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Valentine's Day on a budget

Read Skint Dad's top tips on how to make your Valentine's Day special regardless of budget.

It’s often said that ‘love doesn’t cost a thing’. However, according to research from Capital One in 2015, Brits were set to spend a staggering £1.6 billion on Valentine’s Day gifts. Each year the amount spent on Valentine’s Day increases, proving love isn’t as ‘free’ as the saying goes!

The good news is no matter what your budget, you can still make Valentine’s Day a special, romantic celebration of your love. Below you’ll discover my top budget-friendly tips.

Cook a romantic meal

Going out for a romantic meal is one of the most popular ways to celebrate Valentine’s day. However, it’s also one of the most expensive. Like any other special occasion, the prices at restaurants practically double on February 14th.

Cooking your own romantic meal is much cheaper and you could even turn it into a couple’s activity. Studies have shown cooking together can really help couples bond. Also, if it turns out to be a disaster you can both take the blame and have something to laugh about in years to come.

If cooking from scratch fills you with dread then don’t worry, supermarkets have you covered! In the run up to Valentine’s Day, you’ll find many supermarkets offer three course romantic ready-prepared meals for just £10-£15. They even throw in a bottle of wine.

Create your own card and gift

Valentine’s Day is about showing your love and what better way to do that than with your own handmade card and gift? Creating something from scratch means a lot more than a standard generic message.

If it comes from the heart, your loved one is going to treasure it forever. Love letters make a particularly great gift and can be given alongside a homemade jar of sweets. Take an empty glass jar, fill it with sweets and complete by tying a ribbon around it.

Whatever skills you have, there is always something you can create for your loved one. A DIY gift will be treasured much longer than a shop-bought present.

Save with online vouchers

Online discount Valentine’s Day vouchers are available from top sites such as You can save on everything from chocolates to flowers and even holidays. It really does pay to shop around.

You could also use vouchers to save money on dining out, or on hotel stays. Just be sure to check the terms and conditions before applying for one. There could be certain things excluded from the offer so it pays to understand exactly what the voucher entitles you to.

Enjoy free entertainment

If you want to get out of the house, there are plenty of free romantic things you can do. Art galleries, museums and libraries can all provide a romantic atmosphere, whilst allowing you to enjoy something a little different.

Depending upon where you live, you might also be able to find a free open-air theatre. Take a blanket and enjoy a night under the stars watching a romantic film.

Take advantage of late deals

If you really want to get away from it all, take a look at last minute UK breaks. You’ll be surprised how affordable a couple of nights away can be when you book via a last minute deal. Whisking your loved one away for a cheap weekend is also one of the most romantic things you can do.

Create love coupons/vouchers

There is no greater gift than promising to do something special for your loved one. Love coupons and vouchers are easy to create and they can include a wide variety of activities. For example, you could promise to run a bath, give a massage or take care of all the chores for a week.

Allow your loved one to cash in the vouchers with you whenever they want to. It’s a fun, romantic and creative idea that is sure to be a big hit.

Overall, Valentine’s Day can be expensive, but the six ideas above can help to save you a lot of money. Shopping around and thinking outside of the box can help to save you literally hundreds of pounds. You really don’t have to spend a fortune to show your love.