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Valentine’s Day on a budget?

You know when Valentine’s Day is REALLY tough? When you really, really like the person you are dating but you don’t have money to buy a gift that would “show” them. Thankfully, the right person won’t care that you are on a budget. They will care if you do or say nothing. It’s the zero effort and irrational anger towards the “made up commercial holiday” that won’t go over well.

The good news is that your serious love jones, coupled with a little attention to details can help you become a little creative. No money? NO problem! Here are a few of my favorite date ideas that are low-budget with a high romantic ROI:

Light the table and room with candles (tea lights are cheap!). Make a home cooked meal. Bonus points if it is their favorite food. Make a playlist of your favorite love songs (no booty music mixtapes!). Spend the evening feeding each other dessert while (insert your favorite non-sexual activity) watching sports, playing video games, reading a book, watching movie). End your night slow dancing cheek to cheek. *swoon*

Set up an indoor picnic. Lots of pillows. Lots of candles. Pick the sexiest, yummiest foods to munch on. Swap stories of childhood. Get to know one another better. Turn off your phones.

You know we live in one of the coolest cities, right? Atlanta has so many things to do that don’t cost much. A lot of great places are Marta accessible! Look up any specials or deals that are around the city. AJC’s fabulous Bargain Hunter has tips to save on those Valentine’s Day traditions too.

Whatever you decide to do, make it thoughtful and meaningful for the both of you. Oh, and if thought of doing something nice for the person you are dating bothers you in anyway, please let them go. Immediately. It’s the most loving gesture you could ever do for them.

Do you guys have any ideas on how to pull off Valentine’s Day on a budget?

What is the least amount of money you have ever spent on a date? What did you do?

Happy Wednesday!

By Wise Diva, Misadventures in Atlanta Dating Blog

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Single and Happy I Digress!!

February 13th, 2013
9:05 am

Bah Humbug!! Oh wait that Christmas, but same meaning! (LOL)

Hey all

disco

February 13th, 2013
9:08 am

S/H – Ditto. maybe instead of bah humbug we can say Eff Cupid.

Lee

February 13th, 2013
9:08 am

I rather have my valentine all year long, not just one day..

Single and Happy I Digress!!

February 13th, 2013
9:15 am

Disco, You know all the fake lovers will be out :-D Oh wait, am I hating again?? (LOL)

Lee that’s the way it should be.

Button

February 13th, 2013
9:19 am

Good morning! Love me everyday not just one day that someone else says you should. It’s not geniune and you’re just going with the flow, so why even bother?

Exiled!

February 13th, 2013
9:21 am

Ohh dammit,it’s tmrw?!!!

I am completely clueless on this…..And broke!

My goodness.

But not worries,I will enlist the services of my dual personality daughter. I am sure together,she can help me conjure up some collective ‘family valentine durprise’ for mommy.

I will stick to that.

Thanks Diva for the alert!

……whew…at this point I ain’t even thinking bout bootey…rather,just hoping she will have a smile on her face when it’s all said and done,marveling at ‘our’ creativity. And I can retire to bed,with a clean,win conscience.

Exiled!

February 13th, 2013
9:22 am

Button

February 13th, 2013
9:22 am

lol @Single & disco

disco

February 13th, 2013
9:24 am

I understand the principle and the sentiment behind vday everyday but I’m not feeding into it. it’s almost like folks who celebrate their birthdays all month. I’m all for you having a good time and all but you weren’t born every freaking day of the month. lol. vday everyday would take away from the so-called special of the day and a lot of folks can’t get the special they seek on one day let alone everyday. ijs. now, folks who talk about Christmas everyday I can get with. some kids take way too much for granted.

s/h – I think we both snorted some stank dust this morning. and to think yesterday I was all upbeat. today I’m like “mf please”.

Exiled!

February 13th, 2013
9:25 am

Can’t wait for her to cone back h from school! :lol:

Bluzgirl

February 13th, 2013
9:30 am

Some folks call it Valentine’s Day…I call it Thursday…

I have dated guys in the past who didn’t “believe” in Valentine’s Day. What a crock…

Exiled!

February 13th, 2013
9:36 am

You expecting any surprises for Valentines Disco….even a bouquet?

or you just so ‘real’with it u wld rather he dontes you the money?

I bet you don’t even orgasm….?

Tell me I am wrong….

Coz I have a hard time imagining ur short thick legs wrapped around a dude’s frame,moaning, as he is pounding on u….

