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Budget-friendly Valentine’s Day date ideas

As nice as it is to have a fancy date night on Valentine’s Day, there are more affordable ways to show your partner how much you care. In previous years, the average person spent $164 on Valentine’s Day. That’s a lot, especially considering the most memorable moments are often the ones that cost nothing. We’ve put together a list of activities you can do this Valentine’s Day that will save you money while you make new memories with your sweetheart.

Have Valentine’s Day dinner at home

You don’t have to blow your budget on a fancy dinner at a restaurant to have a good evening. Skip the reservation and make dinner at home. A few ideas:

  1. Explore a cookbook. Make a three-course meal from a new cookbook.
  2. Have an indoor picnic. Lay a blanket down in the living room and eat as if you were in a park. Think charcuterie, red wine and nice music. (Just don’t spill!)
  3. Make it themed. Pair your dinner with a marathon of a movie series you both love. Butterbeers and Harry Potter, anyone?

Make something together

Paint night

You’ve probably heard of paint nights happening at your local pub or community centre. If you haven’t, they’re events where people get together and make masterpieces of their own while they dine on treats and wine. Why not do one together at home?  Pick up some brushes, paints and canvasses from your local dollar store and put on a YouTube tutorial. Become the Bob Ross you always knew you could be.


Spend the night getting lost in a puzzle together. Maybe you can find one worth framing and hanging in your home afterwards.

Arts & crafts

If you live together, make something new for your home. Candle making and woodworking are at the top of our list. Find something you both would enjoy making and tackle it together. Pinterest is a great place to look for project inspiration.

Go explore

Find a place you both haven’t been, and check it out together. There are so many fantastic areas to explore. We’re pretty into Fort Langley and the Victoria harbor, but check out your favourite events and community blog for ideas in your neighbourhood.

And while you’re out there, try something new. See if there is a cheap workshop, karaoke or ice skating rink where you could drop $10 at for a few hours of fun.


Don’t forget that the best memories usually come without a price tag. So this Valentine’s Day, spend time instead of money.

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