Happy Valentines Day!! I hope everybody has some plans for their partners for tomorrow’s lovers holiday. If you don’t have big plans that’s okay too. More and more couples are opting out of big plans on Valentines day and giving the gift of $$$ in the savings account. As with many of our long standing holidays, capitalism has snuck in and tricked us into spending boat loads of money during an inflated one day premium spending experience. Roses alone are double the regular price and we know that every high end restaurant is going to be filled to capacity for the next three nights. During the Christmas season I preach about giving the gift of experiences over physical presents and the same rings true here.

Here are may tips for saving some dollars on Valentines Day.

1. Postpone Valentines Day.
Festivities can wait until next week so you can take advantage of regular pricing. Hotel rooms, dinners, chocolates and roses all go back to regular price on Wednesday. Do you think you could wait just 1 day? Maybe you could follow idea 3 and give them that 1 day vacation today and take them out on the weekend, or even better the second weekend after Valentine’s Day. February 14th is definitely in the slow season of Tourism in Vancouver so prices go back to off season prices as of the 15th.

2. Make a gift.
Any good partner will recognize the time and effort put into any homemade craft. If you have a printer and some paper it’s super easy to make your Valentine’s Day card. Make sure to hand write a thoughtful message inside and your partner will be swept off of their feet (Don’t forget to include some home made “sexy coupons”). Baking treats and/or cooking a special meal is always a good way to your partners heart. Include an amazing table setting/presentation or set the mood just right with some wine and candles.

3. Give your partner a 1 day vacation.
Take care of all the housework and chores or finish up a project that’s been getting in the way. There is nothing better than coming home to a clean house no chores to do. Maybe there is 1 really specific thing your partner has been asking you to do – get it done!!

These are all dual purpose suggestions because they are equally useful if you straight up forgot about Valentine’s Day. Don’t rush a last minute gift. Just tell your partner you have plans for something big down the road and your being fiscally responsible by NOT doing anything today. When your truly in Love, the littlest gesture can be hugely rewarding. Not every date night has to be spent out on the town being frivolous.

I really hope that this advice helps somebody out and brings some lovers closer together tomorrow. Or at least in a week or two when the price of being romantic drops 😉

Word to your mother.