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25 Thrifty Ideas for Valentine's Day on a Budget

Take the "roam" out of "romance" with these cheap Valentine's Day ideas!

25 Thrifty Ideas for Valentines Day on a Budget

Have you been struck by Cupid's arrow? When love is in the air, it's easy to get carried away with your Valentine's Day spending. The expenses quickly add up on February 14th when you consider cards, gifts, dinner reservations, and decorations. This collection of ideas will keep your Valentine's Day on a budget, so you won't have to worry about the added expenses. From homemade recipes that will make you feel the love to cheap date ideas, you can treat your special someone to a fabulous day of love without overspending.

Valentine's Day is a time to celebrate your most loved individuals. Find DIY holiday ideas from home decor projects to love-inspired gifts in this collection that will ensure you have a cheap and cute Valentine's Day.

Cheap Date Ideas

Valentine's Day is all about romance, so don't fall into the standard dinner and a movie date. There are many ways to spend quality time with your significant other without breaking your budget. Create a lasting memory with an inexpensive date where your love, not the activity, is at the forefront. Here are some of our favorite cheap date night ideas:

  1. Drive Down Memory Lane. Revisit important locations in your relationship. Essential stops include your first date, your first kiss, and the first time you said, I love you." 
  2. Have a Picnic. Depending on the weather, you can hold an indoor or outdoor picnic with your favorite dishes that you cooked together.
  3. Hold a Spa Night. Treat yourselves to an at-home spa night with massages and face masks.
If you want more cheap date night ideas for Valentine's Day and beyond, check out our guide for 50 romantic ideas to fit your budget! 

Homemade Cards and Gifts

Nothing adds up faster on Valentine's Day than a gift that says, "I Love You." If you are on a budget, don't succumb to the standard February gifts of roses and high-end chocolates. You can make your own Valentine's Day gifts and cards that will be remembered long after your co-workers' roses have wilted.

1. Secret Message Felt Hearts

This easy sewing project will show your thoughtfulness while using felt scraps. These secret message hearts are perfect for a Valentine's Day scavenger hunt!

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Secret Message Felt Hearts

2. Quick Button Embellished Card

Skip the professional greeting card this year in favor of something more personal. This embellished card will be cherished for years to come.

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Quick Button Embellished Card

3. Perfect Fit Puzzle for Your Valentine

This puzzle is a great gift for the person who completes you! Decorate it with your favorite pictures and memories.

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Perfect Fit Puzzle for Your Valentine

4. Duct Tape Roses

Make flowers that will last all year out of duct tape! You'll pay significantly less than a real bouquet and make a loving keepsake.

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Duct Tape Roses

5. Yarn Wrapped Heart Valentine

This personal valentine is for the crafter in your life! These yarn-wrapped hearts make quick and thrifty valentines.

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Yarn Wrapped Heart Valentine

6. Bouquet of Candy Kisses

This bouquet of candy roses provides a quick, memorable gift using items commonly found at the dollar store. Your partner will appreciate the time and effort you put into making this delectable bouquet instead of phoning the florist.

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Bouquet of Candy Kisses

Valentine's Day Home Projects

Decorate your home to celebrate the day of love. These cheap decorations will add loving decor that can be used for Valentine's Day, anniversaries, or just to surprise your special someone!

7. "LOVE" DIY Valentine's Day Decoration

This piece of decor checks all of your DIY boxes: cheap, easy, quick, and reusable. You will feel the love with this decorative sign!

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"LOVE" DIY Valentine's Day Decoration

8. Wine Cork Heart

If you or your partner loves wine, this DIY cork heart will show your love for one another and your favorite beverage. Repurpose old wine corks for a cheap piece of decor!

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Wine Cork Heart

9. Junk Mail Heart Wreath

Make use of an endless resource: junk mail. This Valentine's Day craft turns your most hated clutter into your most loved decoration!

