Other ways you can save
Celebrating after February 14th isn’t the only way to stretch your dollar. Tips for an economical Valentine’s include:
- Plan an experience. Show your sweetheart that you pay attention by tailoring your gift to your date. Focusing on your partner’s interests blows the generic scheme of dinner and chocolates out of the water. Accompany an art admirer on a trip to a local museum. Star-crossed lovers? Go stargazing. If your lovebird likes to learn, take a class together — cooking, pottery, whiskey tasting, you name it! Add a picnic to any of these options, and you’re golden. If you’ll have to wait until the weekend to go out, put event tickets in a heartfelt card before handing them to your lover on the 14th. Your valentine will not only feel appreciated, but also have fun to look forward to.
- Make dinner. A no-brainer for strict budgets, cooking in saves money and takes effort — which might be all your Valentine is looking for. Plan a meal around your partner’s tastes. Millions of recipes online cater to all types of diets and restrictions, with ratings for taste and difficulty. If it sounds overwhelming, just remember to KISS — Keep It Simple Stupid. Pasta and salad are perfectly acceptable, just don’t forget wine and dessert to round it out. Pick up inexpensive tealights for your flame, and you’ll bask in the perfect evening without blowing the bank.
- Still want to give flowers on February 14th? Skip on too-obvious red roses. A typical crimson stem can jump to twice as much as usual on Valentine’s Day, and that’s before factoring in bouquet details, packaging and shipping. Many more beautiful options out there can save you some coin and still pull the heartstrings, so poke around to learn what your steady is into. Consider ordering in advance from a floral site to take advantage of discounts and lower delivery fees, or break from the Internet altogether by arranging a pickup with a local florist. Want to show your beloved you can nurture a relationship? Look at gifting an orchid or another beautiful plant that requires consistent love and attention.