Valentines Day can be expensive. But, it doesn’t have to be! You can save money on everything from flowers to champagne and everything in between without being cheap and making your significant other very happy! You’ll just have to get a little creative on valentine’s day gifting and date night ideas – think outside the standard box of chocolates.
Use credit card perks when you’re purchasing anything expensive. So before you pay, find out which of your cards offers benefits like cash backs, discounts, or rewards. Doing this might score you a much better deal on gifts or dining. Also, you might already have points accumulated in your account that can be redeemed now. Here are a few ways to have a wonderful time while still saving money on Valentine’s Day.
Save money on Flowers & Chocolates
Valentine’s Day just isn’t complete without gorgeous flowers and a box of chocolates, is it? Well, if you’re looking to save up on this expense, then stay away from Roses! An estimated 250 million roses are grown just for Valentine’s Day. No wonder they are the most expensive flowers on Valentine’s Day.
And who said it only has to be red roses though? Try adding lily, daisy, or violet to the bouquet of flowers; this will reduce the number of roses and, consequently, your expense. You also would want to stick to local florists or warehouse stores to score a better deal. The average price for roses bought locally is much cheaper than online providers. Also, a local shop will offer you a much better bargain if you are a skilled negotiator. But if haggling for the price isn’t your jam, check out the Hundred app to find deals & offers.
As for chocolates, forsake the obligatory heart-shaped box, and the chocolates will probably cost a lot less. You can also get yourself down to your local garden center to pick a pretty potted plant that will probably cost less. Or you can fold an origami flower; It’s a bit more original, and again, it’s the thought that counts, isn’t it?
Save at restaurants
We’ve mentioned some of the most romantic restaurants in Dubai. Between the two of us, each of these restaurants offers discounts & cashbacks on your dining spends.
- 1. Mosphere
- 2. 101
- 3. Akira Back
- 4. Alici
Book a romantic getaway
In need of a romantic vacation on valentine’s day? We’ll help you plan a romantic getaway with your sweetheart that wouldn’t drain your bank account. Uncover secret deals on hotel websites, bank websites for card deals, and third-party sites. Use the Hundred offers app to find all the deals & offers on your bank or community cards, offers by the outlet, on a single platform.
With these types of bargains, you’ll typically get a pretty good discount on your hotel reservations or flight tickets. These offers usually include brand-name hotels. Pro-tip: sometimes waiting till the last minute to book a flight or vacation package pays off; take advantage of last-minute deals. Alternatively, you can call the resort directly to check if they have any last-minute cancellations or available rooms they need to fill. The resort would likely offer a discounted rate just to keep their rooms booked.
Flower deliveries and elaborate dinner spread at a scenic restaurant are romantic and all, but they can come across as — hate to say it — a little unoriginal. This year, take your darling to a totally unique Valentine’s date. Find some fun activities that they would’ve done as a teenager, such as bumper cars, arcades, laser tag, bowling, go-karting, and let your inner child be free. Or you can try something adventurous together, such as skydiving together. Find an entire list of adventure activities in Dubai here. Mini golf and riding a rollercoaster might be one of the most fun ways to save money while sharing lots of laughs.
Gifting ideas for Valentine’s Day
Buying a gift for your sweetheart is one of the most romantic gestures, but it can be a challenging and exhausting task, especially on Valentine’s Day. Irrespective of what you choose, all of these ideas will put your heart on display. Instead of waiting till the last day, try to plan ahead for the gifts so that on Valentine’s Day, you can dedicate all of your time to your sweetheart. Besides, everything romantic is a bit expensive on Valentine’s day.
As you browse through the following list, consider getting your partner the type of romantic gift that will make their heart swell.
Express your love with the written word
If words of affirmation and affection are her love language, pour your heart into a poem. Write a letter full of inside jokes reminding them what exactly caught your eye way back when it all started (and all the days since). Just a word of caution, if this is your only gift, you better be a really, really good writer!
Make it personal
Gather old photos of memorable moments to create a photo album or a scrapbook. Consider themed pages revolving around important milestones of your relationship, such as the first time you met, special vacations together, etc. It’s a sweet memento of the beautiful memories shared so far.
Try an 80’s signature technique
You can never go wrong with a timeless classic “making a mixtape”. It never fails to impress! What man or woman wouldn’t want a playlist of songs that reminds them how loved they are? Besides, this gift keeps paying dividends way beyond valentine’s day.
Suppose your partner is someone who enjoys a shopping spree, with this gift, you’ll not only be seen as a fearless romantic, but the smile born out of sheer excitement would be worth the lightness of your wallet. Beautiful sentiment, no? But who isn’t terrified of handing over your credit card to an excited shopper? Don’t worry, most bank cards come with a ton of retail offers. It’s a bit tricky to find all offers on your card unless you use some offers aggregator app or browser extension to find discounts in case of online shopping. Hundred not only allows you to find all the offers on your cards but also shows you offers on other cards, offer aggregator apps, etc., allowing you to maximize your savings.
Do a chore for your sweetheart
This tip is especially for all the guys out there. Expressing your love doesn’t always need to be expensive or a grand declaration. Even one small, considerate gesture can make your better half smile and love you even more. This Valentine’s Day, try something different, take care of all the house chores for a day, and let her rest. From the vacuuming and laundry to cooking meals and doing the dishes – she’ll definitely appreciate it! But more importantly, you’ll appreciate her.
Take some time to really consider the best way to spend time with your valentine, and you might find that spending money has nothing to do with it.