They say that money can’t buy you love, which is a good thing if you’re on a tight budget. Just because Valentine’s Day is supposed to be special, doesn’t mean that you have to spend a fortune to make some memories. There are plenty of cheap Valentine’s Day date night ideas out there! Instead of shelling out hundreds of dollars on an expensive meal that will probably be difficult to get reservations for, or opting to stay at home in sweatpants and binge watch Netflix to save some money, find a happy medium with these Valentine’s Day dates that won’t break the bank:

8 Cheap Valentine’s Day Date Night Ideas

Go to the market.

As the weather gets warmer, flea markets and farmers markets will start popping up all over the country. Pick out some delicious fruits and veggies to make an inexpensive local meal later that night, try on silly hats together, or sort through the antique treasures in the flea market stalls. This is a great way to simply enjoy each other’s company while discovering new things you have in common (“You like cheese? I like cheese!”).

Related: How to Navigate a Farmers’ Market

Bike Around the City

Many cities across the United States offer bike share programs, which means for just a couple bucks you and your date can see your city in a way you never have before. Hop on a bike and explore new neighborhoods, try a quirky cafe or check out a local festival. In places like Atlanta, you can ride around the Beltline and enjoy great views. Don’t shy away from some physical activities and some wonderful sites.

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Have Date Night at Home

If you really want to save some dough, there’s no cheaper option than having date night at home. Cook up your better half’s favorite meal, light some candles, put away your smartphones, and have an actual conversation. If you’re feeling really fancy, hire a personal chef for the night and set the table like you would see it in a restaurant. After dinner, watch your favorite movie or give each other massages. For a more collaborative (and possibly even more romantic) evening, cook dinner together. You can even choose a culinary theme, such as “an evening in Italy,” and tailor your food, drink and movie choice to it. If dinner is too complicated, wake up early and treat each other to a Valentine’s Day breakfast.

Get in Touch With Your Agricultural Side

The two of you may not consider yourselves green-thumbed individuals, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get in touch with your agricultural side. If you’re looking for an inexpensive date idea, go pick some fruit! Head to an apple orchard in the fall, and pick some berries in the spring and summer (you can even sneak a few samples while you do it). After you pick your berries, make a sweet dessert. If picking berries doesn’t seem exciting, remember, grapes are a fruit and they make wine! Opt for a trip to a local vineyard or winery and take a tour. If you’re in the area, check out some of these Washington, D.C. Breweries. 

Explore the Outdoors

If you and your significant other love spending time outdoors, then we have some great cheap date ideas for you! You can go hiking in a national park, drive out to a field and gaze at the stars, or train for a race together. You may even be able to find some cheap kayak or canoe rentals in your town.

Do a Scavenger Hunt

This date requires a little more thought and planning, but it’s well worth it. Organize a scavenger hunt for your significant other that takes them to all of your favorite spots as a couple (or maybe some new places you’ve been dying to check out!). If you think this sounds like it will require a bit too much organization, check out Stray Boots—it does the heavy lifting for you.

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