With Valentine’s Day fast approaching it is tempting to give loved ones tokens of your affection.
This is the BIG DAY for florists and chocolate makers and lingerie companies.
Places like Vermont Teddy Bears and 1-800-Flowers vow to make your sweet someone’s heart sing from your gift.
Not to forget jewelry stores and restaurants.
How much do you think is appropriate to spend for this holiday?
The National Retail Federation does a survey each year asking about consumers intentions. Last years results estimated spending over 13 Billion dollars on Valentine’s Day, or about $103 for the average person. This year’s survey estimates that amount to go up, somewhere around $116 per consumer, or almost 16 Billion dollars worth of Valentines business.
The survey also showed that people intend to spend around $5 on gifts for their pets, up from $3 last year.
Consider a home cooked meal or even take out to save on expenses.
While flowers are traditional, does your loved one really need roses?
And if you want to splurge on jewelry, consider one of a kind and handmade pieces that show you put some thought into the selection – or something vintage from a flea market or a local jeweler’s estate section.
And for your pet – maybe the $8 to $15 pet store special that lasts only a few minutes before the stuffing is removed is not your only choice.
Many safe toys can be found for under a dollar each at your local charity thrift shop.
For a great post about making a safe and inexpensive stuffingless toy for your pet, visit Laura.
A quick search online can uncover hundreds of healthy recipes for homemade pet treats.
For a list of many online Valentine’s link parties and gazillions of suggestions for other thrifty ways to share your love, click here.