3 Valentine’s Day Ideas for Military Couples on a Budget

Published: January 27, 2023

For military couples, spending holidays together can be happenchance thanks to deployments and trainings. And if you are together, you want it to be special. 

If you’re looking for ideas to celebrate the holiday on a budget, there are plenty of creative and thoughtful ways to show your love and appreciation – without breaking the bank. Read on for three of our favorites. 

Enjoy a Picnic

Depending on your location, you may be able to pull off a picnic outdoors at a park, beach, or other preferred outdoor location. Find a spot where you can relax with a cozy blanket and take in the natural beauty of your surroundings. And if the weather isn’t on your side, you can still enjoy this option from home!

Put together finger foods such as sandwiches, salads, or light snacks for a memorable holiday meal. You can take it to the next level with picnic recipes like potato salad or coleslaw. For dessert, homemade chocolate-dipped strawberries are always a hit. 

Whether you enjoy each other’s company with some peaceful conversations or play around with some silly games, having a picnic is sure to be an enjoyable and special experience for any military couple looking for something out-of-the-ordinary to do on this holiday.

Make a Coupon Book

Show your love and appreciation for your military partner this Valentine’s Day by making a coupon book. This is a creative option that doesn’t take much time or effort, but it will sure help the holiday feel more personal and meaningful. 

You can create individual coupons for various things like breakfast in bed, a movie night, day of pampering, or day off from chores. Additionally, you can include coupons for budget-friendly experiences like exploring a new park or going on a mini day trip to check out a nearby town. With many fun low-cost ideas, you won’t have trouble finding ways to make your holiday special as a military couple. 

Cook Dinner Together 

One of the most common ways to show your love on Valentine’s Day is to cook a special holiday dinner. Even on a budget, you can make a delicious and romantic meal. And it’s an opportunity to try something new!

Start brainstorming recipes that may have a special meaning to you. For example, maybe your partner’s family makes the best lasagna, which you could recreate together. Or your hometown has a particular dish that brings a sense of comfort. Whatever it may be, use this as an opportunity to connect and spend quality time together.

Once you decide on your menu, shop for ingredients together at your local store or farmer’s market. If your budget is tight, take advantage of coupons or buy ingredients in bulk. This will help you stick to a reasonable budget and create a special holiday dinner as a military couple.

Lastly, when it comes to preparing the meal, have fun! Play music, dance, and make it an event rather than a chore.


With a few simple and inexpensive ideas, you can create an unforgettable Valentine’s Day while still showing your partner how much you care. For more money-saving resources, be sure to visit our Nourish the Service webpage.


By: Marla Bautista

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