I on know…ur edges seem so rough..

Maybe u do…but wanting to be in charge maybe u just order dude:

Undress!,lay up on the bed!

Let me just kneck that,I need to hurry for work!!

Done..no romance,nada!

disco

February 13th, 2013
9:38 am

bluz – you silly. back in January I was trying to determine if I was going to be the single chick who treated myself on vday or the single chick who tried to ignore the fact that it was vday. as it turns out, I never made a decision. lol. I’m not going to front though. I am on a mission to get me some chocolate covered strawberries.

Leggs

February 13th, 2013
9:40 am

Single ~ Bah Humbug is something I often say. My friends laugh and say I can’t use it since it’s not Christmas. Oh well.

Valentine’s Day is so commercialized making people believe they have to spend boo coo $$. Proflowers commercials ($29.99 on flowers that will die), commercials saying you “must” bring chocolate home or else, etc. is crazy. I don’t need chocolate, don’t need flowers. Give me a kiss, a hug and something to eat.

Leggs

February 13th, 2013
9:40 am

Oops, I meant food.

Good morning, good morning!

Bluzgirl

February 13th, 2013
9:41 am

disco – I have girl scout cookies, so I’ll treat myself to a night on the couch, watching a movie and eating cookies! LOL! I can tell I’m growing up some because it doesn’t bother me at all being single on VDay!!! Last year, I had issue with it, but that was because the break up was only a week and a half before it…then, I realized that the ex wouldn’t have done anything special anyways!!!

I’ll just continue to love myself! Eff cupid! LOL

disco

February 13th, 2013
9:43 am

ex – don’t sleep on me. I’m a she-player from way back. just because I’m in retirement right now doesn’t mean I don’t still have game. while I don’t have anything lined up for tomorrow I do have one joker calling wanting to take me out this weekend for his birthday. lol. dude calling me up the other day to remind me it was his birthday. I was like I know. he was like why didn’t you call. I responded because you are a grown azz man, why should I care about your birthday. and what? he still asks me out to a bday dinner.

bluz – I don’t understand all the hype surrounding girl scout cookies. I wouldn’t consider that a treat but if you do, have at it.

hey leggs.

Bluzgirl

February 13th, 2013
9:46 am

If I was in a relationship, I would expect much. I’m not materialistic. A nice card with something sweet hand written in it and a small box of chocolates would be good for me. I don’t need roses! I would prefer daisies or sunflowers over roses anyway!!!

The deceased ex didn’t get into VDay and I went all out and got upset. He did, however, cook me a nice dinner. He did learn that a nice card would have made all the difference and did that the next two years, along with cute little trinkets…

Bluzgirl

February 13th, 2013
9:48 am

disco – I love me some girl scout cookies!!! I have to keep them in my office this year because if I take them home, my brother will eat them up…lol

Button

February 13th, 2013
9:51 am

I get it that vday is the only day some will get flowers/chocolates etc but is that really how some want to recieve it? ijs, not judging.

MsAtl

February 13th, 2013
9:53 am

Morning All!
I am not the type that needs something exorbitant for Valentine’s Day; simple is okay with me. The ex would make a big production and send dozens of roses and candy to my job. However, it was only for show, at home it was business as usual. I would prefer small real over huge fake.

disco

February 13th, 2013
9:56 am

button – you almost hit on the real meaning for the season. vday is about chicks showing off and getting their brag on. shoot the local radio station is having a “make ‘em jealous” promotions. it’s about what “my man did and your man didn’t”. and yeah a lot of chicks deny that they play that game but the real is that a lot of them do. this is why you have some chicks sending themselves flowers to work so they don’t look bad in front of co-workers. lol.

Leggs

February 13th, 2013
9:59 am

hey disco!

I buy GS cookies, but never eat them (lol). I give them away.

MsAtl ~ last year, this lady in the bldg received 4 different assortment of flowers through out the day. They were GORGEOUS. That’s what he wanted to do, good for him (or them). However, I smiled and thought of what I could have done with the $$. In case you’re wondering how I knew, the receptionist would call me and say “she got another one!”

Courtside Seats!!! Caught on the Kiss Cam :)

February 13th, 2013
10:04 am

I for one do not believe in V-day…Never have and never will….. I have no problem talking to those I date about it and explaining my POV…. I always have high hopes that they will understand, but sometimes they don’t….

