Cupid’s bow is soon to hit the calendar, and if that makes your stomach churn from the pressure to splash out, you’re not alone. As it so happens the average Australian love bird spends $86 on Valentine’s Day gifts each year!
Just breathe, as I’m going to help lift the burden for you with unconventional ways to make your Valentine feel loved on Feb 14.
Avoid the rosy cliche
Given the day of love accounts for 10% of annual florist sales, many, if not most romantics will buy roses for their Valentine on Sunday. But by taking off your rose-coloured glasses, you could potentially save up to $30 by opting for a different floral variety or doing a little DIY.
On the popular site Interflora, the cheapest rose will set you back $45.50 just for one. By comparison, a Bunnings nursery visit could find you some bright potted native flowers like the Grevillea Firecracker for only $16.34.
Another option is to do a little DIY. One thrifty blogger propagated succulents from nature strip trimmings, and it cost her next to nothing!
Dine on a different week
The thought of gazing into your sweetheart’s eyes over a candlelit dinner might melt your heart, but don’t let the red balloons and “Valentine’s Day Special” signs in the windows fool you! Picking a different week to have your Italian spaghetti and meatballs instead could help you avoid potentially hefty Valentine’s Day set menus that have been found to cost up to $50 more.
But don’t turn up to V-Day empty handed! Present them with a hand crafted note, that reveals you have a special night planned just around the corner.
Set up a doggy double date
If you’re a little nervous about meeting Prince Charming or your Dream Girl on the weekend for a Valentine’s Day date, why not bring your dogs and make it a double date? After all, the ideal outing for dog lovers would be a pup meetup.
Search for a dog park or a tranquil track to walk along together with your pooches. If you want to make a day out of it, choose a regional park in your state as most are dog friendly.
Ditch the Hallmark card for DIY
Each year, Hallmark sell 144 million Valentine’s Day cards? The last time I bought a Hallmark Valentine’s card, I paid about $6 for it! I can only imagine how much Hallmark makes from romantics like me who fall for pictures of puppies.
This time I plan on shaking up tradition a little by making this DIY message in a bottle card. If you don’t have time to be cutting and gluing things, it’s easy to score a freebie card online. Here’s a list of love letter printables that are far more unique than what you’d find in a newsagent.
Start a joint savings account
There’s nothing wrong with doing something a little unusual and kick-starting a joint savings account on V-Day instead of splurging on gifts, as you could turn those romantic getaway ideas for next Summer into a reality.
For instance, say you open the ME Online Savings Account that has an ongoing rate of 3.6% (conditions apply) and you both deposit $50 a week, this time next year you would end up with over $5,300.
Who knows, your stash of money racking up interest could evolve from holiday to wedding fund!
Use the day to dream together
A telling sign of a committed relationship is when a couple sits down to discuss and decide on long-term plans. You could use V-Day to initiate a talk about shared dreams and aspirations.
This could involve writing a list of goals you’d like to achieve together and individually and calculating what it will take financially to get there.
Do these quirky ways to woo your love on Valentine’s Day fit the bill for you? Comment below with any true and tried tips to add to the conversation.