By Laura Thornquist, Special Contributor to

On Feb. 14, couples will hit the town with their significant other for a night of romance and decadence, and many will spare no expense. The average person will spend about $140 on gifts, dinner and other expenses for their special someone.

But, you can still take your special someone out and spend way less. Our money saving expert, Laura Thornquist, has some great deals out there to fit anyone’s budget.

Nothing says romance better than smothered hash browns. Waffle House will offer a refreshing alternative with reserved tables complete with white tablecloths and candlelight. Order up waffles, eggs, T-bone steaks and a side of love.

Better yet, how about puckering up for a freebie? Qdoba Mexican Grill will give you a buy one, get one free burrito when you share a kiss. Yes it can be a stranger in line too!

Or eat out on Valentine’s Day and get a freebie in return. Fogo de Chao will give out a free lunch or dinner dining card if you dine between Feb. 12 and 14.Spending time together is a great way to show your love. You can visit the Dallas Zoo or the Dallas Arboretum and walk hand-in-hand for just $5.

Want a wicked kind of love or need a reason to get close to your date? Well then just scare her! Check out Moxley Manors Valentine’s Day Massacre Haunted House.

If kids are in tow, check out your area shopping center where many are holding Valentine's Day crafts and music, or dads can take their daughters to American Girl for a Meal & Memories date.

Or the whole family can check out JD Miller’s live painting as he creates a masterpiece before their eyes for free.

For singles -- there's something special for you too! Take in some free speed dating at Fan Days. And single ladies can ditch their dates and head to Bowl & Barrel to dine for free. If you bring a picture of your ex to shred, you’ll even get a free drink!

Find these deals and more information online here.