Celisea

February 13th, 2013
10:06 am

Well, I’m certainly not hating on cupid this year :mrgreen: I do think folks go all out and stuff, but either way, with me, do you and what you like. If you’re showy and pull out all the stops, just for a day, knock yourself out. If you are thoughtful year round and thoughtful in keeping with VDay, even better. People are going to be people and some folks live for the day their coworkers can “see” a display. I don’t get moved over that kind of stuff.

I’m looking forward to a rather nice and simplistic day/evening tomorrow :) I have a few plans of my own :)

The potato chip gal is gonna get hooked up for sure. Her hubs does nice stuff year round for her.

Leggs

February 13th, 2013
10:08 am

Who here thinks it’s Christopher Donner’s body they found in that house?

disco ~ on one of the radio stations here, Steve Harvey (lol), they’re suggesting that men buy their women flowers 2-3 days before VD with a card saying “I know VD is around the corner, but I couldn’t wait to show you how much I love you.” They think that’s a real playa move…

Lee

February 13th, 2013
10:10 am

i hate flowers, every guy i been with gets me flowers no matter how many times i have stated i don’t like them. I love BALLOONS!!!!! I think flowers are a easy thing for a guy to get no real thought or care into them. So it has never impressed me that others get flowers ; big deal..

Bluzgirl

February 13th, 2013
10:10 am

Court…even though you don’t “believe” in VDay, if your girl does, would you do something nice for her to appease her?

Celisea

February 13th, 2013
10:11 am

Off topic (cause she just IM’d me), a coworker and myself are on a year long project with my manager. I was sooo blown away at how she was outright saying stuff like, “we don’t need to have additional training for folks that don’t want to do their job.” I was speechless. If that was me, my manager would have been saying that was too brash. Unbelievable. My manager was asking both of ur our thoughts in rolling out a project to the team, so my manager and I went the with idea of doing a “refresher” to the team and them drop the project to them, with a due date. This chick was going on and on about how she know of folks that are not doing their job….blah blah blah. I soooooo don’t trust folks like her.

Sorry, I’m still shocked this morning. That was was at 4:00 yesterday. Aaaamazing. Boy, that was a reminder to stay on the grind and keep watch of folks like her.

Sorry folks, she just IM’d me and that sort of brought everything back up. She wanted my “feedback” on the deck she created from our meeting.

Exiled!

February 13th, 2013
10:11 am

Disco…based on that scenario I think u play the game well..a Lil impressed actually.

Just go on the bday dinner at his expense…even suggest a better restaurant if dude’s eat game is whack.

You could go to dinner every day oif the week with different dudes if u so desired.

Just have to make sure the dudes have full decks….u don’t want anybody going crazy coz u didn’t lay up with them.

disco

February 13th, 2013
10:12 am

courtside – here I go bringing up tv episodes again. the episode when dude tells joan he’s not into vday, she gets all upset. he concedes and hooks her up and then she goes “I can’t wait to see what you do for st. patrick’s day”. yep. joan was indeed a trip.

Bluzgirl

February 13th, 2013
10:12 am

Leggs – I’m really wondering if it is Dorner’s body…I sure hope they stop on high alert until they find out for sure…

Celisea

February 13th, 2013
10:15 am

I think it was last year that Purple said the day before and after VDay is for side hos…lolololol I thought about that when listening to Nephew Tommy this morning. I don’t really care for him but when I turned to the station, he was ranting (I believe) on the side hos getting a box of 12 piece dark (chicken) and 2 large sides. To shut up about it and be happy and at least it fell on the 15, a nice round number….not that ole 14th day of February. I can’t lie, I had to laugh.

Courtside Seats!!! Caught on the Kiss Cam :)

February 13th, 2013
10:15 am

Bluzgirl…In a word, No….I do not believe in appeasment. Now If we are like that, then she understands my feeling on the matter and she also enjoys the acknowledgemnet of my affection for herr much more often that on 2-14….. i.e. Hand written notes sent thru the mail. Cards expressing my feeling just because, I refuse to allow Halmark to set the standard for how my relationship should go.

Celisea

February 13th, 2013
10:22 am

A couple of years ago, a good friend sent an edible arrangement. That’s the only time I’ve gotten one and that wins hands down for me over and above flowers and stuff. I really didn’t see that one coming. It was showy at all cause that ain’t their personality, but generosity is.

