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How to do Valentine’s Day on a budget

How to do Valentine’s Day on a budget
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Here are some super handy and affordable ideas for a budget Valentines Day.

#1 Make the most of the outdoors

When it comes to enjoying a date with little money spent then a great idea is to make the most of the outdoors. Wrap up warm, go on a walk with your date and stop for some hot drinks (or pints) along the way.

If you’re brave enough, and it’s not too cold then take along some food to eat as you go. If you are feeling a little bit more adventurous and if you and your partner really do love the outdoors, then national trails and footpath walks can be a great day out!

#2 Movie marathons

Save money which would have been spent on expensive cinema snacks and tickets by just getting together all your favourite films and sitting down to watch them with your partner.

You can always cook some food up at home, which is usually a lot cheaper!

#3 Have a DIY spa night together!

Not really in your student budget to zoot off to a fancy spa? Have one at home! Make the most of having some time to relax together and get together a few things, such as face masks, bubble baths and massages.

It’s really easy to recreate a spa at home; you can even put on some dolphin music, that’s what they play at spas right?

#4 Cook up an M&S storm

For a student Marks and Spencer can seem a little decadent, but for years they have been running a really good promotion where you can get a two course meal for two and a bottle of wine for just ten pounds! Definitely worth having a try!

#5 Head off to an open mic

If you’re are looking for some free entertainment have a scout for about any open mic nights in your local area and head off to listen to some live music, it can be a really fun experience and doesn’t really cost anything, unless you grab some cocktails!

#6 Go on a day trip

If you own a car and you’re looking to make the most of the whole day then head out on a road trip with your partner. Whether it’s simply to the reservoir or local café, or actually jumping in the car and driving to another city or town, having an explore can be a really nice experience for you to enjoy together.

#7 Indulge in some holiday planning

If you are choosing to have a budget valentines, then maybe you might enjoy looking online for future holidays, and maybe even booking a few. By saving the pennies at Valentine’s, you can put them towards important events and experiences with your loved one.

#8 Do some baking together

Come on, who doesn’t like baking? Whip up a storm in the kitchen and bake some cake delights, you can snack on them whilst watching a movie.

#9 Voucher Codes

If you are up for getting dressed up and heading out for a meal, yet are still a little strapped for cash, then a great idea is to head over to voucher codes, where you can simply search for a restaurant and grab a bargain discount! You simply have to show your code to the waiter for your money off, my favourites include vouchers for restaurants like Pizza Express, Zizzi and TGIF.

#10 Go to a museum/art gallery

This might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but art galleries and museums are completely free ad can be a really lovely day out if you both share an enthusiasm for the arts. Head off to your local gallery and maybe grab some cake and coffee whilst you’re there (if it’s in budget!)

Finally, here are some of the best places to buy your Valentine’s Day essentials.

Firstly, prosecco, this is probably the cheapest in ASDA at the moment, only five pounds a bottle!

Champagne! ASDA again! They currently have their own brand champagne for £27, reduced from £34.

If you are looking for some steak to fry this Valentines, then ASDA win again, they have a steak meal deal for two for only seven pounds!

Looking for a little bit of ice cream indulgence? ASDA, Morrison’s and Sainsbury’s are all selling Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, yes, you heard that right, for only £2.50!

Elizabeth Whittingham Elizabeth is a third year history student studying at The University of Manchester.