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Want to Create a Romantic Date Night on a Dime?

Jewelry. Flowers. Dinner reservations. Valentine's Day dates come with expectations that exceed far beyond a classic date. The average cost of your typical Friday night date in America totals around $102.32. This number is in reference to something simple, such as dinner and a movie. Valentine's Day usually suggests something romantic and out of the ordinary such as an eloquent dinner, tickets to a show, an extravagant bouquet of flowers, and so on. That being said, men and women alike are more likely to shell out the big bucks.

However, that price tag is not attainable for everyone. Although it may feel like money is the key to a perfect date, there are many options for those who are hoping to live within their means and avoid running up the credit card bill this February. If you are at a loss for ideas, we've pulled together some romantic, no-frills, affordable date night ideas for you to glean from this Valentine's Day.

Get Creative in the Kitchen

Step out of your comfort zone and step into the kitchen this Valentine's Day. Are you a sucker for sushi? Crave chicken carbonara? Have a love for lasagna? Try your hand with your significant other. Elect to make one of your favorite dishes at home instead of spending money going out to get them. You can even create a romantic atmosphere by lighting candles, pouring some wine, and cooking together. Chances are, you'll save money and make memories in the process.

Embrace Nature

If you want to get out of the house, try embracing the beauty of the outdoors. Pack a picnic and go to the park or watch a sunset on the beach. If you and your special someone are more adventurous, go canoeing in the springs or go for a bike ride. Taking advantage of the natural romance nature brings can create an affordable and unforgettable date night.


Many popular Valentine's Day dates include unique experiences such as wine tastings, cooking classes, pottery lessons, and more. While dates such as these offer a simultaneous sense of excitement and romance, the price tag can be reason enough to turn them down. However, recreating these experiences in your own home is a great way to save money while also impressing your date. Visit your local craft store and browse the isles for a project you can learn together or head to the store and pick up a variety of wine flavors that you and your partner have never tried before. So don't stress about spending this Valentine's Day, and create an unforgettable evening that won't break the bank.