Happy Valentine’s Day!
It’s a day for lovers, partners, and spouses to honor and acknowledge the one they love and their relationship.
People will be spending less this Valentine's Day on each other, an estimated $20 less. That’s $103 each, down about 16 percent from last year.
For 2009, it’s estimated that $14.7 billion will be spent, according to the article “Valentine’s Day Shoppers Expected to Spend Less in 2009” on USA Today.
If you’re still debating about what to buy for a gift or need ideas for reducing your costs but still buying something nice, see the articles below.
If you’re marriage or your relationship isn’t going like you want right now, you may want to try using Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to call a truce, put some romance back into the relationship, work together on a project, or think about ways you can reconnect. See the article “How to Avoid Divorce and Save Your Marriage” on eHow for ideas.
If you’re single and don’t like seeing all the red decorations in stores and people making plans to celebrate Valentine’s Day, see my article “A Challenge for Singles on Valentine’s Day: Getting and Keeping a Cheerful Attitude.”
One of the suggestions in the article is to plan a fun activity for yourself.
When I typed “baby boomer” and “Valentine’s Day 2009” into Google, I received dozens of hits about boomer get togethers for singles on Valentine’s Day. Sounds like fun to me.
See these articles for tips for your Valentine’s Day shopping:
“Valentine’s Day Gifts for the Book Lover” – The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
“How to Buy Last Minute Valentine Gifts” – eHow
"Valentine’s Day Gifts: Green Love for Everyone" – Treehuger
“Valentine’s Day Gifts That Don’t Put You in the Red” – 50 Plus.com
“10 Tips for a Fun – But Frugal – Valentine’s Day" – msnbc.com
“10 Gifts That Don’t Cost a Thing” – Shine From Yahoo
"Don't Expect to Find Bargains on Valentine's Day Chocolate" – Consumer Reports.org Blog