Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and if you are young, in love and broke, here are some inexpensive ideas to get your romance flowing.

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  • Admire the view. Many state parks in wintery areas are desolate this time of year and offer great Valentine’s Day packages to entice guests to stay at their lodges. Many even throw in meal packages if they have an onsite restaurant. Sitting in front of a roaring fireplace with a great view of a snowy forest will feel luxurious without sacrifice.
  • See a show. If you can't afford to splurge for front row seats at a Broadway Show, check out the show season at your local university. The talent is high and the prices are low. If the show is at an alma mater that will sweeten the experience.
  • Make it a lunch date. Many upscale restaurants have lunch menus with smaller portions of the dinner menu for smaller prices. You can start Valentine’s Day early in the day and still have plenty of time for other activities.
  • Make sweets. Take a class at a local bakery. Many bakeries offer classes on everything from making cupcakes to elaborate cookie decorating. Factor in that you get to take home your dessert and the cost can be minimal.
  • Get in the spirit. Shop local by checking out the spirits stores around your neighborhood for wine/beer/liquor tasting events. Many events are free while others charge a fee but offer hors d’oeuvres.
  • Take a stroll down memory lane. Revisit places you went when you first met. Chances are if that was a while ago when your wallet was even emptier, those places are less expensive than ones you frequent now.
  • Gaze at the stars. Many planetariums and observatories have shows that are open to the general public for nominal or no fees.

 Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be a budget buster. Be creative and pick something personal and sentimental that your partner will appreciate.