My husband and I actually like Valentine’s Day. Yeah, it may be a “Hallmark holiday”, but we like the reminder to just spend some time spoiling each other. And you aren’t forced to make it Hallmarky…
Our Free Valentine’s Day
Since Valentine’s this year is landing on a Friday, we are not even leaving the house. Too nutballs out there. We’ve decided to go cheap and stress-free.
First, we’ll be going to a sit-down restaurant on Thursday instead of Friday, and we’ll use the gift cards we still have leftover from Christmas. So we’ll be going to Chili’s, Macaroni Grill, or Papadeaux. We have enough on the gift cards to cover the entire meal. We usually end up catching each other up on how we’re feeling and joking around at restaurants, so that seems like a good goal. 🙂
Then we’ll head home and throw in the next two DVD’s of Downton Abbey that we’ll have from Netflix. We’re using a one-month free subscription to their 2-at-a-time DVD plan for all of February. Even though we used to have their DVD plan before it separated from the streaming-only plan, they are still letting us take advantage of trying it for free again. Check it out!
As for our selection of show, neither of us had seen Downton Abbey before…it never sounded that great to us. BUT, we started it last week and are both hooked. He likes the politics of it all and I’m rooting for my favorite staff in the house to be happy. Who would have known that a fake, British, wealthy family in the 1900’s could be so interesting? 🙂
We’re going to end the evening by trading off massages before bed. Yep, can’t go wrong with absolutely free time together just connecting.
Other Cheap or Free Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas
If you don’t have gift cards or Netflix, here are some other cheap or free Valentine’s Day ideas:
- Picnics (indoor picnic away from the kitchen if the weather sucks)
- Board Games or card games
- Video Games with two controllers
- Movie night at home. Either snack on what you already have or splurge $4 on some popcorn at the grocery store.
- Walk in free parks. We have a free botanical garden 10 minutes away.
- Enjoy an activity. We like Disc Golf and already have discs and there are free courses all over the place. But you may each enjoy something else like hiking, bike riding, bird watching, star gazing, etc. Heck, hug your inner child and see if hide-and-seek, freeze tag, or even dodge ball with your friends still seems as amazingly fun as it was before…
- Make s’mores over a fire
- Take advantage of your jet tub together (or your hot tub). Not everyone has one, but people who do sometimes forget to enjoy them…
- Go to a local karaoke night
Honestly, it doesn’t have to cost a fortune to celebrate a relationship. If you aren’t in a romantic relationship, do some of this stuff with other friends in the same position. A single’s party for Valentine’s can kick butt if everyone is in the mood for fun. The overall point is to simply have a great time. This can be for Valentine’s Day or ANY day. Just have fun!
What are you doing for Valentine’s Day or just for fun?
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