Dining at home instead of eating out, making your own cards and buying prosecco rather than champagne are just some of the ways you can save money this Valentine’s Day or simply trying to be funny this year and buy a funny Valentine’s Day gift?
The penny-pinching gurus from PromotionalCodes.org.uk have put together a list of ways you can enjoy 14th Feburary with your loved one without breaking the bank.
They recommend organising fun things to do at home, like a home-spa day for yourself and your lover, or a stay-at-home cocktail night.
They also recommend making your own chocolates and buying red roses at supermarkets to save money.
Darren Williams from PromotionalCodes.org.uk said: “Valentine’s Day is a special day for all couples, but you don’t have to splash the cash in order to have a romantic evening with your partner.
“You can save a lot of money by staying in rather than going out. But just because you’re having an evening in does not mean it has to be boring.
“By following our top tips, you can organise a fun night in with your partner that won’t break the bank.”
Here are the site’s money-saving Valentine’s Day ideas:
- Dine in at home instead of eating out
Save a bit of money this Valentine’s day and opt for dinner at home rather than eating out. Cooking a three-course meal with a bottle of wine will cost far less than dining at a restaurant. You can even pick out a menu that will suit yours and your partner’s taste buds down to a T.
- Spa day
Booking a spa day for yourself and your partner will set you back anything between £40-£250. But if you don’t want to spend this kind of money, why not put together a home-spa day for yourself and your partner instead? Buy some massage oils and bath bombs and get relaxed for far less money.
A cinema date for two with popcorn and drinks in a UK cinema will cost you around £40. Instead of forking out over-priced cinema costs, instead, why not have a movie night in with your other half? Buy or cook some popcorn, make a drink and stick a film on that neither of you have seen before.
- Cocktail night
Taking your lover out for cocktails will set you back a lot of money, especially on Valentine’s Day when the offers may not be that great. A stay-at-home cocktail night won’t break the bank. Buy a cocktail recipe book or use YouTube videos to help you concoct some delicious drinks.
Most people can’t tell the good champagne from the bad, so why bother? Refrain from buying it for your partner and instead, opt for a bottle of prosecco, just as delicious and a fraction of the cost.
- Stay at home city break
Instead of forking out for a weekend city break for yourself and your partner, why not explore the place you live in? Every town has history and a lot of it you probably didn’t know about. Get together and go for a walk, or visit your local castle or cathedral. It’ll save you money and you may learn a thing or two.
- Homemade chocolates
A box of chocolates will set you back from anything between £10-£50. An alternative option that can end up saving you money on your partner this Valentine’s Day, is by making your own. DIY truffles can cost just £3 and can be just as delicious as expensive shop-bought ones..
- Romantic picnic
A romantic picnic in the park is not only cheaper than going out to a restaurant, but it is also a great way to get outside in the fresh air. Make up some picnic treats such as cakes and sandwiches, and get a flask of hot chocolate and spend the day strolling around with your loved one.
- Red roses
Whilst red roses are a Valentine’s Day tradition, don’t be fooled into buying expensive ones from online retailers. These will only last a day or two because there are no refrigerators in delivery lorries. Instead, buy from supermarkets or warehouse stores, as these will be a lot fresher and also lower in cost.
This year, instead of buying a usual Valentine’s Day card, be different and make a homemade one for your partner. Get crafty, whilst saving money at the time. You can even make it more personable than the ones you buy at the store, by including a sweet couple photograph.