How do you Celebrate your love on Valentine’s Day?

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.

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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?

41 thoughts on “How do you Celebrate your love on Valentine’s Day?”

  1. My wife and I started dating on the 15th and I proposed on the 13th so Valentine’s Day has always been a special day for our relationship. This year, we are keeping it simple and we are planning to have my father-in-law watch our daughter so we can actually have an alone date night, which might be the best gift we can give each other. It is amazing how quickly those disappear once you have kids!

  2. We do the homemade cards thing, and write something personal to each other. I agree with you on the cheesiness of the store bought ones! If I’m not making one from scratch I’ll just buy a blank one and fill it out myself. My husband is much more crafty than I am!

  3. We’re big ones for dollar store mylar balloons instead of flowers, especially as our daughter wants to be included in Valentine’s Day too. The dollar store is also a great place for those school Valentines cards we have to provide (30 for $1).

    We also love cooking in for Valentines. No worries about having a little wine with dinner, and no crowds or long waits.

  4. When we were in college, we used to just order mexican food takeout. But now we don’t do anything as a couple. Mr. T’s birthday is that week, so we usually just celebrate his birthday. And on Valentine’s day, we do stuff as a family… hide hearts with hidden messages (written in white crayon and they have to paint to read!), eat chocolate and decorated cookies, etc. The consumerism of this holiday especially disgusts me.

  5. We don’t really do much for Valentine’s Day usually, but this year my very-thoughtful-but-not-always-frugal husband asked me if I would like a spa treatment that involved chocolate. I love spa treatments as much as the next person, but I don’t want to be spending money on them at this point in our financial lives. (Also, I’m not sure how I feel about having chocolate rubbed on my face or back…) I suggested we do something together, and we compromised on a casual dinner in the weeks after V Day. (I would NEVER pay the ridiculous prices restaurants change on V Day!!)

    AS it turns out, my husband and daughter will be visiting my in-laws in NJ that weekend – including Valentine’s Day – this year. So on the actually day, I’ll be having some friends over for a potluck wine and dessert party. (I prefer to eat my chocolate, anyway!)

  6. I hate going to a restaurant on Valentine’s Day…it’s super crowded and expensive. If we go out to eat to celebrate…it is on a different day. My co-worker’s wife is adamant that the holiday as well as other holidays (b-day, anniversary) must be celebrated on that specific day! Same thing with flowers…I’ve gotten flowers for my wife, but I’m not going to do it on Valentine’s day when they mark up the prices. We’re pretty low-key nowadays…

  7. Great info on that special day for couples. Who knew the government keeps those stats. Yeah I didn’t do the 2 month thing, and people should just think about reasonable rings with so much debt affecting the US.

    1. Kind of a strange stat category for the government to track, but I guess our tax dollar need to go somewhere. :). Agreed on the rings, buy within your means and with cash.

  8. We don’t have any plans yet, but I think it is a good idea for couples to do something to mark their anniversaries and Valentine’s Day. Some people say, “I can give her flowers any time. It doesn’t have to be on Feb. 14.) But I wonder if they ever do? I’m glad you do, Brian! Enjoy your frugal movie and dinner together : )

  9. We don’t really do much for Valentine’s Day specifically, but we do some of these things throughout the year. I made my husband a silly little handmade card years ago and I recently came across it when I was putting something in his backpack. I thought it was so incredibly sweet that he kept it. More recently, I decided I wanted some chocolate covered strawberries but I was appalled at how much they cost premade. We spent a bit of time one evening making some and they were cheap and delicious.

  10. My husband and I have been together for 10 Valentines Days and every year we have gotten fast food and a cheap movie and enjoyed our frugal/fun night together playing scrabble or chess or some equally nerdy game. This year will be no different except the kids will join us!

    I love Valentines Day, I just don’t care for the whole gift-giving mentality. I would rather make memories with my loved ones 🙂

  11. My husband always wants to do something on the big day. I always want to avoid the crowds. I’m not terribly romantic, and I have an iron grip on our spending. So he doesn’t get any real chance to surprise me even.

    This year, we’re hoping to go see Deadpool. I mean, blood is red, so it’s kind of in keeping with the holiday!

  12. So, typically we keep V-day pretty low key and just trade cards. However, I do try to change things up occasionally for fun.

    This year I’m surprising the wife with a trip to Sedona, AZ. We’ll have a chance to spend some time alone (I’ve arranged the grandparents to come watch the kids).

    Travel expense aren’t too bad since we’ll be driving and I found a killer deal on the hotel. Hiking will be free, and I arranged a nice couples massage and dinner afterwards. I can’t wait! 🙂

  13. Well since I have a wedding and honeymoon to worry about this year, we have decided to take it light on valentines day this year. We will probably just do a movie night. Something really cheap.


    Wish it was like that every year!

  14. We’re big on making things for each other…cards, dinner, notes, etc. It’s not only a money saver but it also shows the other person you love them. And that’s what it’s all about..

    I usually get something for my girls too and have done so for many years. Nothing big, but something so they know that they are special.

  15. Interesting stats!! We always do a nice meal at home. Personally, we love avoiding the crowds – and we love being able to have a quality meal for cheap. I can’t remember the last time we went out somewhere for Valentine’s Day.

  16. I love those stats. Stuff like that is always so eye opening for me. Hubby and I don’t really go crazy over Valentine’s Day, but he will be taking our 3-year-old daughter to their first father-daughter dance at our church next week. Where has the time gone?

  17. My husband and I already decided we’re not celebrating Valentine’s Day this year. Our house is being remodeled and we would rather spend time with our kids than go on a date. We’re basically just ignoring it! =)

  18. Sometimes we make a nicer dinner or maybe exchange cards or hand-written notes. Nothing too fancy. Restaurants are too packed that day anyway. Our anniversary is the month before so it feels a bit superfluous to go all out.

  19. Interesting stat on the average ages of people getting married, particularly the difference between males/females. I just had a conversation recently where I guessed that the average age gap across marriages was probably around 2 years. I feel validated on that one 🙂

  20. We don’t need a specific day to express our love. Every day is a valentines day. Love binds two people together in a strong bond and it is important to express this love beautifully. I loved these ideas. They were wonderful.

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