Affordable Valentine's Day ideas under $50

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As the cost of living continues to rise, finding affordable yet meaningful ways to celebrate Valentine's Day is more important than ever. We understand the desire to treat yourself and your special someone without breaking the bank. That's why we've created a list of Valentine's Day ideas you could consider, with most options costing around $50 or less! 


Valentines Day idea 1: Picnic in the park

Whether you’re celebrating with your partner, friends or pets, why not mark Valentine’s Day with a classic picnic in the park! 

With homemade treats, a comfy blanket and your favourite drinks, Valentine’s Day with a picnic in the park could be a timeless, budget-friendly way to celebrate love.

Tip:  Explore local parks or green spaces in your area.

Mini checklist:

  • Blanket
  • Homemade snacks or sandwiches
  • Drinks of choice
  • Portable speaker for music

Valentine's Day idea 2: DIY movie night

Skip waiting in lines and trying to find parking at the cinema and instead turn your living room into a cosy movie theatre. Pick your favourite movie whether it’s one you’ve watched a thousand times or something new and grab some homemade popcorn and get comfy. 

Feeling a little bit extra? Create a mini DIY concession stand with affordable snacks. You get to enjoy the movie experience without the hefty price tag.

Tip: Check streaming services for budget-friendly movie options on Netflix and Stan.

Mini checklist:

  • Favourite movies or a movie list
  • Homemade popcorn
  • Snack station with treats
  • Cosy blankets

Valentine's Day idea 3: Arts and craft 

Get creative together! Attend a local art class or try your hand at a DIY project at home. Many art supply stores offer affordable kits or supplies. 

If painting isn't exactly your strong suit and you're eager to impress your friend or date, don’t sweat—just head to your nearby Kmart or Target and check out their paint by number kits

Tip: Look for local art classes or explore online tutorials on Eventbrite and Skillshare.

Mini checklist:

  • Art supplies (canvas, paints, brushes)
  • Reference materials for inspiration
  • Aprons or old shirts for protection
  • Snacks and drinks

Valentine's Day idea 4: Nature walk or hike

Explore the outdoors with a nature walk or hike. Whether it's a nearby trail or a scenic route in your city, this is a simple but sweet way to spend quality time together. Don't forget to pack a simple picnic or snacks to refuel along the way.

Tip: Discover nearby trails or nature spots on AllTrails and National Parks. 

Mini checklist:

  • Comfortable footwear
  • Water bottles
  • Snack pack
  • Camera or smartphone for photos

Valentine's Day idea 5: Game night 

Bring out your competitive sides with a game night at home. Dust off board games, cards, or even video games for a night filled with laughter and friendly competition. Winner gets bragging rights – and maybe a sweet reward!

Resource: Check out local thrift stores for affordable board games.

Mini checklist:

  • Selected games
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Scorecards or notepads
  • Prize for the winner

Valentine's Day idea 6: Cooking together

Instead of dining out, opt for a fun cooking session at home. 

Choose a recipe you both want to try, gather the ingredients, and get to work in the kitchen. It's a delicious way to bond and enjoy a homemade meal. If you need extra help with funding your grocery shopping this Valentines Day, consider cashing out your pay early with Beforepay. 

Tip: Explore budget-friendly recipes online on BBC Good Food.

Mini checklist:

  • Recipe and ingredients
  • Cooking utensils
  • Aprons
  • Music playlist for ambiance

Valentine's Day idea 7: Stargazing getaway

Take a break from the city lights for a night of stargazing. Grab some blankets, your favourite hot drinks and enjoy the company of friends or loved ones without emptying your wallet.

Tip: Use stargazing apps to identify constellations on Google Play or the App store and explore telescopes and binoculars on B&H.

Mini checklist:

  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Hot drinks (thermos)
  • Stargazing app
  • Portable telescope or binoculars

This Valentine's Day, you don't need to break the bank to express your love. With these affordable date ideas, you can create meaningful moments without the financial stress. Remember, it's the thought and connection that truly matter. Wishing you a love-filled and budget-friendly Valentine's Day!

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