It’s almost Valentine’s Day again, which is a special time to make your credit and debit cards ready. Now that it is fast approaching, do you have enough budget for a dinner date, a flower bouquet, and a gift for your sweetheart?
If you are looking for ways on how to save money for this occasion, here are 5 things to remember.
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1. Skip Online Shopping of Flowers and Jewelry
Flowers are easy to lose their life. They need a cold weather in order to bloom. Once they are picked from their plants, they have only several hours left. When you order a bouquet of flowers, never buy via the Internet. Sure, there are many stores online that can deliver flowers to recipients, but this only works within your city. Otherwise, it would be a waste of dime if the flowers sent to your loved one have already been lifeless.
It is not also advisable to buy jewelry or other Valentine’s Day related items online. You will pay for its shipping, which is an additional expense to you. It is best that you go to a walk-in store and select whatever you need to buy.
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2. Pick Flowers with Tight Buds
When shopping for flowers, look for their buds. They need to be tight and closed still at the moment you buy them. That gives them enough time to blossom when handed to your woman. It is also a great way to keep them beautiful and blooming for more than a day.
3. Dine in Your House
A romantic dinner does not have to be taken place in a very expensive, elegant restaurant. You can find many ideal spots right in your home. You may have a gazebo that you can decorate with string lights, candles, flowers, and rose petals. A dining table set up near the fireplace is also a fantastic option. This still makes the evening special and romantic for you without having to spend a huge amount of cash.
4. Check the Four Cs in Diamonds
Jewelery, especially diamond, is something men usually buy for their women, and the latter will be very happy to receive one. If this is what you plan to get, make sure that you certify the four essential elements of a diamond jewelry. These refer to the cut, carat, color, and clarity of the stone. Even if it is a bit pricey than what you can spend, at least you give something worth buying for. Just remember that you pick one that you can always afford. It is alright to cash out a few bucks, but not to the point that it makes you spend a hundred dollar bill more.
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5. Look for Discounted Gift Cards or Certificates
Many websites offer gift cards and certificates with discounts. You can buy some to be able to save items from flowers to spa about 5 to 20%! This is a great way to save more money and spend less.
Celebrating a special event is not necessarily about a time to spend money luxuriously. You can still create a very cozy, romantic evening with love of your life without cashing an excessive amount of money. By following the suggestions listed above, you can definitely have a great time in terms of surprising her and helping you cut down costs.