I’ll be the first to admit my overspending habit on holidays (and I do suffer the consequences afterward). Well, Valentine’s Day is within reach–and if you’re anything at all like most of us–perhaps you should consider a few frugal tips to help save money while keeping your Valentine’s Day special.
Shop online at vintage sites and sites for under $100
On Valentine’s Day, some people equate their partner’s love with the amount of money that they spend–I disagree. But at least your gift can look expensive with high-quality designer wear for a fraction of the cost. If you didn’t know, there’s more than one way to rock the latest fashions without exhausting your wallets. It’s more cost-efficient to buy items online than to visit the designer stores. Online items and gifts are sold for under $ 100 for him and for her if you search the right sites. Try UrbanOutfitters.com, Amazon.com, menswarehouse.com, eBay, ShopStyle.com, KennithCole.com, HauteLook.com, or ruelala.com. In addition, you can give your gift a creative touch by buying gifts baskets to ship to your sweetie’s job with a special message attached if you search ftd.com or www.giftslikethis.com.
A lovely spa day for two
If chocolates are a favorite, then your date would absolutely enjoy a Valentine’s Day body chocolate wrap, chocolate facial and couples massage. Of course you can find special offers and spa packages at places like Confidence Beauty Salon or Fusion Spa , but giving a personal massage in the correct way is intimate and romantic. Super Massage or The Art of Sensual Massage: 40th Anniversary Edition by Gordon Inkeles is an instruction guide on how to give a romantic massage that your love will never forget.
“Going to a spa with your partner allows the two of you to share a setting, a feeling of togetherness, peace and tranquility,” says Clarence Williams, a Licensed Massage Therapist from Union, New Jersey.
Dine at home with the Neelys: a recipe for romance
Some say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, so here’s how to stir up a smoking Valentine’s Day dish to do just that. Foodnetwork.com features a Valentine’s Day menu full of chocolaty must-haves and make-it-together recipes that can complete a romantic date night. Patrick and Gina Neely, Co-owners of Neely’s Bar-B-Que, share some of their “recipes for romance” on the Food Network show Down Home with the Neelys. Gina claims that some of her greatest dishes such as “Get Yo Man Chicken,” helped her win her way to Pat’s heart.
Give an awesome fragrance
Crushing on a Facebook friend? Send them a heart
You can Tweet or Facebook a message heart on February 14, and Macy’s will donate $2 to the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement. Fans of Macy’s Facebook page are able to send cute virtual phrases including “be mine,” “text me,” “call me” or choose their own unique messages to send.
Put together a Valentine’s Day candy and cookie buffet with the little ones
Nothing is sweeter than spending quality time on a special day with the little ones baking cookies and cakes. Party City has all the sweet arrangements to create a fun Valentine’s Day buffet in a combo of red, white and shades of pink. The buffet includes candy, cupcakes, cake pops and cookies to put your Valentine’s Day treats together in a perfect display for kids of all ages to enjoy.
Take advantage of the coupons and gift certificates
Don’t feel bad about using coupons–being cost efficient is a smart move. Around holiday season, clothing stores and restaurants offer coupons on their website that actually help save money. Most of the websites have a section that prompts you to enter your email address to receive special discounts. BathandBodyWorks.com offers several coupons that allow customers to buy a bulk of items for the price of one or two items. In addition, if you look on restaurants.com, which lists the best local restaurants, you can enjoy a fantastic meal for two by purchasing gift certificates that costs as little as $3 to $10.
Valentine’s Day romantic get away
The Poconos is a well-known resort for lovers to connect. It’s a perfect spot for newlyweds to plan a night away anytime throughout the month of February, “The Month of Love,” for less than $200. You can’t go wrong with choosing a resort that includes exquisite dining, dancing all night with a live-band or (my favorite) the Chocolate Fantasy Buffet–if that’s your idea of a fun and romantic evening.