Cheap But Fun and Romantic Date Ideas For Valentine’s Day

Updated: February 13, 2024

Many say that Valentine’s Day is just a commercial holiday. Well, as a personal finance blogger, I’d say it actually is. However, this doesn’t mean that frugal people should not celebrate the season.

Personally, I find it nice to go around the city and see people in love, this is why I do go out on Valentine’s Day, regardless if it’s with a date or just with friends.

Anyway, for those of you who are thinking of cheap but fun and romantic date ideas for Valentine’s Day, especially to the guys, then here are some tips.

Home cooked candle lit dinner.

It’s a cliche but you can’t argue that it’s both frugal and romantic if done the right way. One can just surprise the other or you can both plan the meal, buy the ingredients and cook together.

Be sure to have a romantic ambiance during dinner and imagine you’re in a fine dining restaurant.

Watch a free Valentine concert.

Colleges, universities and even local parks and communities are known to hold free Valentine concerts.

If not, there are always inexpensive shows that features up and coming singers and bands that can give you the same romantic serenade as those famous artists.

Have a movie marathon at home.

You don’t have to watch mushy movies or romantic chick flicks if you don’t want to. Any movie that you think you’ll both enjoy watching will do.

This Valentine date also works for a group of single friends. Come to think of it, having a movie marathon at home is always a cheaper alternative than going out.

An easy and relaxing breakfast date.

Avoid the Valentine date rush by doing it in the morning. I’ve done this once and I must say that it’s one of my most memorable dates.

No need to dress fancy. Search for a nice breakfast nook in town and enjoy each other’s company without the noisy crowd. More frugal points if you just do it at home.

A treasure hunt game at home.

A friend of mine swears that this is fun. Hide clues inside the house and let your spouse/partner play until he/she finds his/her Valentine’s gift.

The clues can include tasks which must be done in order to get the next clue from you, i.e. give you a kiss. Double the fun and let him or her do the same thing to you.

Star gazing.

Bring a map of the stars and spend the night having a romantic picnic while searching constellations across the night sky. A friend did this once and he says it’s really a unique and fun date.

In Metro Manila, the UP Diliman campus is one of the best places to do this, plus you can just head on to the UP Fair if you get tired searching the heavens.

Attend a spoken word or poetry reading session.

During college, I usually attend poetry reading sessions and I can remember how different it is to be among poets.

Nowadays, there’s also spoken word events. Just sit and listen to romantic prose all night. Or maybe you can publicly profess your undying love during open mic.

Share a fastfood meal.

From my experience, when you’re in love, everything seems to be romantic.

So even if you’re in a fastfood restaurant, quietly eating in one corner and sharing some burgers and fries, the unromantic ambiance seems not to matter much as long as you’re together with your loved one on Valentine’s Day. Do you agree?

Do what they did in Before Sunrise.

In my opinion, one of the best romantic films of all time is Before Sunrise. In the movie, stars Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy basically just walked and talked around Vienna during the whole time.

This film is proof that sometimes, each other’s presence is all you need to have a romantic time. If you haven’t seen it, I suggest you do and find out what I really mean.

Got any more cheap but fun and romantic date ideas for Valentine’s Day? Or perhaps you already did one in the past that’s both unique and memorable yet easy on the budget? I’d appreciate it if you can share it below.

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  1. What if you combine any of the above and then end up with an easy and relaxing breakfast somewhere? Now that would mean a very memorable and successful valentines date. =)

    Come to think of it, it’s hard to believe that my wife and I are actually spending our valentines together attending an internet marketing seminar of Joel Christopher. Totally different and something to look forward to!

  2. Nice reminder, Fitz. I think people nowadays should really be a practical spender.

    Come to think of it, I always save money when Valentine days arrived. Why? Well, it’s because it’s also my wife’s birthday! lol! Yes, it’s true.

    But anyway, we are not really fond of dating even when we were just sweethearts. Medyo kuripot ang lolo mo e…But then, I tend to give something unique. I remember 2 years ago, I send emails and text messages to all my friends and office mates and requested them to greet my wife.

    When I came home, she was “complaining” that she did not do anything the whole day but read tons of text messages. Isn’t that sweet…and cheap!?

  3. I can enjoy the “Before Sunrise” scenario. I think it’s a must that couples/friends should spend time to just talk.

    Now all I have to do is find a date! Haha!

  4. Thanks everyone for sharing your thoughts. :)

    @Sir Angel
    Your comment made me laugh. :D Please greet your wife for me a happy birthday on Valentine’s. I hope she and your daughter are recovering well and good. God bless!

  5. I love your idea of a breakfast valentine day! I think i’ll search for a Sunday brunch. Last year we couldn’t get a reservation for dinner anywhere on the 14th so we settled for the day before! It was perfect! It’s all a matter of perception! oooh, just had a thought! Why not start with a brunch and make it an all day affair! Think my husband would go for that? I’d love to pamper him and be pampered all day. is in the air!

  6. […] don’t have to spend a fortune to enjoy Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart. There are lots of ways to have a fun and romantic date that’s easy on the budget just like my UP Fair Valentine experience above. All it takes is a little creativity and […]

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