Celisea

February 13th, 2013
10:22 am

it WASN’T showy

disco

February 13th, 2013
10:26 am

leggs –really? what’s player about that? dude ain’t even saving no money. smdh.

ex – the game is not that much fun as you get older. not because one is too old to play games so much as the players aren’t as hot as they used to be (yes I’m shallow like that). lol. so… I just finished reading one of those “urban fiction” novels. thug something or other. I ain’t gone lie. I was straight nostalgic with the whole aspect of being a “baller’s girl”. the good old days I tell ya. lol.

Bluzgirl

February 13th, 2013
10:28 am

Court…well, I guess it makes a difference that you do nice things often. When I was with the guy who didn’t “believe” in VDay, he didn’t really do the random cards, flowers, etc. I wanted at least one day for him to show me that I was special…

kimmie

February 13th, 2013
10:32 am

Morning All!!

Dang, you all are sure negative about Vday!!LOL!! And folks kill me with the “show me you love me every day, not just Vday” mess. How about, if you don’t show me you care all the other days, you really don’t have to worry about Vday either, okay? Real simple.

Folks overthink a sweet day. If the person you are with trips because you gotta do a budget Vday, then guess what you need to be doing first thing February 15th? Dumping their superficial behind, or you’ll be like Courtside’s buddy having to buy a bigger ring and “re-propose”! If you’re not balling like you can afford to pick them up on the private jet, if you guys are that close, they should probably already understand that. If you don’t have it the other days, how are you going to magically come up with it for Vday?

I’m so feeling what Wise said – if it’s killing you that much to do a little something nice for them, let them GO. That’s the best, and cheapest, gift you can give them.

Disco, too bad you are not in the ATL. Chocolate-dipped strawberries are one of my specialties and I would make you some! :) My hubs does not care for them, so it would be fun to have someone to make some for, other than those I cater for on occasion.

Leggs

February 13th, 2013
10:33 am

“I do not believe in appeasment.” – Interesting. In life, you’ve never had to do something simply to appease another? To reduce angst?

Bluzgirl

February 13th, 2013
10:34 am

I was just remembering the first VDay with the ex. We were only together for a month, so no huge deal. It fell on a Sunday and I had to work at a hockey game and he had a band rehearsal. We planned to hang out that evening (he was already basically living with me). I got home about 5 or so that evening and there was no sign of him. He had no cell phone at the time, so I couldn’t call to find out when he was coming home. He called me a few hours later from a friend’s phone to inform me that he went out to have beers with the band after rehearsal and would be home later. I think he got home around 10. I was NOT happy. Also, that day, I took a pregnancy test because I was late. Thank God it was negative…it was not a very good VDay!

Celisea

February 13th, 2013
10:34 am

Kimmie – Do you have a website for your catering business? I would love to see some of your work

Leggs

February 13th, 2013
10:36 am

How about, if you don’t show me you care all the other days, you really don’t have to worry about Vday either, okay? Real simple. = SLAM DUNK!

Bluzgirl

February 13th, 2013
10:37 am

I should have known then that he was no good. SMH! LOL

Button

February 13th, 2013
10:38 am

disco – I think I heard something similar about bragging rites. lol it’s too funny and childish. I remember a few selects buying their own roses and have it delivered to the office pretending that it came from the boyfriend/husband, lol it was too funny.

disco

February 13th, 2013
10:45 am

kimmie – it is too bad indeed. I love chocolate covered strawberries. don’t get them often but when I do – yum.

bluz – you sure can pick ‘em.

Leggs

February 13th, 2013
10:48 am

“Also, that day, I took a pregnancy test because I was late. Thank God it was negative…it was not a very good VDay!” – Sounds like it was a beautifully, blessed Vday!!!

kimmie

February 13th, 2013
10:50 am

Celisea – No, I don’t. I’m kinda in semi-retirement with it now to be honest. Back about 5 or 6 years ago, when I was really into it, I was about to set up a website. I already had business cards and flyers. Becoming an instant mom and getting married, and moving into a house with a smaller kitchen kind of put the breaks on things. Before I was single and had a house and kitchen I could spread out and run my operation.

Now I just do small things from time to time, for friends and family. But I’ll let you know when I get it cranking again!!

Leggs

February 13th, 2013
10:51 am

I’m sorry, unless you wanted to be pregnant.

Celisea

February 13th, 2013
10:53 am

Kimmie – Dern it! I got a few things (birthdays, celebrations) up and coming and thought you’d be a really good resource. Okay, cool. We travel the road of life.