valentines-dayIn 2012, Valentine’s Day was estimated to contribute around $17.6 billion to the economy, according to the National Retail Federation. Now, that’s great and all, but don’t let what folks are doing in the nation’s economy put a dent in your personal economy at home. Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate lovers, but do you really want you or your honey breaking the bank for one day?

Here are few date ideas that will hopefully help you make memories – not waste money!

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Date Idea #1

Leave “remember when” notes and pictures for your honey scattered throughout the house. Try to recreate the first time you met or your first date. Make the day all about what made you two fall in love in the first place. While you’re at it, make it a Valentine’s Scavenger Hunt. Strategically place his favorite book, CD, bottle of wine, etc. throughout the house. Let’s face it, relationships are not a bed of roses 24/7, but you have an opportunity to create that one defining and special moment that made him worth it all over again!

Date Idea #2

If you bank with a credit union, check out the “Discounts” page on their website. Credit Union members can typically find discount tickets for local hot spots that range from 1/2 price movie tickets to some of the city’s major theaters. You might also find tickets to a home game for your local sports team or even weekend getaway packages for you and your Valentine.

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