BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Hey Baton Rouge, it’s February and you know what that means? Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.

Valentine’s Day is a fun way to show your loved ones you care, but planning the perfect date can be stressful. Ranging from getting gifts to booking reservations at their favorite restaurants, costs can add up.

Need to have a nice evening out without breaking the bank? Whether you’re spending the day with a special someone or spending it with your closest friends, here are a few suggestions for date night, without hurting your wallet.

Movie Tuesday. Cinemark has discounted movie tickets all day on Tuesday (when Valentine’s Day falls). If you don’t want to go to a theater, you can watch your favorite movie in the comfort of your own home. Grab your favorite snacks and get cozy.

Prepare a meal at home. Cooking at home can be an intimate experience with someone. You would have full control of the menu and create it to your liking. Working collaboratively lets you bond and enjoy a meal together.

Plan a picnic. It can be a simple, yet thoughtful date to pick a scenic spot and grab your loved one’s favorite foods as an outdoor dining treat. Get rained out? Set up camp in the living room with some twinkle lights.

Play games together. Set up a nice pallet of board games for you and your partner/friends. Getting competitive – without flipping the board – is fun and entertaining.

Paint together. There are many online pre-designed canvases that you can order. Or visit your local art store, grab a few blank ones and let your imagination run wild.

Create a charcuterie board. Building a charcuterie board can be a fun way to blend both your favorite options and see how everything pairs.

Go sweets shopping. Baton Rouge has a wide variety of shops selling sweets and desserts to choose from. Take your partner/friend for ice cream, donuts, cupcakes or bake something at home.

Have a self-care day. Grab a couple of face masks, give each other massages, listen to music, and write down what you’re grateful for with your partner or friend.

If you plan on going on to dinner, here are a few places that can offer a fancy experience with affordable options.

  • Roux 61
  • Cecilia Creole Bistro
  • Outback Steakhouse
  • Eliza Restuarant
  • Bin 77 Bistro
  • Zea Rotisserie
  • Gino’s Restaurant