Valentine's Day: 5 Creative Ways to Celebrate on a Pocket-friendly Budget

Valentine's Day: 5 Creative Ways to Celebrate on a Pocket-friendly Budget

  • Celebrating Valentine's Day with loved ones does not necessarily have to drain your bank account
  • In today's Nigeria, money is hard to come by these days, and it is only fair to plan carefully on a realistic budget
  • In this article, suggests excellent, creative and exciting ways to spend the day and still get to have as much fun journalist Victor Enengedi has over a decade's experience covering Energy, MSMEs, Technology and the stock market.

St. Valentine's Day is again here, and lovers across the world will be scrambling to make the day as fun and exciting as possible.

Considering the heightening inflation rate, rising food prices, and many other economic woes in Nigeria, you don't have to spend a fortune and leave a hole in your pocket to have a great and memorable time with your significant other.

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Celebrating Valentine's Day on a packet-friendly budget
You can be as creative as you possibly can and bet on it that these little gestures will go a long way. Photo credit - Bassey Edoho, Dragana991
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February 14 is only halfway into the month, and it would not be wise to spend most of your money before the month ends just because you want to impress your partner.

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In fact, you can celebrate St. Valentine's Day on a budget and still get to have as much memorable fun just by being a little more creative with your plans. The emphasis here should be more on spending time than on spending money.

Here are a few ways to make the day most romantic on a pocket-friendly budget.

Cook a romantic dinner

If going out to have dinner is too expensive for you, you and your lover can set up a candlelight dinner at home.

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Not only is it cheaper, but the two of you will have a great time 'gisting' and laughing together as you prepare the meal.

You get to set the table and eat together, having interesting conversations all the way. After dinner, you can chill, watch a movie, and maybe play games afterwards.

Couple movie night

You and your lover can take a drive to the cinema to see a nice romantic movie together.

The average cost of a movie ticket is just around N5,000. N10,000 will get both of you tickets, drinks and popcorn.

Night out in a hotel

Not every hotel is expensive. Depending on your budget, you can find 3-star or 4-star hotels with rooms that cost less than N25,000 - N35,000 a night.

You can both spend a night and share quality time. If you feel like eating in the hotel will cost you more, you can order food online or find a nice restaurant to eat in and return to your hotel.

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Visit interesting places

You can take trips to interesting leisure places for sightseeing. One of the most important parts of Valentine's Day is spending time with your partner.

If you are not cool with being home and don't want to spend so much on an expensive dinner or hotel lodging, you can visit lovely places like a museum, theatre, amusement park or beach.

Giving simple gifts

Getting a nice gift for Valentine's doesn't have to force you to break the bank. There are a lot of budget-friendly options you can gift your partner that will not cost too much.

It could be a customized picture, shoes, sandals, t-shirts, lingerie, belts, cake, makeup kits, new gym membership card, spa treatment, chocolates and candies, stocks, etc. Remember that it is always the thought that counts.

There are a few more things you could do to spice up the day before you eventually get to meet. If you live together, you can start by leaving love notes in different places in the house.

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If you live apart, you can send a flower bouquet to your lady earlier in the day. If it is a work day, you can pop into your partner's office or business place to drop off their favourite treat.

You can be as creative as you possibly can and bet on it that these little gestures will go a long way.

Five fun facts about Valentine's Day

Meanwhile, had, in an earlier article, identified a few funny and interesting facts about St Valentine's Day for you to read and enjoy.

1. In 2021, Americans spent N9.87 trillion ($21.8 billion) on Valentine's gifts.

2. Japan first marked Valentine's Day in 1936, known as Kokuhaku.

3. In Ghana, Valentine's Day is all about the consumption of chocolate.

4. On Valentine's Day in 1876, Alexander Graham Bell applied for his telephone patent.

5. Penicillin was introduced on February 14, 1929, Valentine's Day.


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