4 Ideas to Celebrate a Belated Valentine's Day to Save Money

February 10, 2019 | By Mason Roberts

For a holiday that’s supposed to be about love and romance, Valentine’s Day can be quite expensive. While this holiday isn’t the most expensive one, it’s right up there.

Flowers, dinner reservations and gifts can be surprisingly pricey, and the combined cost can take a big bite out of your wallet. But what if there was a way to give your significant other all that romance at a fraction of the cost?

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Making a Case for the Belated Valentine's Date

While it’s a little unorthodox, why not try celebrating your Valentine’s a few days after February 14th when all the associated costs are suddenly much lower.

If you can persuade your significant other to go along with it (in advance so it doesn’t seem like you forgot), here are 4 ways celebrating Valentine’s a couple of days late could save you big bucks. 

Buy Chocolates on Sale

Is there any other gift more universally associated with love and affection than chocolates? If you find one, be sure to let us know, because chocolates aren’t cheap - especially some of the higher end brands that come in the big red heart-shaped boxes!

But after Valentine’s Day, it’s easy to find them on sale as stores try desperately to sell off the surplus. By simply waiting a few days, your chocolate budget could go two to three times as far.

Flowers are Cheaper 

The number of flowers grown specifically to be harvested and shipped across the nation on Valentine’s Day is truly mind-blowing in its magnitude. Even so, it’s barely enough to meet demand, and the retailers know it.

That’s why on Valentine’s Day, they can charge up to twice as much as they would any other day of the year. Wait a few days though, and those prices go back to normal, or sometimes cheaper because stores are eager to sell off any surplus.

There’s No Rush to Reserve a Table

Good luck if you forget to reserve a table at the restaurant you want to go to on Valentine’s Day. Because it is almost guaranteed to be booked solid.

Everyone wants to take their date out for dinner, and if you want to do the same you best do it early or you’ll have to pay a premium for even a cramped table by the kitchen door.

Babysitters Are Less in Demand

If you’ve got kids, then you know how tough it can be to sneak a romantic moment with them around, and you’d better not even think about a date night without reserving a babysitter.

But just like everything else, babysitters are in high demand on Valentine’s Day, and if you don’t have a family to pick up the slack, you could be out of luck. By simply waiting a few days to plan your romantic evening out, you should have no problem finding a sitter.

Plan Your Romance Budget

With so much pressure associated with the whole Valentine’s Day experience in general, it’s a wonder anyone even tries to live up to the unrealistic expectations. The truth is, love doesn’t cost a thing.

It’s everything else surrounding this annual love fest that could leave you deep in credit card debt or scrambling for title loans near you to recover from the cost of celebrating your relationship.

The truth is, all of the commercialism surrounding this holiday is merely a distraction from the true meaning of love, which cannot be bought. It's truly priceless. Show each other how much you value one another this Valentine's Day without overspending.