12 Cheap Valentine's Day Date Ideas That Are Actually Fun

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Trying to get a good seat at the movies on Valentine's Day is like a toned-down version of The Hunger Games – you fight a theater full of other people for the best spot and if you fail, your romantic night is basically doomed. Skip the battle and try a totally unique (and cheap!) date instead.

1. Indoor Picnic

If it's too cold to actually go outside, throw down a blanket and have a romantic picnic in your bedroom. Make finger sandwiches and yummy dessert, then pack them up in a basket. If you want a dose of nature, flip on NatGeo and listen to birds chirping. It's all the fun of an actual picnic, minus the bugs crawling in your food.

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2. Sweet Treat

You and bae can both pick your favorite desserts and make them together. Or go out to a restaurant and order only sweets. It's a totally fun date that will most likely end with chocolate – WIN.

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3. Spa Night

This is a killer date idea that's totally free. Raid your kitchen for supplies to make DIY face masks or bring out your nail kit for an at-home mani/pedi. Watch your favorite rom com and take selfieswhile you wait for the masks to dry.

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4. Arcade Games

If Stranger Things taught me anything, it's that the arcade is a great place to fall in love – and don't trust a baby demogorgon no matter how cute it is. Take your number one to an old-school game center and duel to win each other a V Day gift.

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5. Netflix Dinner

Order cheeseburgers, donuts, Chinese food, pizza and try to finish a new mini-series in one night. You'll spend the evening pigging out and cuddling – basically a dream come true.

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6. Game Night

Planning a super romantic Valentine's date can be v stressful, especially if you just started dating. A game night is a low key date that'll take the pressure off. Hit up an arcade and bond with your S.O. over an old-school game of Frogger or a DDR battle. At the end of the night, you can use your tickets to buy each other a funny V-Day gift.

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7. Snow Date

Snow can be a major pain when you're trying to get to school, but it actually makes for a pretty awesome date. If it happens to be snowing on Feb. 14th, head outside and channel your inner Elsa. Build a snowman, have a snowball fight, or go sledding. And be sure to warm up with snuggles and lots of hot cocoa.

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8. Play Board Games

February weather isn't always the most romantic, so if you'd rather stay in on V-Day, channel your inner kids and play your fave childhood board games. It's a great way to laugh and bond without just watching a movie like usual.

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9. Ghost Tour

If you and bae are into ~creepy~ stuff, go online and see if a town near you has a walking ghost tour. Most cities have them for cheap and they're super fun. A guide (usually dressed in a Victorian costume) will take you to the spookiest spots in town and tell you scary stories all night long.

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10. Paint Together

Even if both of you are terrible at painting, a DIY night would be so much fun. Buy two canvasses and set them up back-to-back. You'll each paint a picture for each other as your gift – it'll be really good or hilariously bad. Either way you'll get a memorable night.

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11. Planetarium

There's nothing more romantic than laying out looking the stars, but in the winter that's not really doable. Instead, go to a planetarium for a night-time view of the sky sans the frigid temps.

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12. Burritos With Bae

If you don't want your little brother interrupting your V-Day date, but don't have the cash for a ~fancy~ dinner, hit up your fave fast food joint (Chipotle). You know the grub will be lit and it can be fun to split some of your fave treats in a low-key environment.

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Original Article by Kelsey Steigman at