Give Us Your Ideas for a Thoughtful -- and Frugal -- Valentine's Day

breakfast in bedValentine's Day is coming, which means that tens of millions of husbands and boyfriends are getting ready to drop money on Whitman's samplers and overpay for red roses. But there are other options out there -- and we know that our faithful DailyFinance readers have explored at least a few of them.

According to the National Retail Federation, the average man will spend $168.74 this year, and the average woman just over $86. (Most of this money will go to buying jewelry, candy, flowers and clothing for significant others, of course, but a respectable fraction will get spent on friends and other family members.)

We'd like to share your suggestions for ways to save money on Feb. 14 while still showing that you have heart. So please send us your ideas -- either via the comments section below or by e-mail to The best suggestions will be featured in an upcoming article, so please only send your ideas if you're willing to have them published.

Thanks for your help -- and happy Valentine's Day!

Bruce Watson is a senior features writer for DailyFinance. You can reach him by e-mail at, or follow him on Twitter at @bruce1971.

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February 07 2012 at 4:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Valentines Day is supposed to be about romance - and for me, romance is in the little things. If I come home and (after a long day of his own) my hubby has a fire started, a bottle of cabernet breathing, and something (anything) simmering on the stove...I am irrevocably lost. Don't buy me flowers, chocolates, or jewelry...just let me know you see ME. It'sall about the little things. You don't need to spend money to show someone you care.

February 05 2012 at 2:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

On our first Valentine's day after we were married, my husband gave one of the most thoughtful things I have ever been given to this day and I'm in my 40's and we have been married for over 20 years. He gave me a beautifully wrapped red box with a huge bow on it, I thought this is really a nice piece of jewerly. But to my surprise, it was a notebook. Just a plain old black and white spotted binded notebook, like you kept in school for your journal or poetry writings. I'm sure the look on my face was priceless, I'm not very good at maintaining a poker face. Anyway, I flipped thought it and it was blank. I cant tell you what I was thinking because they would kick me off but I believe I was in shock. He told me to look at the first page and there was a quick note telling me the date and how much he loved me. He then informed me that he would write something about me, our love, and our lives together each and everyday. And believe it or not he did!!! He may have missed somedays along the years but each and every special occasion or holiday or anytime we did something different, he wrote in my notebook. Then for my 10 year anniversary, he had it printed and bond in our own book and I thought it was wonderful. It is my most treasured possessions. He then proceeded to get me another black and white notebook for the following Valentine's day, and still continues to write little tidbits for me til we fill this one up. I look forward to getting upevery morning, just to read what he has written for me. He is the best as a husband, father , lover, and most importantly best friend and I love him dearly.

February 04 2012 at 2:35 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to williamsburg2001's comment

This has to be one of the most wonderful ideas I've ever heard. Something like that is just priceless and lasts a lfetime.

February 05 2012 at 10:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The young guys are so cute trying to find their girl a gift. You can see them circling the jewelry counter at WalMart with flowers in their hands. Sweet.

February 03 2012 at 9:28 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply