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Today is Tuesday February 7th. Now I point this out, not because it is a momentous date, a holiday, or a due date for some important federal document; no, I point this out simply to let you know that you have one week until Valentine’s Day.

Seven days and counting until V-Day.

If you are lucky enough this year to have somebody that you love, that you like, or that you’re even just getting to know; what you plan for Valentine’s Day might be a make or break kind of situation—and for you married folks, it might at least determine whether or not you’re sleeping on the couch!

So we thought we’d give you some romantic rendezvous on the skimpy side (cost that is.)

Check out these ten date ideas for under $10.00. After all, love doesn’t have to be expensive; it just has to be thoughtful, heartfelt, and sincere…

And nobody wants to be the guy on the couch, am I right?

1)   Field trip to the park. Now this is always a little iffy in February—the month where in most places, the weather is torn between winter and spring. But if you do happen to live someplace where the sun is out, take a stroll to the park with your sweetheart. There is nothing like a seesaw, some swings, and maybe a bottle of bubbly to make you feel like a kid in love again.

Cost: Free

2)   Gallery or museum. Museums and galleries usually have a free night, but even if it doesn’t happen to fall on Valentine’s Day, admission is generally pretty low, or in some cases is just a “suggested donation” of about $3.00 or $5.00 per person. Cost: $6-$10

3)   Go Sampling. If you two are into wine or beer, you might want to try sampling at a winery or brewery on Valentine’s. They’re known for letting visitors taste their products for free, and sometimes will even have paired snacks on hand (cheese plates, strawberries, etc.) If you find something you like, you can take it straight home without paying the marked-up retail price later. Cost: $0-$10

Picnic! This is a great activity to add on to number one above. Do you two have dogs? Make a family trip of it! There’s nothing quite as fun, light-hearted, and easy as creating a date out of just hanging out outside! A post-swing set picnic at the park is a perfect way to just simply enjoy the outdoors, and ultimately each other, with no distractions. Check out our post for some meal ideas for less than $5 per serving.Cost: $10

5)   Bake something awesome. Okay, it doesn’t have to turn out awesome—the point of this one is just doing the activity together. Need a delicious and inexpensive recipe for apple pie? Check this out. Cost: $4.71

6)   Hang out with some animals. Even if you two don’t have pets of your own, or perhaps especially if you don’t have pets at home, visiting a local zoo, aquarium, wildlife center, or even pet shop will bring out that lovey-dovey side in anyone. Zoos and aquariums often have free days, and usually have low admission prices; and of course, pet stores and wildlife centers are always free (unless you wind up taking home a furry souvenir!) Cost: $0-$10

7)   Community Events. Check out your city’s events website and find out what’s going on around you! Most event sites will list things in categories: location, type of activity, and even price. They’ll give you the scoop on what, where, and how much for this Valentine’s Day. Do you like local music? Doors are usually only about $5.00 each if it isn’t a big band. What about street festivals or open-air markets? These are free and great places to just walk around and catch up! Cost: $0-$10

8)   Go Stargazing. All you need here is a blanket, a clear night, and maybe a bottle of something delightful or some snacks. This might just be the inexpensive date idea to stir up some romance. Hint: do a little research on various constellations before you roll out the blanket. Wow your date with your Googled knowledge! Cost: $0-10

9)   A night in. This inexpensive option is great for those of you who just need a minute to breathe! If you’ve been caught up in a whirlwind romance, or even a whirlwind workweek, make Valentine’s simple this year. Rent a movie, pop a pizza into the oven, and relax. Slowing things down a little might be a great way to get to know each other even better. Cost: About $10

10)  Sing away. Do you secretly have the voice of an angel? Want to impress your date? Whisk your Valentine away to a karaoke bar for some inexpensive, light-hearted singing and drinks/snacks. Now this isn’t exactly the most romantic of Valentine’s dates but it will be fun and break the tension for the rest of the evening. Afterward, take a nice long stroll around town and talk about your favorite music. Cost: about $10

What are your plans this year for Valentine’s Day?


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