Love is in the air -- as department stores and online shops romance customers with deals and bargains on the items they want most.
This year, make it even better by planning now to find the best deals for the year's most heartfelt holiday. Begin by keeping an eye on store circulars and TV consumer reports on where to find the best Valentine's Day bargains. Then map out your shopping strategy to make the most of Valentine's Day when it falls on Friday, February 14, 2020.
In love with a bargain? Valentine's Day on the cheap
You probably have already noticed that Valentine's Day party supplies and perfumes and colognes were on sale right after Christmas, so here's a hint: The closer you get to Valentine's Day, the sharper the prices drop!
Meanwhile, major online flower shops are charging top dollar for delivery of Valentine's Day flowers, but if at all possible skip the online florist - and opt for a local warehouse store like Costco, or even your neighborhood grocer, for better savings on Valentine's Day bouquets.
Finally, remember that nationwide restaurant chains to offer specials on Valentine's night dinner-for-two if you're dining out. February is also the off-season for live theater, so you may want to check out cheap theater tickets for a traditional dinner-and-a-show Valentine's Day date night.
While brisk sales on jewelry and jewelry gift sets are a Valentine's Day tradition, prices actually spike a few weeks before. That's the time to look for special online discount coupons offered by some retailers to save on the sparkle. And keep in mind that Valentine's Day is all about romance, so avoid the impulse to impress with a gaudy bauble and a hefty price tag. To really impress, choose a beautiful piece of jewelry that you know your object of affection will remember forever.
Since Valentine's Day is also one of the most popular days of the year for popping the question (second only to Christmas) knowing how to buy a diamond engagement ring is also uppermost on the minds of bachelors on the most romantic evening of the year. PRO TIP : avoid the department stores and visit a local jeweler who will work with you one-on-one with advice on choosing a ring within your budget.
Other clever ways to save on Valentine's Day
The No. 1 tip for saving big on Valentine's Day dinner? STAY HOME.
Begin with a specially-set table for two with candlelight and a bouquet centerpiece of fresh flowers. The main menu could include anything from a heart-shaped pizza to homemade pasta, or even steamed lobster-for-two!
Top it off with a DIY dessert of strawberries and whipped cream for a satisying end to a romantic meal.
For a bit of the bubbly, look for special gift bottles of champagne (complete with flute glasses for two) at local wine shops.
No budget for the expensive stuff? Look for white sparkling wines like Asti Spumante or Proseco that are a great and inexpensive substitutes for French champagne.
With best wishes a happy and romantic Valentine's Day!
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