Valentine’s Day On A Budget

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Being on a budget doesn’t mean that you can’t celebrate Valentine’s day, there are lots of little things you can do, some that won’t even cost you a penny. We love celebrating seasonal occasions like Valentine’s day and we like to focus on experiences rather than physical gifts. I would much rather have a nice memory than another trinket gathering dust on a shelf.

If, like us, you have kids and find childcare tricky to organise at the best of times, celebrating at home might be your only option. I’ve come up with a few budget-friendly ways to celebrate Valentine’s day at home.

Frugal Ways To Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day On A Budget


The Sacred Gift Of A Lie-in

A lie-in is like the holy grail of parenting little ones, we mourn its loss and wonder if it will ever happen again. We berate ourselves for not appreciating it while we had the luxury. It would be a lovely gesture if you could offer to take it in turns to have a lie in over Valentine’s weekend, totally guilt-free.

You could go one better and take it turns to make breakfast in bed for each other too.

green mug with steam coming out

Cinema At Home

Going to the cinema isn’t a cheap date anymore, it involves a second mortgage, a babysitter and taking a huge bag to sneak your bargain goodies from the supermarket in (oh, is that just me ?). It can also involve a very numb bum or falling asleep if you are a sleep-deprived parent and then cursing the money you’ve wasted.

There are so many rents at home movie websites now. You have the paid subscription ones like Netflix and Now TV or movie rental services that have some of the latest releases on like Google Play. It costs around £4 to rent a movie unless you want HD and they are usually available for 48 hours which is great if you do drop off to sleep during the action.

You can make some yummy snacks, like popcorn or nachos, the aroma will make you feel like you are really at the cinema. The beauty of watching at home means no buttock numbing seats or annoying tall people who always sit right in front of you (oh, that’s just me again!) plus you won’t miss any of the films if you need a toilet break.

Posh Valentine’s Day Grub For Less 

If you can stretch your budget a little further you could enjoy a nice three-course meal with wine and chocolates in the comfort of your own dining room for £20 or under. You could even keep your pyjamas on if you like.

Most supermarkets have followed suit of the Marks & Spencer ‘dine in for two’ offer. This type of offer is available year-round but I’ve seen quite a few tempting Valentine’s Day offers this year. You would definitely spend more than that by eating out at a restaurant and you will be saving the cost of transport and the need for a babysitter.

flat lay of spaghetti bolognese Valentine's meal

Switch Off

Wouldn’t it be nice to just concentrate on each other for an evening with no distractions like the TV, Facebook, Candy Crush and the other endless list of time and attention thieves? You could talk, cook a meal together or play a board game. As this is a family blog I will leave the other alternatives up to your imagination but you get my point, a whole evening of just focusing on each other as a couple.







  1. Old Fashioned Susie
    February 13th 2015 / 6:06 PM

    Yes a lie in IS the greatest gift!!

    • February 12th 2019 / 12:32 PM

      It would be lovely wouldn’t it. It’s definitely top of my list of gifts I would love to receive.

  2. MissPond
    February 13th 2015 / 6:06 PM

    Great ideas for not just valentine's day either 🙂 I think these would all make great mid week date nights!

    • February 12th 2019 / 12:39 PM

      Yes! we have used some of the ideas for date nights too. Treating each other doesn’t have to be expensive at all.

  3. February 6th 2019 / 5:58 PM

    We have dropped going to the cinema for dvds. Hubby generally talks over the films anyway. #mmbc

    • February 12th 2019 / 12:44 PM

      It’s much more comfier at home anyway isn’t it. You don’t have to worry about finding a sitter either which is a huge bonus.

  4. February 7th 2019 / 7:26 PM

    Some great ideas Angela, and perfect if you have little ones and you can’t get a sitter. We used to celebrate it more when they were little, and we don’t tend to bother now. We have been together nearly 20 years though lol x

    • February 12th 2019 / 12:48 PM

      I know what you mean Tracey, I don’t think my two would let us forget to celebrate !

  5. February 10th 2019 / 3:23 PM

    Fab ideas Angela! We do the home cinema nights regularly.
    Now the lie in sounds like bloody heaven! x

    Thanks for sharing with #MMBC. 🙂

    • February 12th 2019 / 12:49 PM

      A lie in would be bliss wouldn’t it! we love movie nights although we don’t always agree on what to watch.

  6. February 11th 2019 / 1:10 PM

    What’s a lie in?!

    Have a lovely Valentines Day however you celebrate. I’m planning to cook my husband a nice meal and Love Actually is also on the menu 🙂


    • February 12th 2019 / 12:50 PM

      That sounds lovely, we love that movie too it’s such a feel good romance isn’t it.

  7. February 11th 2019 / 1:48 PM

    Great ideas! Pinned and shared #MMBC

    • February 12th 2019 / 12:54 PM

      Thanks so much Carol! I love thinking of ways to celebrate these occasions on a budget.

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