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Beyond Chocolate and Flowers: Unique Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

January 20, 2022

It’s February and you know what that means: Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. If survey results are right, most Americans look forward to this annual celebration of love, but the majority also think there’s too much pressure from businesses to overspend on February 14th. Love it or not, the traditional box of chocolate is getting stale, the dozen roses are wilting and we’re just not that into candy hearts anymore. More people are looking for creative and affordable ways to celebrate the annual month of love.

Here are a few suggestions for putting a fresh spin on the holiday of love without falling into the same old, same old.

Live every day like Valentine’s Day

It seems like everyone likes to make a big splash on Valentine’s Day. But wouldn’t it feel more special if it was more spontaneous and not because you’re supposed to do it? What if we expressed our love every day? So how about making an extra special effort on the other 364 days of the year? You don’t need an excuse to say, “I love you.” Just give gifts and make romantic gestures whenever you want to!

Choose to spend time together

Americans spend $21.8 billion on Valentine’s Day gifts each year. But what if we could save that money and just dedicate time to each other? It doesn’t have to cost a thing and the gift could be incredibly valuable (time is money, after all). Does your loved one have a favorite sport or musical instrument? Take the time to learn so you can do it together. Or maybe they support a charitable cause. You can volunteer for your loved one’s favorite organization and perform community service. Valentine’s Day celebrates passion. So, what better way than dedicating time and energy towards something your significant other is passionate about?

Be financially happily ever after with meaningful gifts

We might be a little biased, but we think financial planning is pretty romantic. We’re not alone: 44% of people say being irresponsible with money is a bigger turnoff than bad breath and one in five say money is the biggest challenge in their relationship. Think about it this way: when you discuss retirement plans, you’re letting your partner know that you care about your future together and you’re invested in the relationship. For example, purchasing a life insurance policy is a way of showing you’re committed to their wellbeing. It tells your loved ones, “Even if I can’t be here, I’ll support you.” That’s a sentiment you can put on a Valentine.

Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day in an unconventional way? Or do you prefer to do it the traditional way? Follow us on Facebook and let us know!


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