Monday 10 February 2020
Love it or hate it, Valentine's Day is right around the corner, but according to new research by ME, fewer couples are choosing to jump on Cupid’s bandwagon.
Almost half (49%) of couples said they won’t be celebrating Valentine’s Day this year, compared to 56% of couples last year.
Couples giving Valentine’s Day a miss this year chalked it up to two main reasons: 55% say it’s a waste of money, while 40% believe it’s just an excuse for florists and card companies to make a profit.
However love was still in the air for many, as couples new on the dating scene were more likely to celebrate Valentine’s Day, with 62% planning to get involved, while only 34% of those who have been in a relationship for more than 10 years were planning to partake in the occasion.
The data found that $150 was the average amount Aussies will be spending on their partner, while 24% of millennials and 19% of married couples anticipated they would treat their partner with gifts worth over $200.
“For many Aussies, Valentine’s Day is an opportunity for couples to reconnect and spend time together, but it shouldn’t mean sending yourself into debt,” said Mozo Director, Kirsty Lamont.
“There are a number of ways you can show your partner how much you appreciate and value them, without having to resort to credit.”
So on that note, we decided to jot down some of our top, free date ideas for Aussie couples looking to do Valentine’s Day on a budget:
And if you’re after more money-saving ideas, from fitness to trimming monthly bills, check out our family finances hub!