Treat Yourself: A Single’s Guide to Celebrating Valentine’s Day On a Budget'/

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Single people, as a rule, get a little down around Valentine’s Day. For the person longing for a connection with another person, few things can be more depressing than seeing everyone else’s glee at having a partner. Still, there’s no reason that you have to spend Valentine’s Day huddled up in a Snuggie drinking by yourself and being miserable about being single. The antidote to being depressed on Valentine’s Day is to do something really fun, interesting and memorable for yourself. Best of all, you don’t have to spend much money. A solo date is, by definition, half the cost of a regular date — and there are a number of things you can do for no cost at all.

Personal Project

Like many people, there’s a good chance you have a personal project sitting on the back burner at all times. You keep saying that you’re going to get around to it, but it never materializes. Rather than put it off another day, make a date with yourself: On Valentine’s Day, you work on it. Sure, you’re not going to finish the novel you’ve been kicking around in your head in a single night. However, taking some time to get started on these projects, whether it’s woodworking or painting will take your mind off your distaste of single life and allow you to use the evening productively. The cost? Well, whatever you spend on supplies, but it could be free.

Take a Class

Similarly, Valentine’s Day can be a great time to treat yourself to a new skill. While you can’t always time it right, if you live in a city of any size, there’s almost always a class going on any given night of the week. Whether you want to take up sewing or learn the art of burlesque, there’s something for you that a quick Google search can find. If you’re particularly sensitive about being single on Valentine’s Day, you’re going to want to look for something where there won’t be a lot of couples. Prices vary depending on what you learn, but you can easily do this for under $50.

A Day at the Spa

You’re always thinking about treating yourself, but you never end up doing it. Well, Valentine’s Day is the right day to do it. Give yourself permission to treat yourself to everything the local spa has to offer. Lay back and let yourself enjoy the lap of luxury at your local spa. Get skin treatments, massages and often fed some of the most indulgent food in a 50 mile radius. The cost of a day at the spa varies greatly from one place to another, as well as the services you partake in. You can get away with this for $50, though the more you spend, the more you’re going to get. $250 is a lot of money, but can leave you with a truly memorable day.

Explore Your City

If you live in a city, especially a big one, there’s a good chance you have a long list of things to do in the city normally reserved for tourists. Whether it’s checking out local monuments or hitting up the museums you always talk about going to, but never visit, you can spend Valentine’s Day being a tourist at home. Then when you do have a date you can show them all the interesting nooks and crannies of the city that you discovered. Best of all? You can even do this one for free, besides the cost of transportation.

Speed Dating

You’re not the only single person looking for romance on Valentine’s Day. IF you feel like your romantic life is in a rut, why not be proactive about it? Speed dating is gimmicky, but you get to meet a lot of people in a very short period of time. Plus, you can have a lot of fun if you think about it being more about the experience than actually meeting someone you’re going to spend your life with or even date. Speed dating rarely costs more than $40 per person. You can even pair up with a friend that night so you have someone to talk to after the end of the night.

Valentine’s Day for Singles

Being single on Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean you have to be lonely, bored or depressed. All of the above work just fine for the single person flying solo or two single people looking to get some quality time together. While your attached friends are out spending a ton of money trying to create an air of romance, you’re out and about having fun on a budget. It might not be your favorite way to spend the day. But we can almost guarantee you won’t regret a moment of it.

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Published February 14, 2012 Updated: December 27, 2012
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