Roses are red. Violets are blue. If you don’t spend big on Valentine’s Day, your partner might end things with you.
It’s expected that more than half (53%) of all Americans will pull out all the stops this February 14th, spending a collective $30 billion on all manner of heart-shaped treats and experiences.
However, signs point to Lotharios tightening the old purse strings in 2019, with spending on Valentine’s Day down 10%, falling from $30.3 billion in 2018 to $30 billion in 2019.
If you’re one of the 53% of Americans planning to spend on someone for Valentine’s Day, I hope you’ve got deep pockets: The average person is expected to spend $221.34.
These Valentine’s facts were posted January 16, 2019 on finder.com. Wow!
Valentine’s Day is a very special day, and it’s fun to try to express our love in big ways!
This week, I cooked supper for my Sweetheart of 37+ years. I found an easy recipe from Ree Drummond on the Food Network website and went to work. Within an hour, we had lemon-pepper steak grilled in butter, seasoned steak fries with hollandaise sauce, blue cheese wedge salad with bacon and blue cheese crumbles, and parmesan toast. (Now, a side note. I’m not running to take my wife’s place in the kitchen!!) We ate by the fireplace, Denise gave me a gift, and afterwards, we watched two episodes of the Andy Griffith Show and played two rounds of Take Two. Total cost for the meal: Maybe $10.
I have good news for you. You can have Valentine’s Day everyday, and it won’t cost you $221.34 each day!
How? Just work at your marriage by the grace of God each day.
- Tell your spouse each day, “I love you.”
- Kiss your spouse each day–not a peck on the cheek or lips, either!
- Hold hands.
- Take 10-30 minutes each day to pay attention and communicate with each other. No distractions (kids, phones, TV, etc). You can do it!
- Leave love notes around the house, in the car, in his shirt pocket, in her purse, etc.
- Text each other throughout the day expressing your love for one another and what you are up to at the moment.
- Be demonstrative in your love toward your spouse in front of the children. They need to see what marriage really is like.
- Plan an inexpensive date (A ride in the car after supper, a walk through the park, sometime spent on the back porch, a personal pan pizza served on china plates after the kids are in bed, read old love letters and cards, just talk as you look into each other’s eyes, shut the door to your bedroom making it off limits to the kids, listen to some old love songs, recreated a date from before you were married, watch your wedding video, etc.)
- Open the car door and store door for your wife. Seat her at the table, too.
- Look for opportunities each day to say, “I love you. I am thinking of you.” If you don’t know what to do, pray about it . . . seriously.
Big event days are indeed fun. But, it’s all the little things you do that make those big event days special and not “make-up-for-it” days! And, . . . the first sentence of the finder.com report will have no bearing on you!