Celebrating Valentine's Day with your significant other can get expensive fast. First, there are the gifts. It starts off with just candy, boxes of chocolates, and flowers (which can all be pricey enough on their own!), and usually ends up being much more elaborate. You might feel like you have to spend a lot on an extravagant gift, like a nice piece of jewelry or a watch. After the gifts comes the actual celebrating: going out to dinner is a splurge on any holiday, but especially Valentine's Day. You feel more inclined to go all out, buying expensive meals and bottles of wine. It all adds up, and in the end, V-Day could end up costing just as much as Christmas. But here's a secret: there are plenty of free ways to celebrate Valentine's Day — you just need to get a little creative.
While going out for a fancy dinner can be nice, it's certainly not your only date option for Feb. 14. There are so many other things you can do, and not all of them require you to whip out your credit card and spend a fortune. And, sure, giving and receiving gifts can be quite lovely, but if you're both trying to save, there's nothing wrong with skipping the tradition this year. You can show your love for each other in other ways that are just as meaningful, if not more.
So if you're looking for a low-maintenance, inexpensive Valentine's Day celebration, then keep reading - there are a bunch of ideas below that are still really fun and special: