10 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day When You’re Broke

January 31, 2018


Illustration by Tasha Turner.

Oh, Valentine’s Day — the day where lovers show their partner how much they care for one another by breaking the bank.

I love expensive chocolate as much as the next person, but why must couples spend hundreds on roses to show they love each other? 

Money doesn’t determine your love for someone. After all, broke people fall in love, too.

Here are 10 ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day if you’re broke:


  • A Handmade Card


You don’t have to be artistic to make someone a homemade card. It’s easy and way more meaningful than a store-bought card. Simply fold a piece of paper in half and decorate how you see fit.


  • A Fire Playlist


Not a DJ? No problem! Just gather a few songs that you know your partner would enjoy, cuddle up next to one another and listen to the playlist.


  • Redbox Movie Night


Have $1.50 to spend? Rent a movie you both want to see and spend the night watching a movie together.


  • Dollar Store Balloons


Why buy a cute $10 balloon when you could buy 10 balloons for the same amount? Nothing says I love you like a bouquet of balloons.


  • A Picnic


Picnics can be super romantic! Just prepare a couple of sandwiches, pack a blanket and find the perfect park to enjoy an outside lunch.


  • Vons Flowers


You don’t have to get your partner those expensive roses. Trust me when I say they will be just as happy with flowers from Vons.  After all, the flowers are going to die eventually; what does it matter where you bought them from?


  • Bake Together


If you have around $5 to spare, you can bake a cake together. It’ll be lots of fun to create something together and the best part is you get to eat it afterwards!


  • Brag About Your Lover on Social Media


Who doesn’t like to be shown public appreciation? It might annoy your friends, but if it makes your partner happy, it’s worth it.


  • Give Yourself


Let’s not beat around the bush, it’s the easiest way to make your partner happy. Put on your sexiest outfit and aim to please! You can even add some candles for that extra romance.


  • Saying, “I love you”


The cheapest and easiest way to make their day is to simply tell them how you feel.



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