The Best Valentine's Day 2023 Meal Deals For A Student's Budget
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The Best Valentine's Day 2023 Meal Deals For A Student's Budget

Jasmyne Jeffery February 3, 2023

Let’s be honest, no one has the money for any elaborate gifts or fancy dinner reservations this Valentine’s Day. However, that doesn’t mean the day can’t still be romantic and celebrated. Plenty of UK supermarkets have some delicious Valentine’s Day 2023 meal deals on offer, and we can give you the best ones. Whether your student loan just isn’t cutting it or you’re saving for post-uni plans, February 14 can still be noteworthy by staying in.

Students more than ever don’t have money for luxuries and unfortunately, that means Valentine’s Day. We all want to treat the ones we love to show them how much we care, but fancy meals just aren’t an option this year. You can still make the night special for your partner or best friends by getting a Valentine’s meal deal from your favourite supermarket.

The Best Valentine’s Day 2023 Meal Deals

Whether it’s a meal deal that requires minimum effort or a dinner kit so you can show off your cooking skills, the following offers will save you some money this February 14.

Aldi Is Cheap And Cheerful

Aldi is a student’s best friend and they have some really affordable options for Valentine’s this year. One of their options comes as cheap as £8 for two, which includes a starter, main and a dessert. If you want to add a bottle of wine then their Grapevine Pinot will only cost an extra £2.99. This meal deal has garlic bread to start, lobster-filled pasta as your main and then a chocolate melt for dessert. You really can’t go wrong with that.

There are other more expensive options that include steak, scallops and profiteroles, but even their most expensive one is under £20 with the wine included. Aldi even offers plant-based options for vegans and vegetarians.

M&S Valentine’s Day Meal Deal

This one is a firm favourite on February 14 to get something special but to keep costs down. In stores from February 9, their package includes a starter, main, dessert and a drink. You definitely won’t be limited on options either, with M&S having 7 of each course available which you’re free to mix and match. They also have vegan and vegetarian options and include alcohol-free options too.

The M&S Valentine’s Day meal deal is always popular, even letting you preorder your combination before they hit stores. It’s not surprising really when their meals include soufflé, stroganoff, parfait, brownies and profiteroles. The more high-end supermarket isn’t often a student’s choice when doing the weekly shop, but for £20 for all that definitely works on a student’s budget.

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Asda’s Valentine’s Option

For those who aren’t bothered about a drink and have a bottle of pop at home, Asda’s Valentine’s Day 2023 meal deal could be the one for you. With the option to swap out a bottle of wine for a box of chocolates, even with a dessert included, Asda is for those with a sweet tooth. If your maintenance loan has meant cutting back on treats, then February 14 is the day to indulge yourself.

Asda’s option costs £15 for two and offers a starter, main and dessert, as well as two sides and wine/chocolates. Plus, they’ve added 17 new options for 2023 meaning there are five starters and eight mains to pick from. Options include truffle mac n cheese with beef, plant-based beef wellington and mushroom arancini.

If you’re not fussed about the wine, then Asda’s Valentine’s deal is perfect.

Tesco’s Deal Is Cheaper With A Clubcard

If you’ve not already got a Tesco Clubcard, then we don’t know what you’re waiting for. Those already signed up can get Tesco’s Valentine’s Day meal deal for two for only £12. This includes a main, side, dessert and drink — so no starters or chocolates here.

That being said, they still have some tasty options for your money. For mains, you have the choice of a vegetable moussaka, salmon, make-your-own burgers and even duck breast. For that sweet treat at the end, Tesco is offering brownies, millionaire’s tarts and melt-in-the-middle puddings. It’s no surprise if your mouth is watering already.

It’s not every day that you get to eat like this when you’re a student, so make the most of the £12 offer, even if you don’t have a partner. There are no rules against buying a couple of Valentine’s meal deals and having a Galentine’s Day feast with your flatmates.

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Jasmyne Jeffery is a full-time Entertainment and News Writer on university-themed website Freshered and HITC, and joined the company having previously worked in a freelance role. She attended the University of South Wales where she was also a student blogger and graduated in 2022 with a first-class honours degree in English and Creative Writing. Now, she puts her creativity to use reviewing university bars, Love Island episodes and the latest apps any 18-25-year-old is using.