huge number of different films available to choose from on Netflix and other streaming services, or you could even rent one for your romantic night in.


Valentine’s Day is the perfect time for you to be as creative as possible to show your admiration of your loved one. After all, you don’t need to spend a lot of money to show your love and affection to your partner. But, if you still have some concerns about your spending this February 14th and are considering a short-term loan, get in touch with us today.

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