Here are 20 Valentine’s Day date idea for $20 or less that are fun and will allow you to celebrate without blowing your budget.
Are you celebrating Valentine’s Day this year on a budget? Many people are! But the good news is, you can still have a fantastic time this Valentine’s Day without breaking the bank. Take a look at these 20 Valentine’s Day date night ideas for $20 or less. Who knew that for just $20 you could have a Valentine’s Day to remember? Here are some great ideas to get you started!
20 Valentine’s Day Date Ideas for $20 or Less
1. Take in a matinee and dessert.
A matinee movie at most theaters costs about $5-$6 a ticket. Enjoy an afternoon flick and that still leaves you $8-$10 for coffee and a shared dessert after. Opt for a fun local diner with great prices where you get bottomless coffee and homemade treats.
2. Try your hand at bowling.
Two can easily bowl with shoe rental for under $20. You will even have a few bucks left over for sodas and a snack or two.
3. Have a relaxing spa night.
Both men and women can enjoy spa night! Go to the dollar store for fun and fragrant face masks, hand lotions, oils, manicure supplies, and candles. Have fun giving each other manicures and skin treatments.
4. Create your own pizza restaurant!
Head to the grocery store and grab a pizza crust, sauce, cheese, and some toppings. You can easily create a homemade pizza in your own kitchen for under $20. With the extra few dollars left over, grab some tapered candles and red checkered tablecloth at your local dollar store.
5. Do appetizers and a free wine tasting.
Find a free wine tasting in your area. Once you enjoy that, head to a local eatery for appetizers and chit-chat. You can always split a few $6 and under appetizers and still have money left for soft drinks, tax, and gratuity.
6. Create your own home movie theatre.
Get some Redbox rentals and dollar store snacks. You can even get microwave popcorn and the whimsical popcorn bowls the dollar store sells. Turn off the lights, gather your snacks, and let the movie play. Even buying two movies at $1.20 each, that still leaves you $17 to spend on snacks!
7. Take in lunch and a free concert.
Find a free concert in your area. Community colleges and community centers are the perfect places to look for these. Have lunch before at a small diner or bistro with reasonable prices. A soup and salad combo for under $8 per person is perfect. That still leaves a little extra for tax and gratuity.
8. Have a Barnes and Noble Date.
Head to your local Barnes & Noble for a date. Enjoy checking out the books, and taking peeks at the new releases. Sit in one of the overstuffed chairs as you comb through the books you would love to have. Grab coffee and dessert at the B&N cafe, and even take in a free author event or book reading while you are there. If money remains, take home a small journal, bookmark, or discounted book for yourselves.
9. Make your own Sock Hop!
Silly? Maybe. Create your own 1950’s diner at home. Make hot dogs, french fries, and of course ice cream cones. Turn on the 50’s music courtesy of Pandora, and enjoy a little dancing after. Perfect!
10. Pack a lunch and go on an adventure.
Pack a lunch of sandwiches, fruit, and chips and head out on an adventure. You can visit a local state or county park for just a few dollars admission, and have a park lunch outdoors. Or, use one of their shelters. This is a budget-friendly way to dine together in a fun, informal setting.
11. DIY Massages.
A couples massage can cost upwards of $200 but do your own and you can save big bucks. Get a book that teaches massage techniques at your local library. You can then get scented oils from your dollar store. Enjoy trying out the techniques, and then finish off your session with a fruit plate. Your total cost for this fantastic time is around $2 for the oils, and $16-$18 on fruit, water, and cheese. Perfect!
12. Go to a comedy club.
Most comedy clubs give women free admission or offer a B1G1 free deal. They also may offer Groupon deals. Find one of these offers so you can get tickets for less than $10 each and go have a great time! Do drinks at home prior to going, or enjoy them when you return.
13. Mini Golf!
Mini golf is so fun and super inexpensive. Enjoy a round together and finish off with ice cream after.
14. Create a scavenger hunt.
Create a scavenger hunt for your valentine. Leave notes in various places around the house, yard, or even town if you are so adventurous. Create 10-12 locations and leave dollar store goodies (gum, mints, lotion, snacks) as a gift at each.
15. Visit the arcade.
Feel like teenagers again when you visit a local arcade. Share some games together, compete in air hockey, and try your hand at the claw machine. $20 is sure to last you for quite awhile!
16. Make your own taco bar.
Gather all of the fixings for a taco bar and enjoy it right in your own kitchen. Ground beef, shells, seasonings, tomatoes, cheese, beans, and more can all be found for under $20. Use what you have left to make your own fiesta colored banners. You might even be able to find a sombrero for cheap at your local thrift store.
17. Have card game night.
Set up a table with a festive tablecloth, candles, and lots of snacks. Grab a deck of cards and have a competitive card game night! You can even add board games into the mix if you wish.
18. Dance the night away.
Hit up a restaurant or pub that has a DJ and dance the night away! Opt for a spot that doesn’t have a cover charge. Enjoy a homemade dinner before you go and that leaves you $20 for a few drinks or appetizer.
19. Cheer on your team!
Head to a local game and cheer on your team. Typically community colleges and high schools have reasonable admissions. Plus you will have enough left over for some drinks or snacks.
20. Paint your own pottery.
There are many paint your own pottery places that allow you to get creative together. Check one of these shops out. You can each pick a piece to paint for $10 or less and enjoy getting creative together.
Give these 20 Valentine’s Day dates for $20 or less a try and see how frugal the 14th of February can really be.