But what if you are dating or married to a woman who values experience more than gifts? Then you, sir, need to plan a date.
No, I'm not talking the typical Valentine's Day dinner at some expensive restaurant. I'm talking unique and fun ideas to make this Valentine's Day super special.
Before we talk about those, I want you to think about what are the qualities of a great date:
A time blocked off for quality time for you two
A fun experience
An enriching experience
Something memorable (in a good way)
That's it. Those four points make for a great date. Cost is not a major factor, especially when you've been dating or married for some time.
Beyond those parameters, there exists a huge variety of experiences that can be classified as dates, and a lot of them are fairly cheap (or even FREE!) Here are just a few ideas for a romantic and memorable Valentine's Day experience.
-Go to a used bookstore and find the weirdest/funniest/or coolest book to read together
-Instead of going to dinner, meet up for breakfast
-Visit a library together:
(Libraries often have events and courses they offer to the community, many of which are cheap or even free. Visit your library's website for more details)
-Paint Night/ Painting with a Twist
-Visit historical sites
-Gym/ Workout date
-Visit an art show
-Cook a new recipe together
-Visit an open house
-Have an ice cream / hot chocolate date
-Enroll in a class at your local community center
-Go to an arcade together
-Have an indoor picnic
-Attend a free auction
-Go to happy hour together
-Visit museums on their free/discount day
-Go on a IKEA date
-Take a dance class
-Attend a lecture
-Go roller skating
-Have a Board game night
-Attend a trivia night
-Check out a local band together
-Attend a home improvement class
-Have a bake off
-Attend a book or poetry reading
What are some of your ideas for a frugal Valentine's Day? Comment below!