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7 Fun and Cheap Ideas for Valentine's Day

Looking forward to celebrating Valentine's Day with someone special? The thought of spending time with a loved one may sound like a great idea, but if you are on a budget, the reality of pulling off a romantic evening together may not seem financially possible.

When you think of Valentine's Day, you probably think of flowers, fine dining, and chocolate hearts. Those are some of the more traditional ways of celebrating the holiday, but they aren't the only ways that you can celebrate your love. There are several low-cost ways to have the romantic evening you want. The key is to be original, so get those creative juices flowing.

If you don't have a creative bone in your body, then take a look below for some fun and cheap ideas for celebrating Valentine's Day on a limited budget this year.

Dine In

Avoid the over-priced and crowded restaurants and plan a romantic dinner for two at home. There are many great meals that you can prepare that will impress that special someone without breaking the bank. Pasta is always an excellent choice and very low in price. Or you can make a dinner packed with protein, like a nice filet mignon or fish. It may be more expensive than pasta, but check out what sales or coupons your local supermarket or fish market have running. A cozy candlelight meal at home could be just the romantic night your loved one is expecting.

Bake Off

Some couples enjoy a little competition. If you are the type that likes to stay active and has a healthy appetite for a little friendly competition, then select a few desserts that you and your loved one can prepare, and enjoy afterward. It can be as easy as baking cookies, cupcakes, or if you want to get serious how about some crème brûlée? It can be a fun night of excitement and laughter. It's what you make of it.

Music and Dancing

Who said music and dancing were only for the dancefloor? Save time and money and dance at home. Set the mood for romance with some slow music, light candles, pour wine, clear an area, and take your loved one by the hand. This is a full proof way to show off your romantic side, as well as a way to get a little more intimate this holiday.

Write a Love Letter

Too often, technology replaces the art of writing. Don't text your loved one a Valentine's Day message or post it online for the world to see. Keep the love you have private and special. Write your feelings down in a poem or a letter. Show your sweet side to the one that holds your heart and just watch the sparks fly.

Recreate the Day you Met

If you and your sweetheart have a special memory of the day you met, try recreating it for a sweet Valentine's Day treat. Decorate your home, backyard, neighborhood park with small mementos from that special day. You may even want to string some lights and light a few candles to make it even more romantic.

Bubble Bath

Think about your significant other. Does he or she work hard? Never have time to relax? Then maybe a night of pampering them is just what you need to create the perfect Valentine's Day. Draw a warm bath, add some bubbles, and light some candles. You can even add a bottle of wine and soft music to the scene for some extra romance.

Scavenger Hunt

Have some fun by sending your loved one on a scavenger hunt full of clues that lead to you. It can be clues from your relationship or for the night your special someone can expect with you.

Remember it is all about celebrating the love you share, not the amount of money you think your relationship is worth. You don't want to over-extend yourself. That will only lead you into more of a financial struggle causing you to take out another auto title pawn or maxing out your credit cards.