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Has anyone else noticed how hard it is to recover from the holiday money crunch? To be perfectly honest, it usually takes most people a few months, which is why it’s always a good idea to think about affordable Valentine’s Day date ideas. In a world where a single movie ticket costs more than $16 (not including service fees), it can seem like there are very few things to do on a budget. The good news is you don’t have to spend a lot of money if you use a little imagination.
After all, celebrating February 14 is all about spending time with the one you love (or the ones, if you’re spending it with some friends instead of a significant other). Other than the obvious option of making dinner at home, there are plenty of fun, creative things you can do that won't break the bank.
1 Make playlists for each other.
Spend some time putting together playlists for each other on your favorite streaming service. Choose songs that spark memories of your relationship or simply tunes you know your significant other will love. Then pour some wine, turn on the music, and reminisce.
2 Go stargazing.You don't need a telescope to set up a stargazing date. Just head to your own backyard with a warm, outdoor blanket and use a stargazing app to help identify constellations in the night sky.
One of the best ways to spend the day together is to choose a cause you're both passionate about and sign up to volunteer—you'll do some good for others and yourself, as volunteering can make you feel more connected to each other and the community. Visit volunteermatch.org to search local organizations and volunteer opportunities.
4 Play tourist in
your own town.
Is there a landmark in your town that you've always wanted to visit? Or a museum you've never seen? Become tourists in your own home and finally check off one or two of those bucket list items you keep putting off. Get into the role by snapping tons of pictures throughout the day.
5 Eat breakfast in
Whip up a delicious breakfast spread on Valentine's Day and enjoy it lounging in bed. It will be a nice change of pace from the usual morning hustle and bustle.
6 Go for a drive.
No destination? No problem. All you need for this fun Valentine's Day activity is a sense of adventure and a full tank of gas! You'll both get out of your comfort zones while you explore new terrain. There's no telling what you might stumble across.
7 Enjoy a wine and chocolate tasting. (one of my favorites)
Wine and chocolate: Both delicious on their own, but even better together!
8 Write love letters
to each other.
If you've never done it before, now's the time to put in writing why your partner is so special to you. Tell them which of their qualities you most admire, how they make you feel, and why you fell in love with them.
9 Take a bath.
For a bubble bath worthy of a honeymoon suite, surround the tub with candles, sprinkle rose petals in the water, and set a tray of chocolate-covered strawberries and a bottle of Champagne within arm's reach.
10 Practice yoga together.
Enjoy some Zen time together while stretching and breathing in sync.
11 Give each other a massage.
Grab a bottle of body oil, set the mood with candles and relaxing background music, and give your partner at least 30 minutes of massage therapy. They can thank you by returning the favor.
12 Make a bucket list.
Spend the day coming up with a bucket list of everything you'd like to do together—from romantic vacations to take to new activities to try to concerts you want to see—then spend Valentine's Day making plans to start checking things off.
You can celebrate love all 365 days of the year, but it’s always nice to do a little something extra to commemorate your partner on Valentine’s Day. Of course, you can buy chocolates, flowers and gifts — but few things are more romantic to. Being honest about what you both need in a relationship is really impotant in a ensuring that it flourishes and is not left to flounder. Comunication is the KEY.
So, whatever you are doing this valentine´s Day, try to ensure it involves one-on-one tme together... and make sure you leave your phone behind!!By Keilley Lee Marques