How to Nail Valentine’s Day Without Dropping a Ton of Money – A Visual Guide

Valentine's Day doesn't need to be expensive, commercial, or stressful. We've got an outline for an amazing evening at home, no jewelry required.

Andrew is the founder and editor of Primer. He's a graduate of American University and currently lives in Los Angeles. Read more about Primer on our About page. On Instagram: @andrewsnavely and @primermagazine.

  • David

    Great article. Certainly a big help for us guys who are strapped for cash.

    As always, thank you.

  • MATT

    One of the best articles I have read on the subject of Valentines Day.

    Thank you for all your hard work.

  • Kevin

    Thanks for the great ideas! Primer again for the win on covering what is pertinent to guys like us.

    Another inexpensive “thoughtful” idea is a scavenger hunt or trail of sweet notes that you’ve hidden earlier. She’ll love how original and thoughtful you are and it gives her something to talk about with her friends the next day.

  • Andrew

    David and Matt, so glad you guys liked it! Thanks for the nice comments, I really appreciate that.

  • Andrew

    Kevin, Great idea!

  • the_raven

    the article looks (and sounds) good indeed, I wonder what will we say AFTER v-day xD

  • nftmlk

    How do you make sure the card gets there on Valentines day and not a day earlier or day later?

  • Andrew

    If the card gets there a day early, it’s not the end of the world. Better early than late.

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  • Jack

    iTunes tip = awesome.
    Along the same lines, stalk her on Pinterest. Easiest way to find out things she likes, recipes she’s been wanting to try, stuff she’s been wanting to buy.

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  • Stephanie

    That is such a man’s meal

  • Jacob Crim

    The girlfriend and I have always talked about doing a French themed day. Where we eat French food, drink champagne and watch our favorite French films all day. We still havent done it. So I have found three stunning French recipes I am going to prepare for her. Got the champagne already. And I am finally going to see Amelie. I’ve never been this excited for Valentines Day.

  • Alejandro

    Glitch mob is a great band. Should also consider Astronautica, which has a more romantic element to it.

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