Having a Romantic Valentine's Day Dinner on a Budget

Posted on 02/05/2010

Filet mignon? Lobster tails? Fresh oysters? These romantic meals can come with a high price tag—especially on Valentine’s Day when restaurant owners know people are more willing to pay a premium to impress their dates. Whether you want to go out on the town or stay in, here are some ways to have a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner on a budget.

Hit a Chain Restaurant - Big name chains will be banking on Valentine’s Day weekend to boost sales. That means you get good deals when dining out. Ruby Tuesday is offering a three course Valentine’s special for $19.99 a person. Certain locations of The Melting Pot are also offering five course dinners at set prices per couple.

Look for Free Perks - Some restaurants will be trying to beat out their competitors for your business by offering free perks. Look for restaurants like Bone Fish Grill, where every couple gets free Ferrero Chocolates plus the Steak and Lobster Duet is just $21.90.

Stay In the Easy Way - You can have all the romance of dining out without the annoying parts like crowded dining rooms and the big bill. Just head to a grocery store like Whole Foods, where there is an entire prepared foods section. They’ll have a big selection of items perfect for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner that you can take home, warm up, and enjoy.

Get a Gift Certificate and Save on Flowers - Right now at Restaurant.com you can get a $25 gift certificate for just $4 with coupon code BLOOM (Expires 02/08/2010). Once your order is complete you’ll receive an email that includes a link to FTD.com and everything on the site will be discounted by $15! Pick up a perfect Valentine’s bouquet for as little as $4.99 and save some money on your romantic meal.

Try Fast Food with a Twist - Candlelight and flowers sound great, but did you know you can get that at a fast food joint for Valentine’s Day? Make a reservation—yes a reservation—at participating White Castle restaurants for their romantic Valentine’s Day dinner. You’ll get five star treatment and fast food prices.

By Alison Storm

Legal Sea Foods - Splurge on lobster & seafood and save 10% with coupon code AFLQ12T through 03/31/2010. Be sure to check out the other great deals on everything from diamonds to chocolates at the UltimateCoupons' Valentine's Day Coupons page, too!

ProFlowers - Shop through the link provided to save $40 on the All-In-One Valentine's Day Special, which includes a dozen long-stemmed red roses, a teddy bear, and chocolates. Offer ends 02/12/2010.

* Hot deals expire quickly. This deal may no longer be valid.

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