Valentine’s Day sure can be an expensive holiday! Cards, flowers, chocolates, teddy bears, dinner out… It can add up quickly. Never fear though, I’m as frugal as they come, and always on the lookout for the best deal. Say, “I love you” for less and up the romance factor with these frugal yet thoughtful Valentine’s Day gift ideas.

Get creative when it comes to dinner. Is it really necessary to drop $100.00 + on a romantic dinner out? Why not make it even more special and have a nice candlelit dinner at home? Pull out your good china, a pretty tablecloth, and light some candles. Dim the lights and you have the perfect romantic atmosphere.

Enjoy some ambiance. If you both really want to go out together, you could have dinner at home, then go out for a special dessert or drinks afterwards. That way you can savor the atmosphere, without emptying your wallet.

Check out Valentine Specials. Still have your heart set on eating out? Then keep an eye out for coupons, deals and specials in your area. Look for them in the newspaper in the weeks leading up to Valentine’s day.

Give a thoughtful gift. Instead of buying an expensive piece of jewelry or gift, why not make them something from the heart, such as a cake or cookies, or even a homemade coupon book. You could offer to run errands for your loved one, make a nice dinner, clean the house, repair the car or give a massage.

Flowers. If you have your heart set on giving roses, many grocery stores offer a dozen roses for $20.00 or less. Some offer them as low as $10! Keep in mind that you don’t have to buy roses. There are beautiful mixed flower bouquets available at grocery stores for $12 or less. Or how about a rose plant? Cut roses are nice, but they don’t last long. Give your sweetie a rose plant instead, and your gift will be enjoyed on Valentine’s Day and for many years to come.

Cards. Get together with your kids and make cards! They’re a fun activity to do together and a very thoughtful gift. If you already have arts and crafts materials around from previous projects then they’re free!

Homemade Candy: Forget those expensive store-bought chocolates and make your own. Check out my Pinterest Valentine board for some inspiration.

Be sure to check out my past Frugal Tips as well!


April is a dedicated wife and mother of five, as well as Mamaw to two adorable grandbabies. She resides in Southern Indiana, along with her husband Joe and their daughter Melissa, and enjoys the quite life on their 3 acre homestead. She enjoys blogging about her adventures in frugal and healthy, grain-free cooking, gardening, household tips, and her family. April is also the owner and writer of The Secret Recipe Club, the fun Secret Santa of the food blog world.

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7 thoughts on “Frugal Valentine Ideas

  1. We try to go out to dinner around V-Day but money’s a bit tight these days. Like the idea of just stepping out for a drink and then having a nice dinner at home!


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