Valentine’s Day Date Guide: Money Saving Tips
February 14th is fast approaching, and with it comes a lot of pressure to buy fancy dinners, expensive jewelry, and flowers that cost a lot, but don’t last. It’s easy to get carried away and before you know it, those costs can get out of hand. However, it doesn’t have to be that way; Even on a budget, you can create a very romantic Valentine’s Day for you and your special someone.
Going out to eat is the Valentine’s Day standby, but you can have a better time and save money by staying in. Get together in the kitchen and cook something extravagant together. Make the night more special by “breaking the rules” – eating somewhere other than where you normally do. Setting up a romantic space in the living room or on your balcony or patio can make your night in feel like a night on the town. Don’t forget the candles, string lights, and music to create that extra romantic ambience.
Scout out Deals
If you have your heart set on dining out, scout out some deals online. Sites like Groupon and LivingSocial have loads of great deals on eating out, wine tastings, and even special Valentine’s themed outings. Many of these deals offer 40%-70% off of goods and experiences, but book early, as the best deals sell out fast!
Save on Flowers
Everyone loves to get flowers on Valentine’s Day, but a bouquet of roses can run you upwards of $30. That’s a lot of money for something that will last only a week or two. If you’re committed to buying flowers, visit a local florist where you can pick your own. Go for tight buds instead of flowers that are already blooming. These closed flowers are still pretty and will last much longer than flowers already at their peak!
You can also fan the romance with a single red rose – the symbol of Valentine’s Day. Lay the rose on the table at dinner or sprinkle the petals to add to the atmosphere.
If you want to make your floral gift last, go for a potted plant. It’s a creative alternative to a flower bouquet that will last a long time - maybe even forever. Plus, your valentine will think of you whenever they see or care for the plant.
Create Your Own Romance
A gift from the heart means more than anything money can buy. There are so many ways to make a meaningful gesture with a DIY Valentine’s Day gift that costs little to no money. Be creative with handwritten letters, homemade Valentine’s cards, or a special playlist for your special someone. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even make your own chocolate covered strawberries for an indulgent dessert. Buying the supplies at the grocery store is much more affordable than buying pre-made strawberries.
Focus on the Experience
Experiences make for the most unique and memorable gifts, and they’re something you and your love can treasure forever. If the two of you are art lovers or history buffs, find a free day at a museum. You can spend the whole day together doing something you love – and you don’t have to spend any money on it. You can explore a new neighborhood, take a photo walk, attend a free concert, volunteer for a cause meaningful to you both, plan an at-home movie night, or stay in and play board games.
This Valentine’s Day, don’t get caught up in the commercial aspect of the holiday. Save money and spend time with the one you love. If you are planning something extra-special and need some extra cash, we’re here to help. AmeriCash Loans makes getting installment loans of up to $4,000 easy. Apply online or at an AmeriCash location in South Carolina, Wisconsin, Illinois and Missouri.
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