Low-Cost Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Is your budget a little tight this Valentine’s Day? Do not worry. Celebrating Valentine’s Day does not have to cost a lot of money. Using a little creativity, a Valentine’s Day celebration can cost almost nothing.

Low-Cost Ideas to Celebrate With the One You Love

Fancy dinners and roses are lovely for Valentine’s Day. But often the costs do not fit into your budget. Using a little creativity, your Valentine’s Day can be just as great without the expense.

  • Movie and Popcorn: Cuddle under a comfy blanket while eating popcorn and watching a good movie. Spending some quality time together is a great way to enjoy Valentine’s Day.
  • Have a Picnic: Pack a picnic basket and head outdoors. The trip does not have to be far. Go to your local park. If the weather is too cold for an outdoor picnic, set one up in your living room.
  • Make a Homemade Valentine: Grab some construction paper and start creating a one of a kind Valentine for the one you love.
  • Create a Photo Book: Print some of your favorite photos and create a photo album. Write notes on why the images are important to you. Tell the story behind each photo. Add quotes or poetry.
  • Make a Special Meal: Make your significant other’s favorite meal. Or cook a meal together to enjoy as a couple.
  • Eat Dessert: If you are not in the habit of making a dessert, find something special to prepare. For example, make brownies and use heart-shaped cookie cutters to cut our Valentine’s Day treats.
  • Be a Tourist in Your Hometown: When was the last time you went to your local art gallery or museum? Being a hometown tourist is an exciting way to spend Valentine’s Day. Generally, the cost of admission is low. In many cases, local attractions will host Valentine’s Day events with special discounts.
  • Go Hiking: Unplug and hit the trails. Spend an afternoon hiking on your favorite trail or find a new one to explore. Do not forget your dog. Hiking is a great Valentine’s Day treat for your four-legged companion.
  • Go for a Walk: If hiking is too much for you, go for a walk. Stroll around your block. Grab your camera, head outdoors, and go for a nature walk. Enjoy your time together.
  • Make Valentine’s Day a Family Night: Valentine’s Day does not need to be just about couples. Host a family fun night. Play board games. Watch a favorite family movie.

Make Valentine’s Day special for you. Whether you go out as a couple or relax at home with your family, spend quality time together.

Staycation Ideas for the Holiday Weekend

What is a staycation? The term refers to staying at home or close to home during vacation time. The Labor Day weekend generally provides three days off without school or work commitments. The time can be spent on the road heading toward a travel destination. Or you and your loved ones may participate in staycation activities. Spending a leisure weekend with your family may turn into a lasting memory.

25 Staycation Ideas for Labor Day Weekend

  1. Host a family BBQ
  2. Go hiking
  3. Visit a local landmark
  4. Attend a community event
  5. Go on a picnic
  6. Visit a dog park
  7. Volunteer
  8. Go swimming
  9. Read a book
  10. Eat ice cream
  11. Make banana splits
  12. Go for a walk
  13. Go stargazing
  14. Go miniature golfing
  15. Visit older family members
  16. Go to a farmer’s market
  17. Visit a petting zoo or farm
  18. Relax in a hammock
  19. Host a bonfire
  20. Visit an art gallery or museum
  21. Host a craft day
  22. Go for a bike ride
  23. Go on a local tour
  24. Visit mom and pop style restaurants or businesses
  25. Have a movie or game night


Celebrating UFO Day

Did you know July 2nd is World UFO Day? UFOs or Unidentified Flying Objects have been the subject of curiosity since the beginning of the recorded word. Whether you believe or not, celebrating World UFO Day is a great way to learn about unexplainable sights in the night sky.

Ways to Celebrate UFO Day

Celebrating UFO can be a way to bring family and friends together. Remember activities should be age appropriate for your children to enjoy.

Go to the Library

Some libraries are hosting special events to celebrate World UFO Day. Teen night, game night, reading groups, and other related activities may be a part of your local library’s events. Check your library’s social media page or website for details.

Even if your library is not hosting a UFO event, find a book to read. UFOs and aliens have been the subject to many storylines. Do not hesitate to ask your librarian for suggestions.

Write a UFO Story

Write a story about viewing a UFO. Or ask your children to tell you a story about UFOs and aliens. Writing down their words may result in a memorable tale.

UFO Crafts

Spend the afternoon making UFO crafts. The crafts do not need to be complex. For example, paper plates glued together make a perfect base for a UFO. Decorate the UFO with different types of art mediums including:

  • Paint
  • Markers
  • Crayons
  • Glitter
  • Stickers
  • Macaroni
  • Pom-pons
  • Jewels

The type of UFO creation is only limited by your imagination.

If you want to do make a more involved project, build the solar system.

UFO Treats

UFO or alien themed treats are a perfect snack. A cake or cupcake can be your starting point for UFO treats. Or a cookie decorated with MM”s can easily transform into a UFO. The treats are a perfect addition to a movie or game night.

Movie Night

From 1950’s classics to modern cinematic blockbusters, watching  UFO or alien-themed movies is another way to celebrate World UFO Day.

Movie and television ideas include:

  • Star Wars
  • Star Trek
  • Men In Black
  • Aliens
  • Pacific Rim
  • Iron Giant
  • Signs
  • Doctor Who
  • Roswell, New Mexico
  • E.T.
  • The Day the Earth Stood Still
  • War of the World
  • Thing from Another World

Host a Stargazing Party

Gather your friends and family members together for a night of stargazing. Spread out blankets, lay back, and look at the stars. You may not see a UFO but the night sky has other amazing sights to view.

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