How To Avoid Overspending on Valentine’s Day (But Still Make It Special)
Birthdays, Christmas, Valentine’s Day and other annual events should be the time of celebration, recreation and fun. However, very often the stress about finances can overshadow the pleasures of these special occasions. It’s easy to get caught up in the hype and make reckless money decisions, but it’s important to remember that it doesn’t have to be about stretching your budget to the maximum. You can still enjoy this year’s Valentine’s Day by staying on the budget and here are some ideas how.
Do Some Research
If you’re planning a night out on Valentine’s Day, make sure you browse through different options. Check what kind of offers different restaurants have, compare prices and choose the option that fits to your budget. Download an app that lists the happy hours in nearby bars and be sure you’re informed about entrance fees in clubs and special Valentine’s Day parties.
Stay at Home With a Movie and Home-made Dinner
You can save even more money if you decide to stay in. And it doesn’t have to be boring! Plan a special dinner menu you can prepare together, afterwards pop some popcorn or prepare a decadent dessert and watch one of your favorite movies. It will be perfectly romantic and will help you to avoid extra expenses and large crowds.
Don’t Go Over The Top
Unless you are celebrating a wedding anniversary or planning to ‘pop the question’, it’s unnecessary to go crazy on spending. Avoid purchasing overpriced jewellery or expensive cliché gifts as stuffed animals or hundred roses. Stay away from big supermarkets not to get tempted by marketing traps. It’s best to stick to personal and self-made gifts that will show your loved one how much you really care.
Don’t Wait To the Last Minute
Rushed purchases and impulse spending will always result in spending more than planned. Remember — spending more at the last minute will not make your gift more special. To get the best deals for the lowest prices plan your purchases in advance. It will give you time to think and plan your budget, as well as provide you with more options as shopping online without worrying about delivery times.
Invest time and attention instead of huge amounts of money. Think of a thoughtful and affordable gift or a non-traditional Valentine’s Day date. There are many things you can make for your sweetheart, including self-composed songs, hand-made photo frames or love coupons. Check out Pinterest for more ideas! Or, if you are not artistically inclined, think about things you can do together. Going to the zoo, museum or a picnic in the park instead of fancy restaurant can be a creative way to cut expenses.
Are You a Pro When It Comes to Budgeting For Valentine’s Day? Share Your Experience!
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