Budget-Friendly Valentine’s Day Ideas – Dodge City Daily Globe

Budget-friendly Valentine’s Day ideas

Budget-Friendly Valentine’s Day Ideas – Dodge City Daily Globe


The National Retail Federation says Valentine’s Day is the fifth-largest consumer event in the U.S. after winter vacation and Mother’s Day. Every February, people scramble to get gifts for their sweethearts and create romantic memories with gourmet treats and decadent desserts.

Americans are expected to spend a total of $50 billion on gifts and activities in 2021, with an average gift of $187, according to data from Finder, a tool used to navigate complex decision-making processes. Men tend to spend more than women on Valentine’s Day.

Everyone is likely to spend more on Valentine’s Day this year due to inflation. In 2021, used cars and trucks, oil, meat and poultry, airline tickets and women’s clothing are just some of the commodities that will see significant price increases. Finding ways to be frugal may be challenging this February, but these ideas are just the beginning.

DIY cards

While cards may be the smallest purchase on your shopping list, you can still save an average of $3 to $5 by making them yourself or sending a free digital greeting.


The restaurant is a popular choice for couples on Valentine’s Day, but they can be busy and prices can go up. Many also offer limited fixed-price menus. Couples can save a lot of money by cooking at home and picking out lower-cost ingredients.

Flexible with jewelry

You don’t have to spend a fortune to impress with a gift. Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but other gemstones are usually cheaper. Try giving birthstones as a substitute. If gold is out of your price range, many sterling silver options are just as beautiful. Also, consider warehouse retailers for buying jewelry, as they may cost less.

thrifty flower

The price of roses is sure to go up around Valentine’s Day, so consider sending another flower. Lilies might be cute, or that special someone might have an iconic flower. A flowering plant that’s less expensive than many bouquets and that, if cared for, will outlive Valentine’s Day, another option to consider.

save on chocolate

Sweet treats are the name of the game, but many of the popular chocolate boxes can be expensive this time of year. Plan ahead and stock up on chocolates for Halloween or Christmas. Then use a floral thread or pipe cleaner to turn the bite-sized package into a handmade chocolate bouquet. Otherwise, buy a variety of chocolate bars and pack them in a themed gift basket along with hot chocolate, chocolate chip cookies, and other decadent items.

Saving for Valentine’s Day comes down to being creative and focusing on mood rather than price.

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