$161.96! Not the answer you expected? Well, that is how much you should spend on Valentine’s Day if you want to be considered an average spender!
Valentine’s Day Data
According to National Retail Federation fewer people will spend money on Valentine’s Day this year, but the ones who do will spend more! Apparently, they started spreading the love and include children, parent, friends and co-workers. “Those surveyed said they would spend an average $161.96 “ There is so much love that the estimated spending for 2019 is 20.6 billions!! YES! BILLIONS.
In 2017, out of an estimated $18.2 billions spending, 2 billions was expected to be on flowers alone. They don’t even last:(
So much love! Can you imagine what could be done with 20.6 billions?
Valentine’s Day is the “day of romance” so why do we feel the need to spend money on kids, parents, friends and co-workers? Why do we even feel the need to spend any money at all, even on our partner?
Find out about the origin of Valentine’s Day in this article from the New York Times.
From an early age, kids are being encouraged (by the school and their parents) to bring cards, candies and/or gifts to their classmates and even their teachers. We, as parents, are conditioning them to become future Valentine’s Day consumers.
I tried not to participate in it at all when my kids were younger but it was so hard to do because everybody else was doing it. And
I didn’t you don’t want your kids to feel totally left out.
I am not sure where to start to break the cycle, do you?
There is this misconception, in today’s society, that if we love someone, we have to spend money to show them how much we truly love them, particularly on Valentine’s Day. The pressure is everywhere, you can’t avoid it (unless you don’t set foot in any stores at all and close your eyes every time there is a commercial!)
Even your friends or co-workers probably ask you what you are getting your loved one on this special day? Do you feel the pressure yet?
You Don’t Need To Spend Money To Show Your Love!
Here is the good news! You can celebrate Valentine’s Day with your special someone without breaking the bank!
Here are some ideas to celebrate Valentines’ Day , without contributing to the 20.6 billion estimated spending :
- Take a vacation day and spend it doing something you both really enjoy!
- Send them a personalized eCard! You can use on-line tools to create your card, add pictures, draw or write your personalized message.
- Make a video to tell them how much you love them and why. It can be romantic or humorous or both. You can keep it personal and for their eyes only or post it on YouTube for the world to see!
- Write a love letter .Remind them why you fell in love with them, which of their qualities you admire the most and why they are so special to you.
- Bake something special. A cake, cookies or even chocolate truffles. Most of it doesn’t require special skills, it’s pretty easy.
- A scavenger hunt. Make up your own, be creative, include special (to your life together) items to find, and come up with an awesome prize(s). Offering to do the dishes for a week is not that awesome but whatever rocks their boat!
- Have a romantic movie marathon. Take the day or the night off, grab the popcorn or their favorite junk food and binge watch romantic movies or whatever movies you both enjoy.
- Bring her/him favorite lunch to work.
- Have an impromptu picnic; Gather everything you need to enjoy a picnic (outdoor or indoor). Do you have a tent? Set it up in your living room and decorate with lights, candles (watch for fire hazard) and a nice tablecloth.
- An old favorite: Romantic candle light dinner at home. Cook his/her favorite meal (or favorite take out if you really suck at cooking), open a bottle of wine, dimmer the lights, light a few candles, turn on the stereo and enjoy!
You don’t need to spend $161.96 on Valentine’s Day this year! I mean How many chocolates can one eat? (Actually never mind, one can actually eat an endless amount of chocolate – We know I can!) .
The point is; you shouldn’t have to spend money to celebrate Valentine’s Day, unless you really want to! The BEST gift will always be the most thoughtful one and rarely requires spending money.
How about you, how much will you spend on Valentine’s Day this year?
Related post: Don’t get sucked into Valentine’s Day Consumerism!