You're probably thinking: “Crap. The stupid animal part of my brain made me click on that awesome heart picture. Now I'm going to get the same, tired Valentine's Day $$$ lecture that I always get”.
Not today reader.
I'm one of the weird personal finance bloggers that actually likes Valentine's Day. I know it's a made up holiday. I know that the prices for roses this coming Sunday will be marked up 100% or more. I know that dinner menus will be shortened, tables will be squished together, and basically everything will cost more than it should.
I understand all the noise out there about Valentine's, but I still like it. I also have an epic money saving strategy! Here's why I don't get price gouged on V-Day:
I don't celebrate Valentine's Day on Valentine's Day.
My wife and I go out to eat the day before. This year we are doing a pretty low-key (but awesome) Italian food place. I'll eat too much, feel kinda bad about it, and love it. 🙂
That's my earth shattering advice. Don't worry, I'll have more tips later in the post.
There are a couple of reason's why I think that Valentine's is actually important:
- I have a horrific memory. I wouldn't even call it a real memory. I can only accurately describe it as mild flashbacks to crap I can't remember anymore. V-Day is a pretty blatant reminder that I NEED TO DO SOMETHING COOL SOON because my wife is way out of my league. It's strategic for me to like the 14th.
- I really like doing nice things for my wife. I bought her pearls last week just because. She was totally cool with me leaving my teaching job to write about stuff on a computer, so I will spoil her basically whenever I can.
- It's fun. We all get wrapped up in the day to day tasks of working and trying to make lots of money. It's nice to take some time (mandated by Hallmark or not) to just hang out.
- I really like my wife (I don't know if she will read this, but writing that is a safe thing to do in all situations).
So what are some tips for Valentine's Day that will actually save you dinero?
- Don't buy flowers the day of. Buy them early when they are cheaper and hide them in a closet. I
knowthink this will not kill the flowers.
- Go for the cheaper wine at dinner. If you are reading this, you don't actually know the difference between top-shelf and second from the bottom shelf wine. Let's be honest with ourselves. It all tastes like expired boozy grape juice.
- Eat more bread at dinner so you can say, “Oh God I am sooooo stuffed,” when they ask about desert.
- Pretend that you literally can't taste the difference between Hershey's and Godiva.
- Stay at home and watch a RedBox movie. Actually remember to turn it in the next day.
- Buy roses the day after. There are huge discounts to be had on crappy/dead roses.
- Eat at home but change spots at the dinner table for a new romantic adventure.
Do you like Valentine's Day? How do you and BAE (I'm so so sorry former students for actually writing that) save money?
Live differently, your bank accounts will thank me later. -M$M