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Junk Mail Heart Wreath

10. Lovely Tin Can Table Luminary

Set the mood with your own tin can luminary project! A candlelight dinner has never looked so good.

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Lovely Tin Can Table Luminary

11. Conversation Candy Heart Picture

What do you do with those uneaten boxes of conversation hearts? Turn them into a piece of decor for your home or a handmade Valentine's Day card!

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Conversation Candy Heart Picture

Love-Inspired Recipes

Don't spend extra money on a Valentine's Day reservation. Book your favorite table: the kitchen table! February 14th is one of the most expensive nights to dine out, so why not get creative in the kitchen? These love-inspired dishes will fit your budget while adding romance to your special day. From breakfast-in-bed creations to indulgent desserts, you'll find the perfect recipe to spice up your Valentine's Day.

12. Red Velvet Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls

Nothing quite says decadence like red velvet. These cake mix cinnamon rolls will bring the romance first thing in the morning.

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Red Velvet Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls

13. Cannoli Stuffed French Toast

Cannoli for breakfast? Valentine's Day is all about sweetness which is why this stuffed french toast is the perfect main dish for your breakfast in bed. 

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Cannoli Stuffed French Toast

14. Coq au Vin (Chicken in Red Wine)

Is there anything more romantic than a glass of red wine? Use that wine to flavor your dinner with this French-inspired Coq au Vin!

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Coq au Vin (Chicken in Red Wine)

15. Lobster Ravioli in Lemon Butter with Saffron

Delicacies like lobster are acceptable splurges for special occasions. This lobster ravioli provides a rich and elegant dinner for you and your partner!

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Lobster Ravioli in Lemon Butter with Saffron

16. Rosemary-Crusted Rack of Lamb

Want to demonstrate your cooking prowess on Valentine's Day? This rosemary-crusted lamb is just the dish to show how skilled of a chef you are.

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Rosemary-Crusted Rack of Lamb

17. White Chocolate Cherry Truffles

When you've finished the main course, it's time for a delightful dessert to set the mood. These white chocolate truffles may be small but they pack big flavor!

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White Chocolate Cherry Truffles

18. Baked Apple Roses

Roses are a prominent symbol of Valentine's Day, so why don't you bring them to the dessert table? These baked apple roses are warm and comforting and provide a sweetness to finish any meal.

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Baked Apple Roses

19. Mini Chocolate Strawberry Lava Cakes

Many restaurants will have special couples' desserts on Valentine's Day. Make your own rich lava cakes with a flowing strawberry center that will fit your budget.

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Mini Chocolate Strawberry Lava Cakes

Valentine's Day Ideas for Kids

Valentine's Day isn't just for couples. Spread the love to your little ones with these Valentine's Day projects. These ideas range from toddler-level crafts to elementary school projects.

20. Silly Monster Valentine Box

If your child's school does a Valentine's Day party, they'll probably need their own valentine mailbox. This silly monster box recycles materials for a fun and free project!

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Silly Monster Valentine Box

21. Homemade Conversation Hearts Recipe

Your kids likely love receiving boxes of conversation hearts. This recipe will teach you how to make your own that can be flavored and personalized.

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Homemade Conversation Hearts Recipe

22. Mosaic Paper Heart

Spend your Valentine's Day crafting with the kids to make this piece of DIY decor. This mosaic is made of bits of paper and can take any shape your kids desire.

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Mosaic Paper Heart

23. Pom Pom Valentine Monsters

These cute monsters can be made in a matter of minutes by your children. Skip the store-bought cards and candy and hand out personalized pom poms to your child's class.

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Pom Pom Valentine Monsters

24. Flawless Fingerprint Frames

Let your kids get their fingers dirty with these flawless fingerprint frames! Add photos of your family and you'll have lovely decor that can be displayed all year.

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Flawless Fingerprint Frames

25. Finger Puppet Valentines

Let your child make personalized finger puppets for all of their friends. This easy paper craft will provide custom valentines for any Valentine's Day party.

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Finger Puppet Valentines

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