Danger Zone: Inexpensive Valentine Dinner Emergency Help

Alright men it is hours until your woman is expecting you to do something amazing on this Valentine’s day. All the restaurants are booked but that doesn’t matter because your budget is slim. What do you do?

First don’t panic! Lets asses the situation. Is your place a complete mess? If so can you clean it up in time? If the answer is yes you can clean it then get to it. Focus on these areas Cooking/Eating, Bathroom, and Bedroom. If you have time clean living room.  The bathroom is a must because she will use it at least once.

If your place is beyond repair then you have two options pack everything up and go to her place or find a nice outdoor location and I hope you don’t live in the north.

If you have to move your dinner from your place get twp bags. In one bag place food items. in the other put mood setting items

Valentine Dinner

Valentine Dinner Idea

Lets keep it simple you don’t have a lot of time or money. Im recommend this “Filet Mignon with Rich Balsamic Glaze” recipe that I found on Allrecipes.com.  This might be a little more expensive than your typical easy mac dinner but it will be a hell of a lot cheaper than in the restaurant.

Shopping list

  • 2 (4 ounce) filet mignon steaks
  • ground black pepper
  • salt
  • balsamic vinegar
  • balsamic vinegar (up can serve this as well as cook with this)
  • Mixed green salad Salad
  • Salad Dressing
  • Feta Cheese
  • Grapes
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Asparagus
  • Olive oil
  • Mason Jar
  • Candle small enough to put in mason jar
  • Sand (from beach or playground just enough to put into bottom of mason jar)
  • Valentine Card

Valentine Dinner Main dish


  • 2 (4 ounce) filet mignon steaks
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar


Video Directions

  1. Sprinkle freshly ground pepper over both sides of each steak, and sprinkle with salt to taste.
  2. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Place steaks in hot pan, and cook for 1 minute on each side, or until browned. Reduce heat to medium-low, and add balsamic vinegar and red wine. Cover, and cook for 4 minutes on each side, basting with sauce when you turn the meat over.
  3. Remove steaks to two warmed plates, spoon one tablespoon of glaze over each, and serve immediately.

Valentine Dinner Side Dish


  • Asparagus
  • Salt
  • Peper
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil


  1. Place a tablespoon of olive in a frying pan warm.
  2. Place rinsed Asparagus stalks in pan
  3. Lightly sprinkle Asparagus with salt and pepper
  4. Cook for 2-3 minutes until tender (easy to poke with a fork)

Valentine Dinner Salad


  • Mix green salad
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Feta cheese
  • Grapes
  • Salad dressing


  1. Wash and cut cherry tomatoes in half
  2. Wash and cut grapes in half
  3. Wash salad mix.
  4. Mix feta cheese, grapes tomato, spring salad mix.
  5. Drizzle with dressing and mix.

Here is a helpful life hack for cutting cherry tomatoes

Cherry tomato life hack

Setting the mood for your Valentine Dinner.

Setting the mood is important. Here is how to do it.

  1. Take clean mason jar and fill the bottom ¼ with sand.
  2. Place candle in the jar and light the candle
  3. Place the jar with candle in the center of your clean table
  4. Arrange food on plate with some thought don’t just slap it on there
  5. Grab your smartphone or computer and play some jazz music
    1. Use Slacker Radio or Pandora
  6. have the card setting next to her plate

Your candle should look something like this

Valentine Candle Decoration

If you can do all this in the time you have you will hit it out of the park. Good luck and Happy Valentine’s day.

Need More Date Ideas? Check out our article “15 inexpensive and incredible date ideas

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