Celebrate with Your Valentine on a Budget

For some people, February is a month for a romantic connection – celebrating Valentine’s Day with dinner reservations or romantic gifting. With a big red heart drawn around February 14th, many of us want to make our loved ones feel special. Preferably without breaking the bank. Keep reading for some budget-friendly ideas for you and yours <3


Date night in! With the increased cost of going out, why not stay in? Use soft lighting, a red or white tablecloth, and candles to create a romantic atmosphere. Complete your intimate dining experience with these recipe ideas:

Marry-Me Chicken Recipe (allrecipes.com)Basil-Butter Steaks with Roasted Potatoes Recipe: How to Make It (tasteofhome.com)

Seared Scallops with Citrus Herb Sauce Recipe: How to Make It (tasteofhome.com)

You can serve these scallops with fettuccine alfredo, garlic bread, and a salad. Yum!

Complete dinner with a dessert. These easy-to-make desserts are sure to sweeten up your loved one:

Cupid’s Cloud…A Valentine’s Day Dessert – A Pretty Life In The Suburbs 

Chewy Brownies Recipe (allrecipes.com)


If staying in isn’t your style, these free local events are a great way to get out of the house and make some cherished memories:

Paint the Town Red – The Kennebunk-Kennebunkport-Arundel Chamber of Commerce (gokennebunks.com) Shop red ticket sales in boutiques and red plate specials at restaurants.

2023 Ice Festival – Our Town Belfast Check out these ice sculptures and maybe take a train ride while experiencing the taste of Belfast.

Schedule – Somerset SnowFest Somerset Snowfest is an event-filled week located in the Skowhegan area. Events include downhill kayak racing, ice holes (similar to corn-hole), and horse-drawn sleigh rides. Check out their link for a complete list of events.


Valentine’s Day is meant to be spent with loved ones, regardless of how you celebrate. If you have other budget-friendly ideas for Valentine’s Day, I’d love to hear them!


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