Valentine’s Day date ideas that do not have to break the bank for you

By Jodi Guglielmi, A&E Editor

February 6, 2013

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, which means the perfect date planning time is limited. While everyone wants to impress his or her significant other, it can be hard to go all out while on a college budget. Between groceries and weekend activities alone, finding the extra cash to splurge with for date night is no easy task. To solve all of your Valentine’s Day financial blues, here are three date ideas that won’t break the bank and will keep your date as happy as a 5-star restaurant:


  1. Picnic in the park: Not only is it more intimate than a crowded restaurant, but you get to spend time outdoors as well. Having the freedom to go to the grocery store and pick out the food yourself gives you the power to determine how much you want to spend. Not to mention, you don’t have to leave a tip at the grocery store! Grab a blanket and enjoy spending the day or evening under the sky getting to spend quality times with your significant other. They will love the effort you put into the date no matter how little it costs.
  2. Movie night at home: Show your date that you pay attention to them by picking out a few of their favorite movies to watch for the night. They will appreciate that you were taking their interests into consideration when planning the night. You also don’t have to spend the night quietly sitting next to each other. One of the perks of watching the movie in your own home is that you can talk and laugh through the entire thing if you want! Since your movie date virtually costs nothing, you do have the liberty to spend a little bit of money on flowers or something sweet. Throw in some Ben & Jerry’s and chances are, you’ll have their heart.
  3. Scavenger hunt: If you’ve already decided on the perfect present but the present breaks your budget, try setting up a scavenger hunt. Leave notes with clues on them to lead your date to their present. The suspense will drive your date crazy and make them even more excited to find the final gift. Your date will love the creativity. Who doesn’t like to play games? This date idea will show how creative you can be and how much you really care.

Valentine’s Day is about celebrating the love you have for someone, so no matter what date idea you choose or how much money you spend, as long as you show the person you care, your Valentine’s Day will be a success.