Hit The Town
This doesn't automatically mean you need to head out for dinner, dessert and drinks. Maybe eat at home, and then head out for a drink at your favourite bar. Get there early enough and you might just make it in time for Happy Hour!
Have a Picnic on the Beach
The romantic date that has stood the test of time, and certainly won't cost you an arm and a leg! Grab some cold meats and rolls from the supermarket, or load up on a takeaway pizza, pop the blanket in the boot, and head for your closest shoreline.
Cook Together at Home
This mightn't be everyones cup of tea, but there's something a little special about making a mess in the kitchen, and bonding over a hearty home-cooked meal. Pull out the candles, and you're fine dining without the extortionate pricetag.
Score a Meal Deal
Thank goodness Valentines Day has fallen on a Wednesday this year! That means $7.50 Schnittys at North Gong Hotel, $10 Schnitty & Fries at Dagwood Bar & Kitchen, $1 Dumplings at Humber, and a whole lot more. Just keep your eye on those chalkboards with all the specials!
Ditch the expensive dinner, and head out for a romantic dessert. Lucky for you, the Illawarra is home to a plethora of yummy sweet havens:
Clique Brothers – Wollongong
Cold Rock – Wollongong & Shellharbour
Gelato Emporium – Bulli
Kurtosh – Wollongong
Max Brenner – Wollongong
Paffuto Italiano – Wollongong
San Churro – Wollongong
Sugar Cube – Wollongong
Tella Balls – Shellharbour
Vafflers – Dapto
Cheese & Wine Night
This one kind of speaks for itself. Fill the trolley with cheese, olives, cold meats, crackers and crack open a nice bottle of wine.
Hit a Movie
If you're willing to look past the snacks, heading to the cinema can be a fairly affordable excursion. Nab a $15.90 ticket to catch a flick in a Hoyts Warrawong Recliner, or head next door to the Gala for $13 tickets. Don't forget there's also Greater Union Wollongong & Shellharbour to hit up, and if you're a CineBuzz member you'll nab a movie ticket for just $10.