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Valentine’s Day Do’s & Don’ts

Posted on: January 30, 2009

boy-and-girlValentine’s Day is just around the corner and 2009 holds your chance to do it up right!  Sure, you’re watching your spending…who isn’t?  There are still plenty of affordable ways to celebrate love in a sweet and special way.  I’m including some of these affordable options and also what, in my opinion, are the major “don’ts” for Valentine’s Day!

DO’S:

  • Roses–
    Did you know studies show that people who receive flowers experience instant delight and feel the positive effect for days?  Leave a positive impression on your sweetheart in an affordable way by either purchasing roses (or your sweetheart’s favorite flower) from a wholesaler like Costco ($14.99/2 dozen) or have them delivered by a LOCAL florist.  A florist local in my area, Flower Time (Corinth), is offering a free box of chocolates with your order if you have it delivered on Feb. 11 or 12.  See “don’ts” for a warning against using internet florists.
  • Get sentimental–
    Instead of spending big bucks on a dinner at a high-end restaurant you’ve never been to before, take the sentimental route.  You could have dinner at the place where you had your first date (unless you are a high roller and took your date to III Forks).  If your first date was at a sporting event, you could always re-create the moment at home or at a park with hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy, etc.  Picnics are also sweet and very economical.  Visit the new Kroger in Denton (within walking distance from my house, aren’t you jealous?) and stock up your picnic basket with goodies from their deli–they even have a tortilleria!
  • Say ‘I love you’ in the A.M.–
    Dining out for breakfast can be more affordable than lunch or dinner so why not celebrate Valentine’s Day in the morning?  Go to your favorite breakfast establishment or get something to-go and have it in bed!  Crickle’s and Co. (located inside New York Sub Hub in Corinth) serves amazing breakfast (dine in or to-go) from 6-10 am and on Valentine’s Day will be offering buy 1 breakfast, get 1 50% off!

 DON’Ts:

  •  Coupon books–This may SEEM like a cute idea but it’s really just cheaping out.  There is a difference between affordable and cheap (hint: cheap is bad).  All of the coupons may include really nice gestures but most of the time they’re never “cashed out”…instead, the book ends up in a drawer somewhere.  If you want to provide a nice service or gesture just DO IT, don’t make a coupon out of it.
  • Sweethearts Conversation Hearts–yet another instance where you can go TOO cheap.  These things are just sugar and food coloring and gross.  Some of the sayings might be cute but I’d honestly rather have slice and bake cookies with sweet saying written on in icing.  At least I would know it took some effort to slice the cookies and put them in the oven 🙂
  • On-line/Virtual Florists–This can really get you into trouble if you think you’re getting a good deal.  Many on-line florists claim to be your “local” florist but are really thousands of miles away and will take more of your money to outsource your order to some florist of THEIR choice.  They don’t know a gerber daisy from a daffodil and will remove up to 25% of your dollars spent before sending your order to a flower shop.  Local florists are in the business to give you the best flowers and actually know what the best flowers ARE for the season.  They save you time and money and give you a more accurate idea of what you are getting when you order.

So there you have it, my do’s and don’t for celebrating Valentine’s Day.  To find out about other restaurants and events offering Valentine’s specials or ways to celebrate a good place to check is www.guidelive.com.  Also, grab a copy of the Feb. 1st Denton Record-Chronicle–my interview about celebrating Valentine’s Day on a budget is in the Business Section of this issue or you can check it out here:   http://www.dentonrc.com/sharedcontent/dws/drc/business/stories/DRC_bizmain_0201.8a8934c.html 

Take time to make those you love feel truly special this Feb. 14th and really every day! 

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