I love everything about Valentine’s Day, from the sappy romantic movies to the yummy heart-shaped edible treats. While Valentine’s Day may not be for everyone, it’s a great excuse to spend some time with your loved one and simply enjoy each other’s company. For this reason, I am a huge advocate of saving money and celebrating Valentine’s Day at home in an intimate setting. So put the kids to bed early, take out the candles, and cook up a delicious at-home meal!
Cook at home!
Are you looking for some great restaurant-worthy dishes to try out at home? I have compiled my favorite budget-friendly dishes from some awesome frugal bloggers that will make any dinner a hit. Since Italians are known for their romance, here are some great Italian-inspired dishes to set the mood.
- This recipe is absolutely delicious! I paired it with a loaf of fresh French bread I got on sale at the grocery store and it was a total hit.
- If you have anyone with a big appetite or you want leftovers, this is a great dish to fix. A nice twist on traditional pasta that is full of flavor.
- A great homemade version of a classic dish. This one is perfect if you need a vegetarian option!
- A great dish with a great story! Perfect way to share a Valentine’s Day tradition.
Cheap, tasty wine
If you are looking for a great wine to compliment your meal, try going to a wholesale retailer such as Costco, BJ’s, or Sam’s Club. Trader Joe’s and World Market also have great wines for low prices (by signing up for a free membership at WM you can get additional deals on wine).
Remember, Valentine’s Day is all about spending time with a special someone. Forgo the crowds and hassle of going out and take a night in to relax and reconnect with these amazing eats!