Cheap, Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Dates (That Don’t Seem Cheap or Last-Minute)

So, you’re a procrastinator. I’m not here to judge, because I definitely can be one too. But if you looked at your calendar today and realized that not only is Valentine’s Day a few days away, but that there’s a whole weekend after it and you have nothing planned, here are some ideas for last-minute dates that won’t seem so hastily thrown together.

Go dancing.

Here in the D.C. area, there is an old park, now an arts and cultural center, called Glen Echo Park. Every Thursday through Sunday there are different social dances held in the park. See if there’s anything comparable in your location. For typically less than $30 per person, the night can include a lesson, live music, and hours of dancing. Dancing is romantic and fun, and the possible lesson will mean that you’ll be less self-conscious, if, like most people, you are not a born and trained dancer.

Go to a concert.

Do some research and see what bars or theaters near you have cheap or free concerts. A great D.C. option is Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center. Though you have to pay for parking, the concert is free, and held in the beautiful lobby with views of the Potomac. A concert is another opportunity to dance, or, if the music is less lively, sit, have a drink, and talk.

Have a romantic night in.

I wrote a post similar to this in April, when I made an indoor picnic for Ben and me to celebrate our three-year anniversary. You can clean up, make your partner’s favorite dish, light some votives ($1 for 16-pack at Dollar Tree), play some music, get some flowers and balloons, string lights ($7 for 100-count at Target) – and ta-da, it looks amazing and you didn’t have to spend over $50 for a romantic night. You don’t have to leave the house or dress up, either!

Cuddle shelter animals – and maybe adopt one.

This is a great option, because it can be entirely free, and it has so many benefits. Shelter animals need love, comfort, company, and play, and volunteering to cuddle and play with them is good for both you and the animals. Plus, a lot of places have specials on adoptable animals around Valentine’s Day – PetSmart’s National Adoption Weekend is February 22-24 – so taking home that furry friend with whom you got attached can be much more affordable than it would be otherwise!


Here you go – four cheap, last-minute date ideas for Valentine’s Day that will make it seem like you put in a lot of time and effort. You won’t have to spend too much money, and your significant other will be impressed. You’ll have fun, and you’ll be together – and that’s important, too.

Let me know in the comments or by emailing me at graceandgoodhumor@gmail.com if you try any of these ideas and how they go!



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  5. I’m making the hubby pizza roses for V-Day dinner; he’s in charge of the dessert. 🙂 Our go-to tradition (that we’ve already done this year) is to go to a store together that sells greeting cards and pick out cards we would give to the other and trade them in the store without buying them. This year we gave each other the exact same card, except mine was about pizza and his was about donuts. We were laughing the rest of the time we were grocery shopping. Another go-to for me is to write down a bunch of cheesy pickup lines on post-it notes and stick them around the house for him to find-it’s quite entertaining. 😉

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