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5 Romantic Valentine's Day Date Ideas That Won't Blow Your Budget

Valentine's Day has become a highly commercialized holiday that promotes the buying of flowers, chocolates, greeting cards, fancy dinners and so on. If your heart is willing but your wallet isn't able, the expectations can make Valentine's Day experience more stressful than romantic.

Fortunately, there are a lot of fun and thoughtful ways to show that special someone you care without breaking the bank. Even if you're currently paying back a title loan and have a limited amount of money to work with, use these helpful ideas to make this Valentine's Day one to remember.

Dinner and a Movie

Dinner and a movie have always been a standard in the dating world and it's a formula that works well. That's because everyone needs to eat and we all enjoy a good movie. Now, there's an affordable way to do this and a really expensive way. Why not go the affordable way this time? Dinner and a movie at home is much cheaper and better than going out to a restaurant and theater.

At home, the two of you will have complete privacy and comfort that no public venue can offer. You don't even have to go fancy with the meal. Simply order in or get some carryout, then pick something to watch on Netflix. It may not be as fancy or extravagant as a night on the town, but you'll save a ton of money and still have a great night enjoying each other's company.

Spice Up Your Place

Instead of going out on the town, why not have the two of you spend a romantic evening at your place? It can be just as fun and exciting with the right setting and mood set up. Try cleaning up your place and adding a little bit of extra romantic ambiance to your living area.

All it takes is a few lit candles, dim lighting and adult beverages to really set the atmosphere for a romantic evening in with your significant other. Creating the right mood will make an evening in feel much more intimate, comfortable and relaxing than a night out ever could.

Make Dinner Together

This one is a no-brainer. If you want to have dinner with your loved one but don't have the cash to take them out, why not make dinner for the two of you at home? Better yet, have them help you out around the kitchen and turn the process of cooking dinner into something fun and romantic.

Take a wine tour

A wine tour is a fun, affordable and romantic way to spend an afternoon with your special someone. Some local wineries charge as little as $5 to join their tour and do a tasting. However, if wine isn't your thing, there are usually local breweries that offer tours as well that are just as fun and affordable.

See a Matinee

You don't have to go a late-night showing to have fun together. The inside of a theater looks the same during the day as it does at night and the ticket prices are much cheaper during the daytime showings. You could use the money you saved on the ticket to buy some candy.

Speaking of which, it's a better idea to smuggle in candy you bought at the store than to face the high prices at the concession counter. Stop at the dollar store on your way to the movies and get the exact same snacks at a fraction of the cost.

Now that you have these easy tips for an affordable, romantic and fun-filled evening for you and your special someone, get ready for a lovely Valentine's Day at your place.