Inexpensive, romantic Valentines ideas

February 12, 2009 3:42:53 PM PST
Ways to celebrate Cupid's Day on a shoestring.The owner of Planttiques Flowers in Allentown, New Jersey, Vicki Livosi, is selling a dozen roses for the amazing price of $19.99 a dozen.

LiVosi wants customers to be able to afford flowers. A cartoon character stands outside her shop advertising the bargain, but if $20 is too much, she has other choices.

"We have bud vases with three roses in them for $9.99. We're trying to meet everybody's needs," LiVolsi said.

At the Village Bakery in Lawrence they're offering special heart-shaped sugar cookies that cost $3.50. You can buy one already made or get your sweetheart's name on his or her own cookie.

"You really don't have to go crazy. I think you can make somebody happy with a simple token of a cookie with 'I love you' on it in any language," Karen Child of Village Bakery said.

Bayard's in Cinnaminson is a chocolate lover's dream and they take Valentine' Day seriously.

"I don't think people are cutting back on something like chocolate. It's a very affordable treat," Bobbie Kelley of Bayard's Chocolates said.

Julius Whaley of East Oak Lane buys chocolate covered marshmallows each Valentines Day for his wife of 40 years. Chocolate here sells for $14.95 a pound and there are 50 kinds to choose from.

"It's inexpensive and it's a tradition with us," Whaley said.

In the non-edible category you can find affordable jewelry or something as simple as a card.

"Even if you have to tighten up moneywise, if they're smiling and you come into a happy home when you come home, there's nothing better than that," Paul Pyrros of Hamilton Township said.

The bottom line is it doesn't really matter what you give or how much it costs as long as you let your loved ones know you care.

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