Are you looking for some FREE Valentine’s Day Date Ideas? I think it’s safe to say that last year was pretty tough on all of us. However, life doesn’t stop just because times are rough and money is tight. So what do you do when Valentine’s Day is coming up quickly and you want to make a good impression on your sweetie or just show a little love—but your bank account isn’t exactly ready for a big, extravagant gesture? In short, you get creative!
Free Valentine’s Day Date Ideas
Take a look at the list below for 10 ideas for free things to do for a memorable Valentine’s Day with your special person.
Pantry Clean-Out Cooking Contest
Do you have food that’s been in your pantry for a long time that you just don’t know what to do with, but you don’t want it to go to waste? If so, challenge your sweetie to a pantry clean-out cooking contest! Each of you grab several items from the pantry and together, cook up different dishes out of the odds and ends. The person with the tastiest dish wins! Who knows, you might end up creating something wonderful.
Visit a Local Animal Shelter
What’s better in the chill of winter than snuggling a cute, furry animal? So many pets don’t get enough love and attention, and the shelters are full of cute little balls of fluff just wanting someone to give them a little love and care. Consider volunteering at a local animal shelter. You never know, you might end up bringing home a new friend!
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Make Your Own Valentine Cards
How fun would it be to surprise each other with handmade Valentine’s Day Cards? Don’t have a lot of craft supplies on hand? Don’t worry about that, just use anything you can find from around the house. Got some old magazines lying around? How about cereal boxes? You could even throw it back to kindergarten and glue on some macaroni if the inspiration strikes you. It’ll be a fun, bonding activity to do together.
Have a “Coffee Shop” Night
Want to feel like you’re going on a cozy date, without ever leaving the house? Have a “coffee shop” night by pretending it’s the pre-internet age, and make a cup of coffee, light a candle or the fireplace, and curl up together with a good book or two. Enjoy each other’s company as you read either silently or to each other.
This is an “oldie but a goodie.” Game nights are a pretty tried and true way to spend time with your loved ones, so grab your significant other and any games you have laying around the house. Card games? Bring them. Board games? Check. If you’re feeling especially brave, snag that old edition of Monopoly (but only if you know your relationship is strong enough to handle it).
Camp Out at Home
Do you enjoy camping, but don’t want to brave the February weather? Have a camp-out in your living room! Spread out your sleeping bags and get cozy together under the light of some flashlights and the fireplace (if you have one!). It could make for a fun and snuggly date night!
Bake Valentine Cookies
Few things say Valentine’s Day like baked desserts and sweets! Got some baking supplies lying around and a few hours at your disposal? If so, you and your love should get into the kitchen and start making special Valentine’s Day cookies to celebrate the occasion. Not only is it fun, but it’s also delicious!
Go to the Gym
Already got a gym membership? Use it as an impromptu date night! Sure, it’s not exactly romantic, but there are few better feelings than the endorphins you get after a good work out. And you know what they say: couples who work out together stay together!
Go to a Museum
This is always a favorite frugal choice since many museums have free admission. Look up free museums in your area, or for a little extra adventure, search a nearby city within an easy driving distance and see what they have to offer.
Go for a Picnic!
Hear me out on this one. I know February is usually too cold for anything outdoorsy, but depending on where you live the weather might be fair enough with just enough sunshine to make it a pleasant experience in a park somewhere. If it’s just a bit too chilly, do it at home on the floor in the living room, or even in your car! Fill up your reusable water bottle, make some sandwiches, and enjoy.