10 Cheap Date Ideas for Valentine's Day

Romantics of the world, rejoice, for Valentine's Day is approaching! For some, Valentine's Day is a day where couples get to remind one another for their love and commitment. For others, it's another day you feel forced to get some overpriced roses that will die in a week.

No matter where you stand, one thing is for sure, you do not have to spend an extravagant amount of money to show someone you care. Heck, you don't even need to splurge on a sitter for the kids! Here are my top 10 frugal date night ideas for Valentine's day or any date night.

1. Dinner at Home
This one is usually our favorite. We wait for the kids to fall asleep and cook our dinner together. For the price of one of our dinner's out, we can make steak and veggies at home. Make it as simple or fancy as you want. Get a fun tablecloth, candles, or simply focus on one another.

2. Movie Night
This is another one we love to do together. We wait until our boys are in bed and turn on a movie or documentary we've been wanting to see together. We usually pull something from a streaming service like Netflix or Prime, but you could also rent something for much cheaper than you'd be paying to see at the theater! As parents, we're usually behind on blockbusters anyways. We pop some popcorn or pull out some wine and cuddle up on the couch.

3. A Walk to Remember
I love taking a walk with my husband and catching up at the end of the day. This doesn't have to just be a walk though. Now that we live out in the country, our walks have turned into chatting on our porch swing. NOTHING is more relaxing than feeling the cool breeze, listening to the quiet, and looking at the stars with your loved one. Live in a super cold climate? Try grabbing a hot tea and a big cozy blanket and get super snuggly!

4. Thrift Store Shopping
My husband and I love thrift store shopping together. Whether it's getting new clothes for the kids, ourselves, or simply just sifting through what the store has, we love checking out our local thrift stores and spending our time chatting and being silly. If you don't need anything specific, try a thrift store challenge. Give yourselves $10 and see who can come up with the best, weirdest, or ugliest outfit for one another!

5. Game Night
This one is my personal favorite, although my husband isn't always game. (ha, get it...) We have several board games in our collection and I adore playing one with my husband for a few hours after our kiddos go to sleep. We laugh, get competitive, and spend one-on-one time together. We've also been known to play a video game together, like Sims 4. Whatever games you like, pull them out for a fun evening!

6. Window Shop
While I don't normally condone window shopping, my husband and I love strolling aisles and dreaming together. I'm talking Target, Bass Pro Shop, etc. Be careful, as you have to be leary about buying something you don't need, but if grandma has the kids for a few hours and you're looking to get out of the house, this can be fun and free!

7. Lunch Date
If you do want to eat out, consider lunch instead of dinner, as it's usually cheaper and may even have a lunch menu. My husband and I have a few favorite places we like to go where we can both eat for about $25 or less including tip. Find a coupon, get a groupon, order water, split a meal, whatever you need to do to make it affordable for you.

8. Coffee House Vibes
Drinking coffee from a coffee shop is a treat for us. I have stopped drinking coffee daily and my husband only has a cup at home. So, grabbing a cup at the local coffee house and chatting for a bit is a great and fairly frugal idea.

9. Go On A Brewery Tour
We live in bourbon country, so it's super easy for us to take a tour of the facilities in our city. Most are free to tour or fairly inexpensive. Don't have one close to tour? Consider heading to the liquor store and grabbing a favorite item or something new to try. It may not be free, but it's certainly going to be cheaper than going to a bar or grabbing alcohol with dinner. Play a drinking game at home or try your new beverage while playing a board game at home.

10. Spice It Up
Dear Lord, I hope my mother-in-law isn't reading this right now, but the most fun of all date nights and the absolute cheapest, if a baby isn't conceived, is getting down to business with your husband. Find a naughty game on the internet. Role play. I don't know what you're into, Susan, and I'm not judging, but I am giving you permission to be a little crazy and try something new to change it up a bit and make this date night a bit different than normal!

Most of these can be done in unison. We rarely just do one of them. We may grab a coffee and spend an hour sifting through books at the bookstore. We may grab lunch and spend an hour on the walking bridge. Get creative, find things you love to do together, and make the most of your time and budget! For a bit of extra fun, throw all these on separate sheets of paper. Put them in a hat and draw one at random!

There you have it. 10 Frugal Date Night Ideas! Personally, dinner and a movie at home is usually our go to! What's yours? Are you going to be trying any of these? Let me know in the comments!