This is a guest post from Jon, the coupon & savings expert for BeFrugal.com. Read more about the site at the end of the post.
The average spending for Valentine’s Day 2012 is expected to be $126.03, that’s up 8.5% over 2011. When the US economy & employment situations are in this state, Americans should be saving money however they can.
The following are some money-saving tips to avoid foolish spending on Valentine’s Day:
1. Do something frugal and creative to show that you care. For example: bake cookies, give an old-fashioned homemade paper valentine, write a poem, publish a free iTunes playlist of love songs or use the free app Songify to create a love song.
2. If you must spend, be careful and deliberate: Consider your budget and gift ideas before shopping then shop online so you can save more money. Always look for a free promo code for a discount or free shipping. Earn cash back for free. You can often combine a discount and earn Cash Back. Pay with a rewards credit card that you pay off each month!
3. If you want to go out, do so – but only for dessert. When on a budget, dining out is an indulgence saved for a special occasion, but it doesn’t have to be out of reach. To avoid overspending, enjoy a meal at home then go out on the town just for dessert. Check for a free money-saving coupon before you visit the restaurant. BeFrugal.com has free printable restaurant coupons, with a list of 200+ restaurants.
Note from Carrie: I love what BeFrugal is all about and I think you will too. I’m a firm believer in never paying full price for anything.
BeFrugal.com is a site dedicated to rewarding frugal spending, with cash back, daily deals and coupons.
How are you planning to save money this Valentine’s Day?
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