Valentine’s Day can be expensive. From the flowers to the candy to the dinner out and jewelry gifts, you might be wondering if there is a smarter way to spend your hard-earned dollars on the romantic holiday. The truth is, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to show your loved ones you care.
We asked our readers what they planned to do to save a buck this Valentine’s Day. Here are 14 of their best money-saving Valentine’s Day tips!
Save on Valentine’s Day With These Ideas
- Take advantage of two-for-one dinners.
- Spend time with each other instead of buying gifts.
- Take advantage of winter travel rates (if it’s safe for you to travel during the coronavirus pandemic).
- Cook and bake at home. (One person even mentioned splurging on steak and lobster dinner with chocolate cake at home!)
- Buy flowers at Costco, Trader Joe’s or Aldi. (These stores really do have some of the best deals on flowers.)
- Buy Valentine’s Day merchandise after Valentine’s Day. (It pays to wait until a few days after!)
- Stay single. (True enough. Some restaurants offer great deals for singles!)
- Watch movies at home instead of going out to the movies. (Here are free ways to watch movies!)
- Ignore it. This was an idea several folks had: “Don’t celebrate it. That’s what anniversaries are for.” “Sleep through it.” “Ignore it completely.”
- Create DIY cards, flowers and gifts. You can certainly save money by being creative!
- Just be kind. Love doesn’t mean you have to buy someone something.
- Simply say, “Happy Valentine’s Day.” Short and sweet!
- Watch for the sales.
- Take advantage of coupons.
- Bonus: Watch out for romance scams that can steal your money!
Great Deals on Gifts Right Now
How Clark Howard Saves Money on Valentine’s Day
If you’ve ever wondered how money expert Clark Howard saves on Valentine’s Day, here are his tips!
Clark gets his wife flowers from Costco ten days before Valentine’s Day before prices spike. Another great option is Aldi: You can get a single red rose for an incredibly cheap price! Nurseries can cut flowers at good prices too.
The Dollar Store is one of Clark’s favorite for seasonal items including greeting cards that cost only $1 for two cards.
Another thing Clark recommends is to buy your Valentine’s Day candy the day after Valentine’s — you’ll save up to 75%!
What other ways have you found to save on Valentine’s Day? Share your tips in the comments below!