Valentine’s Day is next weekend, and although it’s a completely made up commercial holiday many couples agree it’s a great day to celebrate their love. It’s a day for cards, flowers and chocolate. So how do you celebrate your love on Valentine’s Day? Did you know that the U.S. Census Bureau complies a stat sheet for Valentine’s Day? Here are some of the things they’re tracking:
23,096 – The number of jewelry stores in the United States in 2013. Jewelry stores offer engagement, wedding and other rings to couples of all ages. In February 2013, these stores sold an estimated $2.5 billion in merchandise.
29.5 and 27.6 years – Median age at first marriage in 2014 for men and women, respectively.
399 – The number of dating service establishments nationwide as of 2012. These establishments, which include Internet dating services, employed 2,348 people.
2.1 million – The provisional number of marriages that took place in the United States in 2012. That breaks down to about 5,800 a day.
Interesting stuff and who knew the U.S. government was crunching the numbers on stuff like this.
Valentine’s Day remains one of the most popular days for couples to get engaged. I could not find any recent stats, but in 2013 six million people accepted a marriage proposal on Valentine’s Day. Now that’s a lot of money being spent on diamond engagement rings.
Frugal Valentine Ideas
Valentine’s Day or expressing your love for your better half doesn’t need to be expensive. There are plenty of ways to stay frugal and show your love. I don’t like being forced into a single day to express my love for my wife, but we do try to do something for one another on that day. Here are some greats ways to say I you love and keep the budget under control.
Make your own card – Have you read some of the sayings in greeting cards? If I wanted that much cheese I would have ordered some nachos. Making a homemade / handmade card shows that little extra care. Personalized coupons for a massage, cleaning the house, or cooking are not a bad idea either.
Cook a romantic dinner at home – Eating out is enemy number one in the personal finance community, and it’s no different on this day. Beat the crowds and eat healthier at home. I’m sure you significant other will appreciate it.
Buy flowers before or after February 14th – I try to buy flowers for my wife during the year just to let her know I’m thinking of her. This takes the pressure off me and my wallet on Valentine’s Day. Roses are much cheaper any other day.
If you are going to take the engagement plunge skip the made up two month salary guideline by some luxury jewelry giant and buy a ring you cannot afford. Do your homework and get the best deal. Hopefully you get the answer you are looking for, and if you don’t you certainly have options for discreetly selling your diamond ring.
We have not finalized our Valentine’s plans yet. We will most likely have dinner and a movie at home and that’s just fine for us.
What are your plans this Valentine’s Day? What tips do you use to save money during this holiday?