Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Do you know how you will be sharing this special day with your beloved?
Prepping for Valentine’s Day can be an expensive endeavor. According to a 2013 National Retail Federation survey, the average person spends $130.97 on edibles and gifts to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Men have an even greater Valentine’s Day financial burden, with the average male spending $175.61 on gifts and a romantic evening out.
Though we all seem to be pressured to demonstrate our love through our spending, the good news is that it is not necessary to show you care by spending a fortune, especially on your Valentine’s Day dinner plans. We’re sharing some ways that you can cut costs without looking like a tightwad.
3 Tips to Trim the Fat from Valentine’s Day Dinner
- Sharing is caring. Not only is it romantic to share a meal, it can also help you save money. You can save significantly if you share your entrée. It may seem tacky, but restaurants are often familiar with the practice, if for no reason other than their large portions. My husband and I like to share the Tour of Italy when we go to Olive Garden Italian Restaurant. With Chicken Parmesan, Fettuccine Alfredo, and Lasagna, it’s a beast for one person to eat (1,450 calories, to be exact)! Olive Garden divides it up into two servings on separate plates at no cost. Check with the restaurant to see if they will do the same, provide you with an extra plate to split it yourself, or you can choose to eat off the same plate, à la “Lady and the Tramp.” 😉
- Become the chef. There’s no need to go to a fancy restaurant for Valentine’s Day. Prices are elevated over regular cost to capitalize on the day. You can make a healthy and satisfying meal at your place for much less. Figure out some of your love’s favorite foods, purchase the ingredients, and make a special meal at home for the two of you to share. Even with numerous courses, you are likely to spend less than you would if you were to eat out. End the meal with some chocolate-covered strawberries that are inexpensive and easy to make. Serving boxed instead of bottled wine can be another great way to save without sacrifice.
- Ditch the D’s. A restaurant meal with drinks, appetizer, separate entrees, and dessert can get costly. It can also be hard for your stomach to handle all of that food during one sitting. Why not keep your budget and digestive system in check by ditching the D’s at dinner: eliminate costly alcoholic drinks and desserts during your Valentine’s Day meal. By trimming just these costs, you will still eat plenty, but you’ll slash quite a bit of the expense.
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Make sure to share this blog post with your friends so they save some change this Valentine’s Day! They’ll thank you for it.