Entries in Valentine's Day (3)


Valentine’s Day Savings: 20 Ideas to Spend Less

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- While the origins of Valentine’s Day show it as a day to celebrate love and romance, today, centuries later, it’s a day as much about spending money on your loved ones as it is about showing them your love.

Last year, couples spent $1.7 billion on flowers, $3.4 billion on dining out and $3.5 billion on jewelry, according to a survey released by

Men spent about $160 on their valentine, while women spent nearly $75 on theirs, the survey found.

And this year, total spending will hit $17.6 billion, according to the National Retail Federation.

Despite the statistics, showing your love doesn’t mean you have to blow your budget.

Try these 20 low-cost ideas for turning your Feb. 14 back into a celebration full of love, not an empty bank account.

  • Take a hike or a walk on the beach, or just get outside to enjoy whatever environment in which you live.
  • Treat your loved one to breakfast in bed.
  • Make paper flowers full of heartfelt messages your loved one can keep instead of spending money on real flowers that will wither.
  • Make a CD of you and your loved one’s favorite love songs.
  • Turn loose photos and memorabilia into a scrapbook documenting your relationship or a special time you shared together.
  • Create a coupon book of tasks or special things you’ll do for your loved one throughout year.
  • Make it a movie night in to avoid the crowds and curl up with popcorn and your favorite classic.
  • Go on a picnic and make it elegant with candles and a tablecloth.
  • Make something homemade for your loved one, such as jewelry or a painting or a collage.  Even if you don’t think of yourself as crafty, just a homemade card made with your best efforts will be appreciated.
  • Try something new together like a dance, art or music class.
  • Check with your neighbors and friends about going in on a group babysitter so the kids can have a fun night together while the adults get a night off.
  • Make your loved one’s favorite homemade meal instead of dining out at a pricey and likely crowded restaurant.
  • Create a DVD of your favorite memories together.
  • Search online daily discount and coupon sites for special deals on restaurants or activities in your area.
  • Give your loved one a massage and a basket of soaps and lotions in his or her favorite scent.
  • Celebrate a day, week or even a month later so that you can avoid holiday price hikes and take advantage of restaurant, travel or shopping deals down the road.
  • Find a free activity like an art show, park or public concert in your area to enjoy.
  • Write a love letter.  Paper and pen are cheap, the tradition never gets old and you can’t beat a truly heartfelt gift.
  • Commit to shortening the “honey do” list that may have been building since last Valentine’s Day.
  • Turn an old shoebox or other container into a keepsake box and start the collection off for your loved one by including a few special mementos.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Tiffany & Co. ‘Drops a Hint’ to Men Everywhere

Chris Weeks/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Sometimes even the most romantic of men need a hint when it comes to buying the perfect gift for their lady love.

And sometimes even the most low-maintenance of women are tempted to give the man in their life that little nudge to ensure they don’t suffer the pity of unwrapping a blender, lawn mower or new dish towel on Valentine’s Day.

Now, Tiffany & Co. has made it easier for everyone.

Introducing the “Drop a Hint” button now appearing on the famed jeweler’s website, just in time for Feb. 14.

See a beautiful pair of sapphire earrings you know you’ll look fabulous in?  Spot an emerald-cut diamond ring you know you can’t live without?

Just slide your mouse to the right of the screen, click the “Drop a Hint” button -- conveniently marked by a red heart -- and, voila, the link to your item of desire is marked.

A right click on the heart allows you to either bookmark the link to your screen, and not be angry when your husband or boyfriend snoops on your computer, copy the link so that you can easily, and oh-so-subtly, drop it in an email to your gift giver of choice.

A left click of your mouse simplifies the hint dropping even more.  Up pops a screen that asks you to enter your “True Love’s” name and email, along with your own, so that Tiffany’s can send this personalized postcard:

“Dear _____: As you may know, Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, but do not fret. A little bird told us that this will be a smashing success with ____.

Of course, if you have other ideas for Valentine’s Day, this is just a hint.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Valentine's Day Spending Expected to Be Up in 2011, NRF Says

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- After cutting back on spending in recent years, a recent survey released by the National Retail Federation called the 2011 Valentine's Day Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey predicts that the average person will spend $116.21 -- up 11 percent from last year's $103 -- on "traditional Valentine's Day merchandise" in 2011.  Total Valentine's Day spending is expected to reach $15.7 billion.

"Having surpassed expectations during the holiday season, it seems consumers are not done spending on gifts, which bodes well for the economy," NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said in a statement. 

Shay added that retailers should receive a "nice boost" in candy, jewelry and apparel sales during the typically slow months of January and February.

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