Valentine’s Day 2013 – Money Saving Tips and Ideas
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner folks, whether you like it or not. This special holiday is all about your one true love and showing your significant other just “how much” you really care. Consumer spending can usually get a little out of control on this “Hallmark holiday” of love. Total holiday spending is expected to reach close to $17.6 billion this year according to the National Retail Federation. Ouch!!!
Some people say that “love doesn’t cost a thing”, but we know better than that. BIGinsight conducted a survey that stated, the average person who celebrated this holiday last year spent a whopping $126.03 on gifts for their loved ones. It’s way too easy to set aside your financial hardship when love has got a hold of you! However, you don’t have to spend a small fortune to make that special someone truly happy.
Here are some tips to save you money and ideas to help you stay frugal while expressing your undying love:
- Do a chore or task that your loved one doesn’t like doing. This could be vacuuming the house, doing the dishes, cleaning the bathroom, or taking out the garbage (or all 4). Something that they usually always do themselves, but often complain about. They will be so happy and they’ll really appreciate the gesture.
- Instead of going to your local convenience store and just picking out any old card, make one yourself. You can create this lovely one-of-a-kind card on the computer or by hand. Try to be creative and let the love flow into creating that extraordinary card.
- Have an intimate dinner at home that you made yourself or cook together for more fun. If you really can’t cook or just don’t have the time, order out from a favorite local restaurant and pick it up or have it delivered. Create a romantic atmosphere by lighting some candles and playing soft lovely music.
- Find your favorite picture as a couple and put that picture on an everyday household item for them. You can put photos on just about anything nowadays. Whether it’s a coffee mug, mouse pad, calendar, t-shirt, ornament, etc. It is super easy to create and order the item online or get some help from in-store assistants at places like Walgreen’s or Wal-mart.
- Compose a burned CD or create a playlist on an MP3 player of love songs. Be sure to include the song that you both think of as “ours” or your wedding song. Use your computer and/or drawing skills to make a custom cover for the CD jewel case, if you burn a CD.
- Design your own flower arrangement in a pretty vase. Save money by buying individual flowers and arrange them yourself. Remember to cut the stems at an angle and the flowers will last longer. Another great tip is to drop a penny into the bottom of the vase before the flowers go in it. The penny will act as a fungicide and it will help the flowers stay vibrant and fresh for longer.
- Bake your sweetheart their favorite cake or dessert. If you’re afraid that you’ll mess it up, find a local bakery that makes it and place an order. After all, it’s the thought that counts!
- Use your natural talents to create something unique for him or her. If you like to write and are pretty good at it, create a poem or sonnet for them and get it framed. If you are a musician, write or sing a song that’s just for them. If you like to work with wood or metal, try creating a memory box for them to use as storage.
- Create fun or sexy “coupons” that your significant other can redeem at any time. Maybe it’s an hour long sensual massage or changing the oil in your car. Come up with fun and inventive ways to do favors for them or perform a service/chore.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to buy really expensive diamond jewelry or 12 dozen long-stem red roses to show the love of your life how much you care about them. This holiday should be about articulating your true feelings, which can just as easily be done with words, such as a poem or song. There’s no reason to break your budget and overspend this Valentine’s Day.
What are your Valentine’s Day plans or gift ideas? Do you think you are going to overspend on your loved one? Please leave your comments below.