Have a lot of money and want to spend it on expensive gifts for a over commercialized, “Hallmark” holiday? Great, then you’re in the right spot! Here are some of my favorite ideas for overspending this Valentine’s Day.
Flowers-Order your wife 2 dozen long-stem red roses. Have them hand delivered by your local florist. Make sure to specify you want a crystal vase and a couple of fancy helium balloons. This whole setup will easily set you back at least $125, maybe more if you’re lucky.
- Cheapo Version-Buy the roses at the grocery store and fancy them up at home. If you’re really stuck on the idea of having them delivered to her office, have a friend drop them off. Nobody will know that your friend doesn’t work for the florist. Better yet, take the day off and work for the florist delivering flowers. Not only will you probably get a free bouquet, you’ll also leave with a pocketful of cash. Money you can use to help her pay down her student loan debt, score!
Fondue-Want to go to the Melting Pot and drop half a day’s paycheck on a super sweet date with your sweetheart? Make sure to add a bottle of wine to the tab and a couple of glasses of bubbly at the end of the meal. It’s Valentine’s Day after all. Nothing says love like overspending on a “fancy” meal.
- Oh heck no!-I have much better uses for $150. Buy the chocolate and cheese and make the meal yourself. There are a ton of recipes available online, this is one of my personal favorites. Even if you don’t already own a fondue pot, buying one will still be cheaper than going out. And if you prefer to shop online, Rather-Be-Shopping.com always has a ton of great coupon codes to help you save money.
Jewelry- this ring is lovely, no? It’s only $700, why not buy two? And if you do, just shoot me an e-mail and I’ll send along my mailing address;-)
- Budget Friendly & Fair Trade Option (love that!). One of my favorite places to buy unique and beautiful jewelry is Ten Thousand Villages. When I lived in Boston I visited their Cambridge retail store frequently. These spondylus shell earrings are gorgeous and only $59. Plus the best part, the money goes directly back to the women artisans who make them in Peru.
Need a little extra cash for a late Valentine’s Day gift? How about surprising your significant other with paying off $500 in student debt? That would certainly make my heart swoon. All joking aside, enter the giveaway below for your chance to win a $500 cash prize. The prize will be given away to one lucky winner via PayPal deposit.
Tell me how you’d spend the $500 in the comments. Would you use it “responsibly” or blow it on something fancy for your significant other?
Valentine’s Image: Malia Karlinsky