1) Choose Another Day - So much of the hurt to your wallet on Valentines Day is caused by trying desperately to fit everything in on February 14th. Because of the law of supply and demand, if everyone wants something (demand) and there is only one day (supply) it can be granted then that prices will be much higher. If you celebrate on February 15th or 16th, retailers are trying to get rid of their Valentine-themed merchandise, flowers shop are liquidating roses and restaurants are trying to get people back in the door. Why not pick up everything you would normally buy on the 14th for half price?
3) Re-define 'Celebrating Your Love' - Where does it say Valentine’s Day must be about couples? Redefine what 'celebrating your love' means on Valentine’s Day and include your children. Give them the task of creating the most frugally fabulous Valentine’s they can. Not only will you get a different Valentine’s Day night than if you and your spouse planned it but you will also be making budgeting a fun project for your kids!
4) Enjoy A Day For You - So much of Valentine’s Day marketing is spent focusing on couples. If you’re single, why not relish it? If you can afford the time, book a day off work and take advantage of all the great Tuesday discounted spa deals. If you don’t want to head out, why not have a home spa complete with a scented bath and facial. We all know how much money can be spent on beauty so a discounted spa day or day at home means more money in the bank for you.
Tiffany Mealia is the Editor-in-Chief of She's So Savvy. Visit her blog for more money-saving ideas!