Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and for those who enjoy celebrating the most romantic day of the year, they know that there’s no dearth of ways to show love for your partner, your family or your friends. However, this holiday has been known to be costly, as flowers, chocolates, a nice bottle of wine and a night out can really add up. According to Bankrate’s 2017 Be My Valentine Index, Valentine’s Day in the United States amounted to $580.98 per couple.
However, you can shower your loved ones with affection without breaking the bank. While it can be tempting to go all out, we have a few tips on how to save money while also giving your loved ones an amazing Valentine’s Day.
- Plan how much you want to spend, and set expectations. You might have a significant other who loves everything about Valentine’s Day. Or you might have a significant other who thinks it’s really just overhyped by Hallmark to sell cards. Whatever the case may be, it’s important to keep them in the loop with regards to how much you can afford to spend on them this year. The only thing worse than overspending on a holiday is leaving your loved ones disappointed because of a lack of communication about finances.
- Set your date night early or late to save money. There’s certainly no law stating you have to have your Valentine’s Day date night on February 14. In fact, we actually suggest celebrating on a day or two before or after, in order to avoid crowds or being gouged by prix fixe menus designed specifically for Valentine’s Day. You also won’t be fighting to get a reservation or worrying about getting a table along with many other couples who are doing the same thing.
- Channel your internal florist. Instead of buying an expensive pre-designed bouquet from a florist, visit the floral section at your local supermarket to make your own personal arrangement. You can choose less expensive flowers to create a beautiful arrangement tailored to the taste of your loved one.