AUSTIN -- Consumer experts have released a few tips for saving money on your Valentine's Day date this year.
The average consumer is expected to pay about $130 this Valentine's Day, according to the National Retail Federation.
But experts say you don't have to break the bank to win over your sweetheart.
“Valentine’s gifts are typically given with the hope the recipient will feel the amount of love equal to the time or money spent on the gift,” said Vice President of Education for Consumer Credit Counseling Service (CCCS) Todd Mark. “While buying a beautiful piece of jewelry or spending a fortune on dinner may make them feel special for one day, creating a mound of debt that lingers is not a loving act.”
Here are a few date ideas from CCCS which are cheap enough to have fun, yet save some money:
- Dinner and a movie: Watch a movie at home and plan a meal themed around the feature.
- Hand deliver flowers to your sweetheart. You'll save money and make it more personal.
- Frame his favorite baseball card or old family photo so he can hang it somewhere special.
- Make an old school "mix tape." Put your favorite songs special to your relationship on a CD. You could also load a mix to your sweetheart's iPod.
- Get crafty with Pinterest. Take photos and items which mean something to your relationship, and put them in a scrapbook or shadow box.
- Have lunch or brunch. You'll save money and beat the Valentine's Day crowds.
- Create a coupon book full of fun things like free massages, cooking a favorite meal or a free pass for guys' or girls' night.
- Plan a picnic.