Valentine’s Day Costs WHAT?

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About $19.5 billion was spent on Valentine’s Day last year. Hard to believe that we pour that much money into a holiday designed to show loved ones we care about them.  Even spending $100-$200 on this special day can put a serious hole in your budget if you’re not prepared. What does Valentine’s Day mean to you? To me it is a time to be creative and show my loved ones how much I value them. I always try to come up with fun ways to express my feelings without being too over the top. I do my best to avoid spending a small fortune on mushy holidays. Here are a few ways you can stay on budget this holiday while showing that special someone you care: Tour Your Own City If you are anything like me, you love trying new things or seeing a part of your city you haven’t experienced before. Your city should have a list of weekly events you can attend for a small fee or for free. Take advantage of this holiday and be a tourist in your own city. It will give you a different perspective on the city you live in and you may learn something new about your significant other. Stepping outside your comfort zone and trying new things can show you a different side to your partner. Check out local museums or research trails at a nature reserve. Think outside the box and try something new. You never know where it could …