Wow. Tomorrow is Valentine's Day. Kinda sneaks up on you. Right, guys? You have exactly one day to avoid succumbing to the capitalists.
I received an e-mail today with the post's title as the subject line. It's a thoughtful question.
My wife and I have it pretty easy as far as Valentine's Day expenses go. We were married on Groundhog Day. (Eleven years and counting. If you do a little math you'll see why I'll likely never forget the date!) So we usually try to do something (one thing) special sometime in between those two days. As with anything, there is such a thing as too many nice dinners out too close to one another.
We don't drop a huge amount on Valentine's Day. What if you do?
You might be thinking that I'll tell you that you shouldn't be doing that. I mean, that's what you'd expect from a personal finance blog with bargain in the title, right?
I'd be taking a big risk if I said that. Why? Because I don't know the context of your Valentine's Day plans. The context is very important.
- What I think is a huge amount is pocket change to you. I don't think I've ever dropped more than $150 on a dinner. Ever. You may have those once a week because you're a CEO or a real estate mogul.
- You might have met on Valentine's Day. I met my wife in November. If you met your mate on Valentine's Day, it's already a special day.
- Your spouse may have been fighting a war for a year. And your spouse is back, and has a lot of combat pay, and (reasonably) wants something better than an MRE for you two on Valentine's Day.
- It's a Groupon deal and you're actually paying only $4.79 for that gourmet dinner.
- Or any reason you choose, really.
- Or even no reason at all!
Regardless of whether you have a good reason or not to spend a lot on Valentine's Day, it's your money. What I think of your Valentine's Day dinner plans shouldn't matter to you. I'm sure it doesn't. “Oh man … John from Mighty Bargain Hunter thinks we're spending too much on Valentine's Day. We'd better stay home and have leftovers instead.” Yeah, right.
It's your money. Freedom to choose how you dispose of your income, and freedom to feel the consequences, is a good thing!
So … are you spending a fortune on Valentine's Day? 🙂