How to save money on Valentines Day

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It’s that time of the year again. Shops and websites are stocked full of red roses, teddy bears holding cute messages suddenly appear in every window display, and restaurants are increasing their prices. It must be Valentines Day again.

According to Linkdex, us romantic Britain’s are predicted to spend an eye-watering £1.9 billion on V-Day this year, with the average person spending around £53.38.

So we all know that this can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. We’ve created a list of some of the easiest ways to save money on Valentines Day. Your significant other – and your bank account – will thank you for it.

How to save money on Valentines Day

Eat In, Not Out

One of the easiest ways to save money this Valentines Day is to cook for yourself. It can be anything from a single course meal to a three-course banquet, but cooking yourself saves you money, and shows how much you really care.

Social sharing sites such as Pinterest can be a gold mine of recipes if you’re planning on cooking, and all it takes is a little preparation ahead of time. Better yet, why not cook together.

Make sure you have a bottle of something on hand, and enjoy the experience. You’ll both appreciate the meal more, you’ll get to spend time together, and you’ll be saving money compared to eating out.


DIY Gifts and Cards

Nothing shows how much you mean to each other than hand-made gifts. They’re bespoke, one of a kind creations, and you’ve taken the time to make them yourself.

One simple idea is to buy a picture frame with multiple blank areas, and include photos from some of your favourite holidays or relationship highlights. For the truly creative, why not create a scrapbook instead?

You could construct your own hamper, simply purchase a basket and fill it with goodies that your loved one will adore. This allows for all kinds of combinations from food and wine to gifts and treats etc.

You might not be as artistic as Clintons, but you can show your significant other just how much they mean to you by creating your own cards. Again, Pinterest is the ideal website to source inspirational ideas and templates for your own hand-made cards.


Celebrate on a different day

Most shops and restaurants are going to be exceptionally busy over Valentines Day, and many retailers increase prices to take advantage of last minute shoppers.

Instead of joining the crowd and going for meal on the 14th, why not celebrate on a different day?

Pick a day that suits both of you, and make the necessary arrangements. This way you’ll get to enjoy some quality time with each other, and won’t be shouting to hear each other over the crowds.


Ditch the fancy chocolates, make your own

Homemade chocolates are easier than you think to make. Think strawberries covered in chocolate, heart shaped cookies and many more tasty treats.

Not only are you saving money compared to shop bought chocolates, your significant other can see how much time and effort you’ve invested in creating them something they can truly enjoy.

Website just as BBC Good Food and All Recipes have plenty of recipes readily available, with simple to follow instructions included.


Ask them what they really want

This shouldn’t just apply for Valentines Day, but too often than not individuals buy presents their significant other didn’t really want or need in the first place.

The best way to save money on gifts is to ask what the other really wants. This has a two-fold benefit, you get to save money, and they get a present they can really appreciate.


So there we have it, our top tips for saving money on Valentines Day. What do you think, how are you going to be saving money come V-Day?

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