Hallmark Day, err I mean Valentine’s Day is over, but the sales are just beginning. In case you didn’t notice, there is a lot of Valentine’s Day products out and just because it’s over doesn’t mean cupid can’t hit you with some discounts. Here are some things to look out for that will be going on sale.
1. Candy. This is a given, but remember that candy tastes the same whether it’s Valentine candy or Christmas. Buy it up! Target usually is around 50% off the day after it goes up from there. This was their schedule last year, 50% off February 15th, 70% off February 18th & 19th and 90% off February 21st.
2. Cards. Not only can you get good deal on regular greeting cards, this is s GREAT time to stock up for your kids Valentine’s Day cards. They will be more than half of what you normally pay. And really, how many ways can you say Happy Valentine’s day to a 6-year-old?
3. Fresh flowers. If you didn’t get your significant other flowers on V-Day, how about the day after. The prices will be dramatically cut down and it will be so unexpected. Everyone gets flowers on V-Day, try to be different.
4. Clothes. A lot of retailers have cute Valentine’s shirts for kids. Think about what size your kids will be wearing next year and stock up!
According to BIGresearch, in 2011 Americans spent $3.4 billion on dinners, $3.5 billion on jewelry, $1.1 billion for cards, and $1.7 billion for flowers for Valentines Day. I am beyond shocked at that number. We won’t be participating in 2013’s numbers, which is supposed to top $17 billion, and it’s not because we don’t love each other. We are just trying to save money and pay down debt.
However, if you just can’t stand the thought of skipping the day of love, how about some tips that will help your wallet?
1. You don’t have to have professional floral arrangements. There is more than one way to send your very best. Try hitting my personal favorite, Costco or some other grocery store. They can sometimes have amazing arrangements for a fraction of the cost.
2. Stay at home. Skip the long lines and crowds by staying in. You can rent a Redbox, make your favorite steak for way less than what you would normally pay out and just cuddle and remember what love is.
3. Haggle for jewelry. A lot of stores mark up high for Valentine’s Day, which is why it’s a good time to haggle. Go later at night if you can too. The closer you get to closing time, the more likely they would be to drop the price.
4. Do something that costs you nothing. If your significant other does all the yard work, do it all yourself. If they do all the laundry give them a week off. Whatever they are used to doing in your home, give them a break. Honestly, if my husband would do laundry for a month, that would be better than the biggest diamond in the world!
5. Make homemade treats. I LOVE Almond Rocha. It’s my favorite candy. But seriously it’s expensive for the little you get. However, I found this awesome recipe. Now if I can just get my husband to make it for me. Just remember there is usually always a way to make your favorites at home. Google really is your best friend.
What are your Thrifty Tips for Valentine’s Day?
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