Valentine’s Day: It does not have to be such a rip off
As most of us know, Valentine’s Day weekend has arrived. Whether you are part of a couple and looking forward to this day of love, or you are single and absolutely dread the cheesy, commercialized holiday, here are some ideas to help get you through the weekend without breaking the bank.
- Dinner and a movie: not only is it impossible to get a decent reservation on V-Day weekend at any acceptable restaurant, it usually ends up being a very costly meal. Instead, make your way to the supermarket. You can either go together and incorporate the shopping into your date, or plan ahead and shop solo. Even if you splurge and buy the ‘expensive’ produce, cheeses and breads, it will still be cheaper than if you ate out. As for the movie, forget the theatre. Make your evening intimate and affordable by borrowing a film from your local library;
- Flowers: having worked in a flower shop, I can attest to the fact that wholesalers jack their prices by 25% or more during the weeks leading up to the big day. Avoid flower boutiques at any cost! If you must get flowers, either buy them at your local grocery store, or make your own tissue bouquet;
- Compose a silly song or poem for your loved one’s entertainment – the more foolish the better;
- Jewellery: combine a woman’s love of jewelery with an outing. Visit your local bead store (check out Sassy Beads Co.) and pick out the beads and/or stones for a necklace, bracelet or earrings that you can make together. The experience will add sentimental value that no amount of money can match;
- Embrace your natural surroundings: go for a skate on the canal (or other outdoor rink), enjoy a stroll in the park, or check out local festivals, such as Winterlude.
If you hate the commercial aspect of Valentine’s Day, then don’t buy into it! Come up with your own way of expressing your feelings for your friends, family and/or partner.