Valentine’s Day – On a Budget

Valentine’s Day – On a Budget

Written by Charlotte Thurlow and Hollie Ward


February 14th has arrived again and the student loan is running low. This article will hopefully give you a few cheap ideas of how to get through the dreaded day.


  • Card Factory provide lovely and suitable cards for your loved ones for below £1.
  • Moonpig is also a cheap way to show your loved ones that you care, combining a card and a picture in one, a cheeky way of combining a present with a card.
  • If you’re feeling especially cheap, all you need is an A4 piece of paper/card and a pen. As well as being extremely cheap, it adds a personal flare to the special day.

Why I Love You Jar


  • Print off a picture of the two of you and put it in a little frame. A cute and personal yet cheap gift for your loved one. (Poundland even sell frames)
  • Frame a map and use pins to show the places you have travelled together or want to visit in the future.
  • Make a coupon book of vouchers individually tailored to your partner and their individual needs and interests. They can use them whenever they deem suitable.
  • Make a jar of reasons why you love them. (Tip: hide the jar so your housemates and family members don’t see them)
  • Bake something for them.

Don’t go out for dinner

  • Personally, the idea of going for dinner on Valentine’s Day is a completely alien idea to me. Not only do you have to reserve a table ridiculously in advance, the prices are doubled and the service time is tripled. Why waste a ridiculous amount of money when you can order a takeaway at home or cook a meal together for under £10 or even cheaper. Tesco is offering a Tesco finest dinner for two for £9 consisting of a main dish, side dish, dessert and a bottle of wine.

Cafe parfait

Take them to Cafe Parfait

  • Not only do you get to spend time with your loved ones, you get to party for cheap. However, some partners may not be appreciative of you throwing up by the end of the evening.

Take insurance out with CompareTheMeerkat and get 2 for 1 cinema tickets

  • This more long term commitment may seem unnecessary to begin with, but will save a lot of money in the future.

  • Take advantages of vouchers and offers.

Take a trip to London but visit free places/museums

If you pay for your train tickets now using Megabus you can get cheap travel into London. Free places to visit in London include the Science Museum, National History Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum.