Some say good things don't come cheap, but this year your Valentine's Day can! In these tough times, here are some ideas for Valentine's Day dates that won't put a gigantic dent in your bank account.

On Ice
Most towns have an ice skating rink either indoors, outdoors or both. Admission is usually below $10 per person and the skate rentals aren't that expensive either. Even if you don't know how to skate, ice skating is a fun way to bond with your date…and a good excuse to hold hands.

Ice Cream and Cake and Pie, Oh My!
Have a dessert date! Go to a local café or a fancy restaurant and just order dessert. Share a milkshake at an ice cream shop-50's style! It gives you and your date the opportunity for conversation just like dinner, only it's a lot sweeter!

Let It Snow
Here's a date that costs nothing at all! Grab a sled or a snow tube and head to the steepest hill you can find. Take turns tobogganing or ride together for an enjoyable winter date without hitting the (expensive) slopes.


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Now Showing
Local shows, whether they are concerts, plays, or comedy, are usually relatively cheap. Most places cost between $5 and $10 per person. The variety of entertainment allows room for tailoring the date to your valentine's interests. Do some research on your local entertainment venues and enjoy a night of music, drama, or jokes!

Fiery Passion
Build a fire. If you have a fireplace, great! If not, build a fire outdoors and snuggle up together under the stars. Make s'mores, find constellations, and share stories!

Son of A Beach
Head to the beach and watch the sunset together. Bring some snacks and wine (if you're old enough!) and get romantic! Don't live near a beach? Find a lake or a hiking trail that has a good view of the sky.

Park It
If you live in warmer climates where there isn't snow on the ground, have a picnic in the park. Bring a blanket and load up your picnic basket with both you and your date's favorite foods. Bring a frisbee and a radio and make a day of it!

Hunting Season
Send your date on a scavenger hunt. Lead your valentine on a hunt using clues that direct to significant locations such as where the two of you had your first date or first kiss. End the hunt with a gift!

Putt-Putt
Add a little competition to your date and play miniature golf. It doesn't cost too much and some mini golf courses also have go-karts for extra fun! Unfortunately, most miniature golf courses close during the winter in the colder regions.


Story by Sara Martone

Starpulse contributing writer