Instead of making reservations at a restaurant, cook at home. You can make a gourmet meal for the fraction of what it would cost. Not into gourmet? No problem. Have a good ole’ fashioned picnic in front of the fireplace, if you have one. If you don’t have a fireplace, don’t worry. You can still enjoy the warmth of a picnic for two.
Giving back is a great way to spend Valentine’s Day. You can volunteer at a homeless shelter, soup kitchen, or at some other type of non-profit. Not only does giving back feel good, but you get to see how much you have to be grateful for. You’ll also learn that there’s more to Valentine’s Day than giving expensive flowers and jewelry. It’s a heart-centered holiday where a random act of kindness is the best gift to give.
3. Take a road trip.
Get in the car and take a road trip to somewhere you’ve never visited before in your city or area. Check out historic sites and dine at a country café. Stroll along a lazy river or have lunch in a park. Not only is a road trip a good way to see the sites in your hometown, but it gives you the opportunity to discuss your financial future with your partner.
4. Spend the day at the museum.
Most museums are free on the weekends. Spend the day at the art, history, science or whatever museum tickles your fancy. If you go to an art museum, for example, have fun guessing the value of the paintings. It’s a good way to get in to the mood to talk about your finances.
5. Celebrate the day before or after.
You don’t have to celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 14; you could celebrate before or after. In fact, it may be cheaper and less crowded to do so. Plus, you won’t have to fight the crowds or get frustrated trying to find a parking spot.
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