Valentine’s Day is not just for kids when you have a family. Yes, it’s great to include time spent with your children; but what about us a parents? I know it’s hard when you’re on a budget but if you follow my tips, you and your hunny can still have a romantic Valentine’s Day date.

Romantic Tip #1: Create an indoor picnic with available props; picnic tablecloth, paper goods, etc. Share finger foods and favorite treats along with a glass of wine. Spice up “dessert.” Enjoy your picnic on the living room floor or in bed. Play your favorite card games or board games together. 1

Romantic Tip #2: Decorate a unique-looking jar or box with craft items. Write numerous love notes on small pieces of paper and fill the jar with them. Present the jar to your sweetheart.

Romantic Tip #3: There are many local and national Valentine’s Day giveaway contests with great prizes. Enter as many as you can and maybe you’ll get lucky.

Romantic Tip #4: For young couples with kids, get them involved in an all-family fun Valentine’s Day dinner at home. Mom can prepare a dessert for two and light the candles while dad puts the kids to bed.

Romantic Tip #5: Since Valentine’s Day is on a Sunday, celebrate with a day full of low-cost activities you both enjoy doing (depending upon your location and weather). Do something with your significant other that he/she rarely has time to do but loves.1

Romantic Tip #6: Take a 2-hour, one-time salsa or tango dancing lesson together. Or, identify some other interest you share and find a place to give you one-time extended lesson on Valentine’s Day.

Romantic Tip #7: Make the entire day full of his/her favorites: the breakfast of his/her dreams, the dinner of his/her dreams, TV shows, music, etc. Don’t say anything about it, surprise him/her all day long.

Romantic Tip #8: Take the person you love to experience something spectacular in nature: a sunset, a sunrise, the calm of the beach, share an evening walk gazing at the moon. It wouldn’t hurt to have some hot cocoa in thermos along if it’s cold.

Written by Cleo Neufeld

Cleo Neufeld

Before meeting the love of her life, Cleo was a single mother to a beautiful little girl for many years. She shares her expertise in single parenting, building a relationship, living on a budget and more.