Keep It Simple | 4 ways to save this Valentine's Day

If you celebrate Valentine’s Day, it’s hard to know where to save money. Do you go out to dinner or get a nice gift? Or should you try and do it all? It’s hard to know the answer, so let’s chat about some ways you can save money next week for V-Day.

 1. Set a limit on gift spending

Communicate with your significant other about how much you are both willing to spend. If you discuss and agree on a price limit before you begin shopping, both of you will have a better idea about the types of gifts you will get each other. By discussing this first, you can avoid disappointment and frustration.

2. Choose to make it about the experience

Sure, Valentine’s Day is a great day to go out, but why not save and spend the night in? Make some fun memories in the kitchen together by choosing a dish that you would never normally create or a dessert that is decadent. Even if you don’t cook or bake well, at least you’re bonding over the experience and being terrible in the kitchen together.

3. Make gifts at home

Making Valentine’s Day gifts at home can not only inspire you to be creative, but can help you keep your wallet fat. According to the National Retail Federation, a 2014 survey revealed that the average person spends around $133.91 on gifts, dinner and more. So create something that you and your SO consider an inside joke or a cute booklet for all the reasons why you love each other. It’s not the gift, it’s the thought behind it that counts.

4. Choose one or the other, not both

If the budget is tight this year but you both still want to celebrate, just scale back your usual plans. Instead of a movie and dinner, just do one. Whatever you end up doing, the most important thing to remember is that you are celebrating your love for each other, not the gifts that will be forgotten in a few weeks.