We’re convinced. Cost-effective IS romantic!
According to the National Retail Federation’s Valentine’s Day Consumer Spending Survey conducted by Prosper Insights and Analytics, the average person celebrating Valentine’s Day in 2015 will spend $142.31 on candy, flowers, apparel and more, up from $133.91 last year. Total spending is expected to reach $18.9 billion, a survey high.*
You can always pick the traditional roses, chocolates, and dining out, but at ECCU, we want you to know there are some very ‘romantic’ ways to save and still save face! Make this Valentine’s Day one where you, your loved one, and your wallet live happily-ever-after.
Consider these eight ways to save:
- Make it a picnic in front of the fireplace. Share a candlelit meal at home. Get takeout and rent your favorite movie. Eating out on Valentine’s Day can be costly. It’s also a super busy day at restaurants, making the service and food a bit of a gamble. (Note: When at home, add candles for ambiance.)
- DIY gifts are always a treat. Valentine’s Day is the type of holiday that’s perfect to make a gift for the one you love. If you’re not crafty, consider writing a letter or creating a photo collage of your favorite memories. No matter what your age, homemade is heartwarming.
- Peruse your favorite couponing sites. Yes, coupons ARE romantic! (At least the savings are.) And sites like Groupon can save you real dollars. Sites to check out: retailmenot.com, savingmyfamilymoney.com, uspromocodes.com, couponncode.com, thekrazycouponlady.com, passionforsavings.com, coupons.com, and livingsocial.com.
- Make a venerable red or pink Valentine’s Day card. The heart-shaped favorite has been around since the 1500s. (If you can’t seem to cut the heart out right, it’s okay to save on a card by shopping at the discount stores.)
For a cool look back at the card’s history:http://www.novareinna.com/festive/valcard.html
- Love this idea! Devise a treasure hunt. Create a list of clues and hide them throughout the house (or park…or somewhere else that’s special.) Each note should lead your Valentine to the next clue. The final note leads to your gift. The fun is in the hunt, instead of the gift.
- Make a one-of-a-kind “gift basket.” Create a basketful of small treasures the person in your life will love. Consider your Valentine’s hobby or interest, favorite food or occupation. Make it personal, fun, and economical.
- Buy a can of red spray paint. Spray paint a special message for your loved one on the snow in their front lawn (for everyone to see.)
- Shop, celebrate or dine out on Sunday, instead. Valentine goodies are always half-off the day after – and there’s plenty to do on a relaxed Sunday. (Note: the most perceptive shoppers will gather up the bargains on cards, gifts, or décor – for next year.)
At ECCU, we love saving you money every day. Our savings products, when teamed with direct deposit, can give the incentive you need to make saving a little easier on the wallet and always happier on the heart.
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