Save money this Valentine’s Day with these top 10 tips on how to enjoy Valentine’s Day while on a budget.

Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. And whether they’re spending it with the love of their life or just some friends, consumers are expected to spend an average of $130.97 on presents.

But you don’t have to spend a small fortune to enjoy Valentine’s Day. Take a look at my list of the top 10 ways to enjoy Valentine’s Day while on a budget.

1. Focus on gifts that are meaningful. Sometimes the gift that means the most will cost the least amount of money. Check out Savvy Sugar has some thoughtful and inexpensive Valentine’s Day gift ideas.

2. Create your own chocolate. Turn a boring gift into a unique present. Head over to Wise Bread to learn more about personalizing your chocolate gift.

3. Get hands-on with paper flowers. Real flowers only last a few days, but paper flowers will be a warm reminder of your thoughtfulness for years to come. offers other practically free Valentine’s Day date ideas.

4. Ditch the hearts. Sometimes hearts are overrated. This Bright Nest post shows 6 crafty ways to decorate for V-Day without using the traditional heart motif.

5. Go paperless. Try sending a virtual e-card this year in place of a generic and expensive paper one. Mom It Forward has more helpful tips for staying under budget for Valentine’s Day.

6. Make your own romantic dinner. Avoiding the restaurant scene means a more satisfying meal with leftover cash in your pocket. Check out for some helpful menu options.

7. Shop now. Many winter items are on sale now, so head over to the clearance rack for some good deals. Get more info on how to avoid breaking the bank on Valentine’s Day by Huffington Post.

8. Take it outside. Get some fresh air on a sunset walk with your sweetheart. Not only is it free but you can also score some healthy points! Hitched explains how to make the walk extra special.

9. Think estate jewelry. If getting a nice piece of jewelry is on your list for Valentine’s Day, find an authentic gift by shopping at antique stores. The folks at Daily Finance share their ideas on sticking to a budget for Valentine’s Day.

10. Travel before or after the holiday. If you want to go somewhere for Valentine’s Day, consider planning the trip a few weeks after the holiday when prices will be more reasonable. Bankrate points out a few other ways to save during the holiday.

 How do you save money on Valentine’s Day?

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