Go all out this Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day is probably one of the more polarizing observations on the calendar, other than the original purists who remember St. Valentine. You have the group of people who shun the holiday, scoffing it away as a master ploy to sell greeting cards. This group often spends the day trying desperately to ensure it is just like any other day, as long as any other day doesn’t include going out to dinner or the movies.
Then there’s everyone else. This year, Americans are expected to spend $17.3 billion for Valentine’s Day on everything from trinkets to jewelry and flowers, according to the National Retail Federation. We’re not sure how often people actually buy their loved ones that huge bauble in Tiffany, but if you’re like most, you’re going to be nearing the ATM withdrawal limit to express your love. The average person is estimated to spend $133.91 this year, part of an upward trend in average spending despite fewer people expressing plans to celebrate the day this year (54 percent, down from 60 percent in 2013).
Let’s see how best to blow through a bevy of bucks for your beloved this Valentine’s Day.