“To be rich is not what you have in your bank account, but what you have in your heart.”
If your heart is saying “filet mignon” and your bank account is saying “Ramen Noodles” – this one’s for you. Here are six CHEAP date night ideas for those of you whose hearts are full and wallets are empty.
Make Some Heat in the Kitchen
Everyone’s gotta eat. You don’t have to splurge on an overpriced, fancy restaurant meal just because society tells you to. Here are a ton of budget friendly recipes using Ramen Noodles that won’t make you feel like a 20-year-old in a dorm room (although who wouldn’t love to go back there right now, amiright?
Play a Love Game
A little friendly competition is good for the soul, right? Learn a new card game together or throwback to the ‘90s with an old game you find at the nearest flea market.
Flicks and Forts
Netflix is always a good source for cheap, endless fun – but if Netflix is a stretch to your budget, Google “Free Redbox Codes” (you’re welcome). Make yourself a little love shack under a blanket fort and you’ve got a romantic makeshift movie date.
Even if you don’t have a crafty bone in your body, no one else needs to ever see your masterpieces. You can find tons of online tutorials to help you make something that interests you. Whether it’s home décor, self-portraits or paint-by-numbers – taking some time to express yourselves creatively may help you discover something new about your partner. Who knows, you might find a talent you never knew you had!
Don’t be Knotty
Sometimes you need to remind yourself to just relax. While professional massages aren’t in everyone’s budget, I’m pretty sure they are included in most marriage vows, or at least they should be. Turn down the lights, light some candles, splurge for some soothing lotion or massage oil and take turns massaging away those aches and pains from the stress you may have accidentally caused.
Make a Day of it
*Disclaimer: I am not liable for any repercussions that come from following this date.
You and your partner wake up the morning of Valentine’s Day feeling a little under the weather so you both call in sick like responsible adults. Then you both make a miraculous recovery! It’s too late to go back to work. Might as well make the most of it. Spend the entire day avoiding the outside world and talking like teenagers. Stay in bed all day if you have to, order takeout, or listen to your old mixed tapes from high school. Sometimes you just a need a mental health day.
It doesn’t matter how much money you spend, the important thing to do this Valentine’s Day is take some time to express your feelings and remind your significant other how much they mean to you. Shut off your phones, pour some wine and share some love.