Show your love without breaking the bank

February 10, 2012 3:49:06 PM PST
Valentine's Day is less than a week away, but don't panic. Although consumers are expected to spend about $126 each on Valentine's gifts this year, you can stretch your money and still impress your sweetie.

So says Regina Novickis of online shopping site PromotionalCodes.com.

She says, "The great thing is you can find savings on sites like PromotionalCodes.com or CouponWinner.com and all of these things that you would buy, flowers, jewelry, you can find great codes and discounts for."

If your sweetheart has a sweet tooth, you can save 25% off your $49 purchase at FannieMay.com with the code 21007. Or 15% off at Ghirardelli with the code COUPONCABIN15. Harry and David will take 20% off your purchase with the code VAL20. And you can even save pairing your chocolate with wine.

Novickis explains, "Wine.com actually has 10% off the gift baskets for Valentine's Day, so they have a wine and chocolate pairing with Godiva that you can get for about $26.99, which is a great deal."

The code for that deal is VDAY10.

You could plan a date night. Restaurant.com is offering a limited number of this amazing deal: two movie tickets and a $50 restaurant gift card for $23.99.

Or, make it a romantic night at home -- download a free Valentine's recipe book from Mr. Food and take advantage of a free DVD rental that Redbox is offering through Facebook.

When it comes to flowers, you can use save 15% at 1-800-FLOWERS with the code WOWHER79. Or, if have a Produce Junction nearby, check out their prices. Tthey tend to be even cheaper than the supermarkets for a dozen-rose bouquet.

And of course, you can't forget the card!

"They're expensive," exclaims Robin Bean, Director of Education for A.C. Moore. "I've seen some that are $3.00, $4.00, $5.00, even $6.00 because they're dimensional or they have something shiny or gems or something like that. You can do all of that at a much less expensive price."

Craft stores like A.C. Moore sell rubber stamps and stickers for a little as a dollar. With scrapbooking paper, a little ink and your own creativity, you can make a one-of-kind Valentine yourself.

For ideas on how to make your own Valentine's cards, click here.


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