Save Money and Celebrate Valentine’s Day for the Right Reasons

by Kevin on February 10, 2010

I can’t believe I’ve never shared this: we don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day.

No dozen red roses.

No box of chocolates.

No fancy meal out.

None of that. It’s a waste in my opinion. I simply can’t get behind a holiday designed to sell greeting cards, knickknacks, and expensive flowers.

What is Valentine’s Day Really About?

Last time I checked the theory behind Valentine’s Day was to celebrate the love you have for your significant other. I’m totally behind that. Sounds like a great idea.

…but shouldn’t you be celebrating your love for each other every day of the year?

It seems extraordinarily sad to me that some people are reminded they are loved only one day out of the year.

In other words if your significant other saves up all their money and affection for one day, then go, “Phew! I’m glad that’s over!” at the end of the day…

Well, you get the idea.

Don’t You Love Your Wife?

Absolutely. We have a dedicated line item in our budget for dates.

I’m great with bringing my wife flowers or having a date night at one of our favorite restaurants.

I just don’t see the point in doing it at the exact same time as everyone else in the country and allowing retailers to jack up their prices for one weekend.

Why pay more than you have to?

I’ve seen prices from $24.99 to $39.99 for 12 roses. A simple dozen! That’s $2-3 per rose. Good grief, can I get a volume discount?

Contrast that with one of my favorite places to buy flowers: Fresh Market. I’ve purchased a dozen roses for $6.99 several times in the last year.

Do You Celebrate Valentine’s Day?

I’m curious to read your thoughts on Valentine’s Day. Do you celebrate it? Do you go “all out” and spend a ton of money? And most importantly: do you celebrate your love for each other the rest of the year?

Leave a comment below — I’d love to see if I’m in the minority on this.

I asked my Twitter followers what they thought about Valentine’s Day. Here’s what some of them had to say:

  • @mbhunter: My wife thankfully doesn’t expect flowers on V’s Day because they’re $$ the day of … but I do get her flowers other times
  • @mpsmith82: Greeting Card holidays aren’t a waste as long as you don’t buy the lie: “U don’t love me unless U spend a boatload of cash”
  • @mpsmith82: We go to McDonald’s every V-day. No kidding. Total guilty pleasure and really inexpensive. Best of all, it’s not crowded!
  • @The_Weakonomist: vday is the culmination of greed, profit, and manipulation of women. But like Oprah, the ladies love it and we can’t stop it.
  • @fcn: I usually get my wife a card (and she does same for me) but that’s about it.
  • @FourPillars: We celebrate with a card and usually a dinner date (but on a different day).
  • @MattJabs: Yes, it’s a greeting card holiday. Wife & I decided to make homemade cards for each other & split a meal at our local fave rest.
  • @creditgoddess: Yes I celebrate V-Day. When you have kids it’s important to devote time towards your marriage/relationship.
  • @moneyfunk: I think for V-day, were making it a family night to that new V-day movie out on Friday. 🙂

I love the ideas of making hand made cards, celebrating at other times, and going to McDonalds. Great stuff.

I suppose at the end of the day I’m not against celebrating the holiday — but only if your celebration is part of an entire year of love and support for your special someone.

Readers: how do you celebrate?

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