8 Tips to Save Money at Valentine’s Day

Today we have a guest post from Tom Becker all about saving money during Valentine’s day. Personally I used to go all out on Valentine’s..flowers, chocolates, fancy dining. If only I had known these tips earlier 🙂

It might be an understatement to say that things can get a bit out of hand when it comes to expenses and Valentine’s Day. Sometimes it’s hard to restrain your spending when it’s on the one you love. However, when money is tight and you really can’t afford to go all out for Valentine’s Day, it’s important to know how to save some money.

If you still want to make your Valentine’s a special day, but not spend too much cash, here are some tips that may help you do just that.

1. Attention to Detail: Some of the coolest, most romantic, and most memorable restaurants, are also the least expensive. Cozy eateries, quaint diners, and dive bars can be great memory makers. Sometimes the characters you meet and the atmosphere of the place itself can make your date a more special occasion than any upscale restaurant dining experience.

2. Cupid Coupons: Coupons can be a great way to give your sweetheart something special without breaking the budget. Look for things that you can do yourself that would really surprise your darling. The coupons might be for cooking, cleaning, fixing things around the house, taking the kids out so that he or she has some alone time, or whatever, so long as they are for something special that you might not normally do.

3. Pampering is Free: Pampering might be one of the best inexpensive ways to make a Valentine’s Day romantic on a tight budget. Run a bath complete with candles and wine, offer a foot, hand or full body massage, give a facial, or maybe just wash and brush her hair to show how much you care for and appreciate her.

4. Day Trip: A drive in the car to somewhere romantic, unique or that is special for the two of you (such as the spot where you first met) can be a great way to spend the Valentine’s Day – and it might only take the price of gas to get you there. You might decide to bundle up and take a romantic walk once you are there, do a little exploring, or maybe even pack a picnic lunch if the weather allows in warmer climates.

5. Flowers: Other than jewelry and dinner, flowers can be one of the costliest Valentine’s Day gifts. While it’s hard to deny that many women won’t be a little disappointed if they don’t receive flowers, you can often save quite a bit of money by purchasing them at a supermarket rather than having them delivered or buying them from the florist.

6. Frivolities: Sometimes there is a difference between making Valentine’s Day special and just going overboard. If you’re looking for ways to save money this Valentine’s Day, consider avoiding those costly, yet somewhat frivolous items like balloons, stuffed animals (unless there is a hidden meaning), and other silly treats that so many stores thrust at you each February.

7. Focus on Your Sweetheart: Your Valentine’s Day doesn’t always have to be expensive to be special, especially if you know your sweetheart well. You might be able to play into his or her hand cheaply. Maybe she’s a pizza and beer girl, and is easily pleased. It could be that a cozy night in with a good movie and some popcorn is all it takes to hit her fancy. The point is that it’s not always the high-priced gifts that will make your love happy. If that’s the case, why spend several hundred dollars on dinner or a night out when he or she would be happy at home or with a $40 dining experience?

8. Watch the Wine: When it comes to wine or champagne for Valentine’s Day, it doesn’t always have to be pricey to be good. There is a huge selection of unique, yet reasonably priced wine out there, and you don’t necessarily have to spend $30 or $40 or more for a good bottle. There are so many mid-range labels available now that you can often find a gigantic selection of very good wines for between $5 and $15.

Editor’s note: I usually overdo things on the romantic side..breakfast in bed while I serenade my wife with Sinatra. On top of that, I always film it so my wife can be embarrassed for me all over again later. Ya, it takes a bit of time to prepare, some time to practice the song and make the food but it’s cheap and always enjoyable 🙂

Tom Becker writes about saving and investing money for MoneyCompare.com.au, an Australian comparison website where it’s easy to find a savings account stash some money for a rainy day.

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» CraigNo Gravatar said: { Feb 8, 2010 - 01:02:27 }

Keep it simple, Spending time should be enough, maybe just a simple home cooked meal would be nice.
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Jesse MichelsenNo Gravatar Reply:

Yep, the time spent is the whole point to me Craig. Sacrificing your time to make your loved one feel special, that’s Valentines day right there.

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