How Singles can Celebrate Valentine’s Day on a Budget
Valentine’s Day has a way of sneaking up right after the holiday season. If you’re single, you might have mixed feelings about seeing Cupid’s rosy cheeks every February. Heck, you might even hate the little guy! Life is just a series of stages, though, and just because you’re single right now doesn’t mean you should let a festive day pass you by.
February 14 is about celebrating love, and love can apply to so many things – your job, your family, your home, yourself. Use this Valentine’s Day to celebrate you, and check out these six ideas for exactly how to do it.
1. Entertain at Home
If the idea of venturing out to packed restaurants and bars full of happy couples abhors you, entertain at home instead. Dial up several of your single friends and make it a pot luck event to spread the expense around. If you provide the main dish, your invitees can bring along things like drinks, apps, side dishes and desserts.
Rent a few goofball comedies like “The Hangover” or “Dumb and Dumber” – you can find them at Redbox for a little over $1 if you return them the next day. If you have a fireplace, pick up a bag of firewood from your local grocery store and have everyone huddle around for some cozy warmth.
2. Treat Yourself to an Inexpensive Dinner
If you feel like having a nice meal out, there are ways to enjoy one and save cash at the same time. Check out a daily deal website, enter your zip code, and receive a list of restaurants with steep discounts – sometimes up to 50% off. Just be sure to make a reservation, since restaurants book up pretty quickly on Valentine’s Day.
3. Find a Singles Event
If you live in a big city, you can bank on finding a wealth of events for singles on Valentine’s Day. Check out some local websites or newspapers for a list. In my city, for example, there are dances, an open mic night, and mixers – the majority of which cost under $20 for admittance. You never know who you might meet.
4. Try Internet Dating
If you’ve been striking out trying to meet people in person, go virtual. Check out a few free online dating websites and see what’s out there – Plenty of Fish and Zoosk are both great options. Just make sure you take the time to make your profile fun and engaging. Include several photos of yourself, a great description of your personality and interests, and start reaching out to folks who pique your interest.
5. Go to the Gym
If getting into shape was one of your New Year’s resolutions and you’ve been struggling, February 14 is a perfect day to get back on track. You’re likely to have the gym virtually to yourself, plus the folks there may also be single, giving you a unique opportunity to meet someone. At times, Gold’s Gym has memberships available for as low as $15 per month, and newer outfits like Planet Fitness offer them for as little as $10 per month.
6. Catch Up On Your Favorite TV Shows
If you’re addicted to “Breaking Bad” or “Game of Thrones,” Valentine’s Day is a perfect time to get caught up and take your mind off the events of the day. Log into your Hulu Plus or Netflix account, load up on popcorn and soda, and snuggle in for a night of pure TV fun.
Here’s the bottom line: You can make Valentine’s Day about celebration whether you’re in a relationship or not. Just keep in mind that if you want to go out, you’re not only going to be battling crowds, but crowds of couples. Don’t be tempted to blow a bunch of money on whatever activity you choose – especially if you don’t feel good about being alone on Valentine’s Day. The last thing you want is to wake up the next morning an extra hundred dollars in debt.
Do you know of any other entertainment ideas for singles on Valentine’s Day?