Budget Valentine's Day Ideas -- Savings Experiment

Savings Experiment: Valentine's Day
Savings Experiment: Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is a time when you can show your loved one how much you care, but you don't have to dig deep into your wallet to do it. Here are some great tips on how to switch things up this year, and save in the process.

Let's Do Lunch
A Valentine's lunch is a sweet treat, especially if you and your mate don't get enough one-on-one time during the day. Restaurants often offer cheaper versions of the same items during lunch hour, so you'll get a delicious meal for a budget-friendly price. Impress your date and try more exotic fare, like sushi or Korean BBQ, without breaking your piggy bank.

Fast Food Nation
If your true love truly loves fast food, then head on over to White Castle. That's right, White Castle. You may need to make a reservation, but you'll get the royal treatment, complete with a plastic red table cloth, free dessert and a photo opportunity. It can be a fun and unique experience for a can't-beat price.

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You can treat yourself and your mate to great food, just do your research beforehand. Many restaurants have Valentine's Day specials, including chains like Ruby Tuesday, which offers a three-course Valentine's special for $19.99 per person. Also, check out Restaurant.com, a site that offers coupons for up to 80 percent off of your favorite places to eat. Just remember to check the fine print to ensure you can use your voucher on the holiday.