Valentines Day Will Be More Expensive. Unless You Don’t Celebrate, Like Me
A few years back I was given a GIANT flower bouquet for Valentine's Day. Some sort of radio promotion through a 800 number business that was meant to drum up some local business when DJ's would talk about giving this gift to their significant other.
I'm not sure my on-air story was what they were expecting because I brought these home to my wife and she was immediately pissed off!
The thought of me spending an extravagant amount of money on something that you expected to last one week if you're lucky was ridiculous. Then to spend it on such a "corporate holiday" was unthinkable!
Needless to say, we don't go do crazy for Valentine's Day in the Stage house. It's mostly a time to give the kids a card & some candy and if we're able to go out for supper sometime within the month then that is our celebration. Even if you throw in a little extra for alcohol and dinner, there are plenty of things you can do that are meaningful and don’t cost much at all.
That being said, according to SimplyCodes new study, the average person with a significant other expects to shell out $208 for Valentine's Day this year, which is up 44%. The biggest spenders are people who are just a year or two into their relationships. They expect to drop an average of $247. On the flip-side, people who are less than a year into their relationships are "only" spending $186.
There’s nothing like the promise of romance to make people spend money they probably shouldn’t, especially on Valentine’s Day.