Monday, February 2, 2015

Valentine's Budget-Friendly Date Ideas!

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Valentine's Day is less than two weeks away, crazy right? It seems like we just spent far too much on Christmas presents and now there is another potentially pricey event right around the corner. Not to worry, there are so many budget-friendly options out there. Let's jump into some: 

1. Breakfast in Bed: Two of my favorite things are breakfast and my bed so why not combine these into the perfect way to start your Valentine's Day. One of the greatest gifts is making a sweet gesture for someone you care about. This is perfect for the love of your life, your best friend or even a family member! Not sure what you make? I'd suggest heart-shaped pancakesstrawberry crepes, or heart-shaped eggs

2. Picnic in the Park (or your Living Room): Picnics always seem romantic to me. They are much more affordable than a five star restaurant yet infinitely more intimate. I recommend packing items that won't spoil easily, throwing in an inexpensive bottle of sparkling wine and picking up an indulgent dessert to split (chocolate cake perhaps?). If you aren't blessed my California sun, set up your picnic indoors, even by the fireplace would be lovely. 

3. Geocaching: Joe and I love adventures and thus came across the concept of geocaching. Geocaching is essentially like a giant nationwide scavenger hunt. You can download the app here (it is free but there is an extended cheap version as well). The app uses your location to find caches nearby. You hunt for this box, container, film canister, etc. using the map and potentially hints on the app. The app gets you pretty darn close to the object. Once you find whatever it is, there is usually a list inside that you can sign that you found it. Sometimes there are tiny treasures and you can add your own if you wish! Think stickers or an old train ticket; little bits and pieces. It is a fun activity to do with a significant other or a friend. 

4. Unique Movie Night: Sometimes all you want to do is relax after a long week, which is completely valid. I personally love watching movies at home with Joe. To change things up, we like to pop our own popcorn and come up with new flavors. My personal favorite: s'mores popcorn. 

S'Mores Popcorn:
1/4 Cup Popcorn (before popping) OR 1 bag of microwavable popcorn
1/4 Cup Oil (omit if using microwavable popcorn)
1 Cup Mini Marshmallows 
1 Cup Milk Chocolate Chips
1 Cup Golden Grahams Cereal 
*Note: You may adjust the portions of ingredients as you please

1. Prepare popcorn (on the stove or in the microwave)
2. Melt milk chocolate chips on the stove; stir frequently
3. Combine popcorn, marshmallows, and golden grahams cereal into a bowl
4. Drizzle chocolate on top
5. Stir up the mixture and enjoy! 

5. Hike Together: Sticking to those New Years Resolutions? Why not take a hike instead of a huge dinner! I know I mentioned mostly food-related options but I think taking a hike or a walk is a great bonding experience. If you are trying to be more active this year, it can be wonderful to take a long hike or walk with your Valentine. I always find that I have a deepest conversations when I'm on a hike and taking in the view. 

I hope you've enjoyed my Valentine's Budget-Friendly Date Ideas!

I will be back with more Valentine's Day posts soon :)

Do you have any date ideas to share? 

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