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 the best Valentine's Day bargains can be found this year. Then map out your shopping strategy to make the most of Valentine's Day when it falls on Wednesday, February 14, 2018.
Saving big on Valentine's Day
As always, watch for department stores like Walmart, Target, and Macy's to roll out the red carpet to lure in customers with cute holiday gifts - like stuffed bears and beautifully wrapped boxed chocolate candy sets - along with music and romantic DVD movies, and higher ticket items such as lingerie!
Withso much head-spinning variety, it pays to keep your budget in mind for buying the perfect Valentine's Day gift without breaking the bank. With that said, here a few more tips for having an even lovelier shopping experience while taking advantage of Valentine's Day sales:
While brisk sales on jewelry and jewelry gift sets are a Valentine's Day tradition, prices actually spike a few weeks before, so make sure you look for special discount coupons offered by some retailers to save on the sparkle! Do remember that Valentine's Day is all about romance, so avoid the impulse to impress with a gaudy bauble and a hefty price tag -- just opt for 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 who want to tie the knot on the most romantic evening of the year. PRO TIP : avoid the department stores and visit a local jeweler who will probably have more expert knowledge and advice on choosing a ring specifically within your budget.
Also expect big sales on Valentine's Day party supplies, dessert cakes, bargains on perfumes and colognes, and major online flower shops featuring top billing for roses. Better yet, skip the online florist deals and delivery charges - and opt for a local warehouse store or even a neighborhood grocer for big savings on Valentine's Day bouquets.
Finally, look for nationwide restaurant chains to offer specials on Valentine's night dinner-for-two if you're dining out. Also remember that February is the Broadway off-season, so you may want to check out cheap theater tickets for a traditional dinner-and-a-show Valentine's Day date night.
Dining at home? Look for special gift bottles of champagne (complete with flute glasses for two) at local wine shops.
No budget for the expensive bubbly? Look for white sparkling wines like Asti Spumante or Proseco that are a great and inexpensive substitute for French champagne while adding a bubbly note to any romantic Valentine's Day toast.
Have a Happy & Romantic Valentine's Day!
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