It’s Valentine’s Day again? Yikes. It’s no secret that we’re all struggling on the finances this year. Even if you don’t live paycheck to paycheck, there are still adjustments you’ve had to make since the start of January. Inflation rates. Higher gas and energy bills. Insurance rates rising. Financial aid payments kicking back in. Eggs any other groceries at unprecedented prices. It’s a lot.
But just because your wallet is a little emptier doesn’t mean you have to skimp on Valentine’s Day. I mean, we are Las Vegas after all. There’s a ton of stuff for us to do that doesn’t cost the typical arm and leg. Yes, there are plenty that DO cost that much, if you’re so inclined. If you’re like most of us, you might need to get a little creative on your spending this Valentine’s Day.
But what if your guy or gal is expecting jewelry for Valentine’s Day? You can’t really skimp on that and get away with it. Or can you? According to a poll by YouGov, only 16% of women want jewelry for Valentine’s Day. And there are lots of options on places like Etsy where you can get a less expensive piece of jewelry that’s more valuable with things like personalized messages or photos.
So what ranked higher than jewelry? Cards, flowers, chocolates and nice dinners out were all high on the list of desirable Valentine’s Day gifts. Even homemade meals and baked goods (and sex stuff) ranked higher than jewelry. That gives you lots of options for this year’s gift giving. And it seems the jewelry thing is pretty low on all women’s (and men’s) lists, regardless of age.
So in the year of ever-rising prices, we’ll be okay. We just need to spend more thought (and less money) on this year’s holiday. And this list is a good way to get those creative gears turning. Some of these ideas are Vegas-specific. But others can be done wherever you live. – Wendy Rush