Sunday, February 14, 2010

Money Saving Tips for Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is so commercialized nowadays. Advertisers show commercials that focus mainly on buying women gifts. They also make women believe that the only time a man should show affection is on Valentine's Day. I believe if you show affection all year long you won't have to dash at the last minute to buy an expensive gift because you acted like a jerk last week. If couples treat each other with respect and communicate with each other and live in love, Valentine's Day will not seem as one the biggest holidays of the year.

Don't get me wrong I love getting gifts and love expressing love but if you focus more on giving love throughout the year and stop putting so much pressure on one single day as if that day will fix all the problems and make you forget about all the arguments and bad times.

Valentine's Day gifts and memories should be a bonus to a healthy relationship not a chore or ultimatum of "he better get me something nice or else". Gifts should not be a measure of how much someone loves and you should not fall in love with someone because of the gifts they give you.

If you know you significant other is financially strapped don't be selfish and ask for or expect an expensive gift. Be realistic and understanding and know that sometimes men need a little help with gift ideas and be appreciative of whatever you get. You could be with someone who didn't get you anything. Remember to give love and you will get love in return. Here are 9 tips to celebrate Valentine's Day and save money.

1. If you suspect your date feels uncomfortable or is short on cash offer to split the bill and don't get upset about it. Things happen. At least he was thoughtful enough to want to spend time with you. He may just be afraid to admit he is having financial problems.

2. Be honest. If you don't have money or your funds are limited be honest, she will understand and if she is not understanding she may be the one for you.

3. Write a love letter or love note. If you aren't in love yet, write a note expressing how you feel and what you like about your significant other.

4. Be creative with flowers. Everyone buys roses on Valentine's Day. Find out what her favorite flower is and buy that instead of roses. It will show her that you were listening to her and that you really care about her.

5. Give something from the heart. If you get a balloon or chocolate get a balloon with your significant other's name on it or get personalized chocolates or baked goods.

6. Make a quick getaway. Check online for specials for bed and breakfast inns that are inexpensive or stay overnight in a local hotel room.

7. Be romantic. Give each other massages with scented massage oils. Read love poetry. Watch romantic movies. Cook a romantic dinner, slow dance, gaze into each other's eyes, and then have "desert".

8. Free entertainment. Check your local newspaper for free events during Valentine's Day weekend.

9. Cook. If your significant other likes baked goods. Bake their favorite baked good and feed it to them or fix them breakfast in bed.

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