Every year the dreaded day comes around where a man is supposed to show his significant other just how much he cares and spend gobs of money. This has always seemed like an extraordinarily strange tradition to me since it would seem logical to show your significant other just how much you love them EVERY single day of the year and not just on Valentine’s Day. However, this is the realm we are currently in, so embrace it! This doesn’t mean that you have to break the bank in the attempts to show just how much you care.

If you’re looking for ways to enjoy Valentine’s Day without having to pull out credit cards to pay for the gifts or just want to save a little more money on the day, then follow the tips below and try to create memories with just a little bit of money sprinkled in. Remember, it’s now how much you spend, but how many memories you create in life that really matter.

A Classic

This is one of those things that will only really work if you KNOW how to cook. The best way to go about this one is to start probing your significant other well ahead of time about what dish might really wow them. Also take opportunities to find out just by keeping your ears open and listening to things they say in passing, or may have mentioned before that they would really like to try.

The key here is to cook something that you don’t normally cook because that makes it more special than just a normal night. There are plenty of websites to grab ideas if you are at a loss. Some of these are:

  1. Pinterest
  2. Food Network Recipes
  3. AllRecipes
  4. Whole Foods Market
  6. Delish

Once you have decided on the dish to make, then you have to ensure that the ambiance matches. Don’t go completely overboard, but set the scene for a romantic meal. Whatever dish you choose, try to make the accompaniments match. Definitely go for flowers, but make sure they are flowers that she actually LIKES. Candlelight, flameless candles, or even smaller string lights can be easy and cheap, yet romantic.

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Relive Your Childhood

Remember when you were an adolescent and just started to date? Going to the ice skating rink, or the skating rink, was the place to go because you could hold hands with the object of your affection, and at some of the rinks they would lower the lights and play more romantic music. Relive that time in your life and infuse a bit of laughter and childhood play into your date.

This is not only a very budget friendly option but it gives you a reason to hold hands and talk, while trying to stay balanced. Plus it gives you both the bonus opportunity to let loose and laugh at yourselves for a little while. Laughter releases endorphins, which are the hormones that enhance bonding and love. Since this is what you are going for, you can’t go wrong.

Not only that but if you choose ice skating, you also have the opportunity to snuggle with each other over a cup of hot chocolate at the rink. If the whole point of this holiday is to show love and increase your romantic connection with each other, then this one is a win-win!

A New Skill

Learning a new skill together creates more memories, which just increases your bond. One of the best ways to do this is through food. There are quite a few new venues popping up for cooking classes as well as underground chef speakeasy’s, of sorts.

Places like Whisk and Sur La Table not only sell cookware, but also have regular classes that are themed. Some of these, especially in February, are geared towards couples and date nights. You will get to meet with other couples, and possibly make some new friends along the way, while you sip wine and watch the chefs cook. Some of these classes get you more involved than just watching. This way you both will get to assist with the dish and learn a few new skills along the way.

The other option is to have a personal chef come to your house and teach you to cook a romantic dish as a couple. You get to use your own cookware and dishes, as well as have the comfort of your own home. They usually clean up after the cooking is done, while you and your significant other enjoy the romantic meal, and then quietly slip out to let you enjoy the rest of the meal alone.

This option requires a bit more planning because the chefs will want to gear the meal towards your likes and interests, but add a romantic twist. We offer private couples classes like this here locally and have heard of other personal chefs providing the same service. The clients love it because it is a different twist on going out to dinner.

Enjoy Valentine

Work Up A Sweat

For the exercise enthusiasts, there are some great options that won’t kill your budget but will still release those bond enhancing endorphins. There seem to be a plethora of races nowadays and themed races, such as Valentine’s Races have been popping up. These are usually a 5k race, which is plenty of time to release the endorphins and work up a sweat, but won’t leave you dragging the rest of the day.

Another option is to plan a romantic hike, preferably on a trail less traveled so as not to be overburdened by a ton of other hikers. Make sure to pack a simple, yet elegant lunch, to spread out on a rock or grassy area when you stop to take a water break. This lunch could be something like craft cheese and crackers, fresh fruit, custom trail mix, a favorite sandwich, a large colorful salad, etc. Pair this with some water or tea that you have enhanced with natural fruits/flowers and you have a winning combo.

You both get to be outside in nature and just breath, catch up with each other uninterrupted and enjoy a healthy, re-energizing lunch.

Whatever you choose to do to show your love, make sure that it is something that is especially geared towards them and their likes. Remember to think about what makes them happy and feel special. When they see the effort that you put into the day to show them  how much you care, it will just increase your bond and bring back the romance, without breaking your budget.

What are some romantic, non-budget busting Valentine’s ideas that you have tried in the past? Which one was your favorite?

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