Are you looking forward to spending Valentine’s Day with someone special, but not sure if you can afford to do so? Here are some tips for a frugal Valentine’s Day Getaway.
1. Plan ahead.
One tip to help you save money on hotel, dining and entertainment costs is to plan ahead. Hotel prices are driven by supply and demand. The longer you wait to reserve your room, and the more rooms the hotel sells, the more you’re likely to pay.
These sites often offer deeply discounted pricing on select travel packages, near and far from home. Just make sure you pay attention to blackout dates and the fine print before you make your purchase.
3. Save money off hotel costs, dining and even flowers with the Entertainment Book.
The Entertainment Book is available in select markets throughout North America and offers discounts on lodging, dining and entertainment costs. You’ll save the most money if you’re able to pick up the Entertainment Book when it’s on sale.
4. Save money off the price of a nice dinner with Restaurant.com gift certificates.
Restaurant.com sells gift certificates that can be used at participating restaurants throughout the United States. The gift certificates do require a minimum purchase. The gift certificates are frequently sold at a deep discount which are obviously the best deal.
5. Stay close to home.
When was the last time you explored your hometown? Valentine’s Day offers the perfect opportunity to explore your town like a tourist. Visit the local shops, dine at an independent establishment and spend the night at home in your own bed. You’ll save on gas, lodging and possibly entertainment.
6. Visit an off season destination.
If you have your heart set on a getaway far from home, consider visiting a location during the off season to take advantage of deeper discounts. Just double check the hours on any attractions you hope to see.
7. Look for a package deal.
When booking your room, ask if the property offers any packages. You may find a deal that includes lodging, meals and entertainment. Just do your research and check out individual pricing before you book to ensure you scored the best deal.
8. Skip the add-ons like flowers and wine.
While relying on someone else to take care of all the little details are nice, you’ll save money if you buy your own flowers, chocolates and wine and skip the add-on bundle a hotel may offer. So visit the Dollar Store for some fake rose petals, make your own chocolate covered strawberries and buy your favorite bottle of bubbly so you can splurge (or not) elsewhere.
Let’s face it, sometimes you can’t have everything. If money is an issue, consider whether you would rather spend the night away from home or dine at your favorite restaurant.
10. Be flexible on your dates.
Remember, you don’t need to celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 14th. You can save a lot of money by celebrating the weekend before or after this Lover’s Holiday.
How do you plan to spend Valentine’s Day?
Here are some posts written by some blogging friends that may give you some ideas.
- Surprise Your Valentine Giveaway
- A Valentine Surprise Giveaway Your Will Love
- 5 Simple Valentine Gifts for the Mom With Young Kids
- Splurge on a Romantic Dinner at Home and a Giveaway
- Surprise Your Valentine with Fabulous Gluten-Free Treats
- How to Surprise your Tech Savvy Valentine
- Tips for a Frugal Valentine’s Day
- The Ultimate Valentine Surprise
- Valentine Giveaway Fairies to the Rescue
- 50 Fun Date Ideas
- Romantic Winds are Blowing Your Way for Valentine’s Day
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