You know I’m all about money, wealth and the “Bottom Line”.
Valentine’s Day is no exception. It happens to be the 3rd most expensive holiday.
It’s supposed to be a sweet day of “fertility and love”, according to the Romans. I won’t take you down the path to the original story (not as fun loving as we have it now). But it also does not mean you have to max out the credit card on jewelry to show your love. I have better ideas for your credit cards that will make you money…another time.
My gift to you is: How to make your loved ones feel special…without breaking the bank.
1. The gift of time is the number one requested gift
Precious, yet inexpensive present is the gift of time. Instead of spending money, spend quality time together. You can keep it simple and watch a movie at home. Or, you can get creative with old pictures and make a scrapbook. However, you choose to spend your time, you won’t have to spend a dime.
2. The Day After Valentine’s Day
Like most holidays, merchandise goes on sale the day after the holiday! This year the 14th is on a Thursday. You can use Friday as your shopping day and get together on Saturday. Save big on store discounts, usually items like chocolate and teddy bears marked down to half price at your local pharmacy or grocery store. There is no law that says it must be a dozen long stem roses and diamonds. February 15th and 16th are perfect this year (2019). Finding the perfect restaurant for date night is hard enough, but on Valentine’s Day it’s ten times more difficult! You’ll be competing with tons of other people to make a reservation, and popular restaurants will fill up quick. Not to mention, many restaurants raise menu prices or have fixed dinner rates for two on Valentine’s Day. To avoid the crowd and the cost, wait until February 15th to go out for dinner. Love will still be in the air, but more coins will be in your pocket.
3. Get creative
Remember when we said it’s the thought that counts? It’s true! If you have an inside joke between you and that special someone or you know just what will make them smile, make a gift that reflects that yourself. You can write a poem, make a card, create a picture collage and more! Sometimes, being creative will get you more bonus points than spending a ton of money. Especially if you personalize the gift. Don’t worry about being perfect, it’s the thought that counts.
4. Eating in is just as fun?
If you want to save a ton, avoid going out to eat all together, cooking your own dinner is always an option. The groceries you purchase can usually last for more than one night. Plus, you and your lover, friends or family can bond while you prepare your meal. Making dinner together is a great way to bond and make memories with your Valentine.
According to market research firm IBIS World, Valentine’s Day sales reached $17.6 billion last year; this year’s sales are expected to total $18.6 billion. Please don’t break the bank trying to prove or impress. This will be less stress on you and for you loved one. There are more profitable ways to use your money.
The Queen of Making it happen..