Americans spent an average of $147 per person on Valentine’s Day last year according to Fundivo and are expected to spend an estimated altogether $20 million in 2017! We understand how easy it is to get caught up in the marketing hype filling your feed this February, so we have put together some ideas on ways to celebrate while avoiding financial heartbreak.
You can still go the traditional route of giving candy, cards, flowers and dinner, but get creative!
Ditch the gourmet chocolate and make your own chocolate covered strawberries, truffles, or cookies. Making your own goodies is probably not as hard as you may think and if you search for these online, you’ll find many easy to follow recipes.
Get out the construction paper and scissors and come up with your one-of-a-kind card. Not only will it be less expensive, but it will be much more meaningful.
Opt for uncommon flowers instead of traditional roses. You can find many other varieties for more than half of what it would cost for a dozen red roses. Think about giving a potted plant—not only will it save money, but it is something that will last much longer.
Many restaurants have better prices earlier in the day. If you can, schedule your dinner a little earlier and save big. Another great option is simply cooking at home. You can check weekly ads for discounts on seafood, special drinks and other romantic dinner essentials.
Remember when it comes to Valentine’s Day, it really is the thought that counts. You can still make your special someone feel loved while not breaking the bank.