Month: February 2017

Unexpected Ways to Save on Valentine’s Day

Valentines Day is right around the corner. If you are looking to save a few dollars, here is a list of unexpected way's to save.

Recently, I had a chance to sit down and talk with Rachel Jeger, Online Marketing Manager of CardCash.com , and she shared a few unexpected way’s that you can save on Valentines day.

The NRF says consumers are spending an average of $146.84 on flowers, jewelry, candy, apparel and more. Total spending is expected to reach $19.7 billion!
Don’t let a lack of money ruin your Valentines Day. We have some awesome tips on how to stretch your money (and love) further and get the biggest bang for your buck.

Money isn’t everything.

If you can’t afford to buy jewelry, use your pen and write handwritten cards. Words are cherished more than things. Even if you are not a writer, you can find awesome ideas and poems on the internet. If you are more of a creative type, Pinterest can give you cool ideas.:

If the idea of expressing your emotions sounds worse than open heart surgery consider buying the “what I love about you” book from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Knock-What-Love-About-Journal/dp/1601064934/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1483459813&sr=8-1&keywords=why+i+love+you+book

The Flowers.

The classic Valentine’s gift never goes out of style, but it can get costly. The US News has some great advice, “Don’t choose red – orange and yellow roses can be cheaper by $20.” Another tip, don’t buy roses, tulips are a perfect alternative and way more affordable. (Besides it’s got a very romantic name.) Still want to pay less? Leave out the vase for an instant $10-$20 saving. The main things is the flowers, right?

If you are really frugal (and don’t mind risking a breakup) you can observe the 15th instead of the 14th for slashed markdowns on everything, even the roses.

What’s Valentine’s Day without a night out?

No need to spend lots of dough on a meal. Lots of restaurant chains have hot deals for a romantic meal on Valentine’s day. Be sure to stay updated on their websites and stack them with discounted gift cards.

If you want to support your local restaurants and try something new, hit up Groupon! They have many couple specials for Valentine’s Day and may even supply the booze.

Hey, you don’t even need to share dessert now!

If you are buying jewelry, don’t just shop anywhere.

You may be able to score a deal online, but it may be worth it to stay local. Even if a diamond is certified, you may want to compare stones in person. Zales and Kay Jewelers have many deals online and in store so you may be able to get the best of both worlds. For all the clueless men out there, hearts are really in and may just be the perfect Valentine’s themed present.

Romantic Getaways.

Do you have leftover gift cards from Christmas? I know I do. Take Christmas’ leftovers and exchange it for a dream vacation. Wait, I’ll explain. CardCash buys unwanted gift cards and gives cash for payment. CardCash and Hotels.com joined up to provide higher payouts for gift cards in exchange for a hotels.com gift card. Try it out today: hotels.cardcash.com

And best way to keep your night romantic – don’t talk about how much money you saved :).

I’ve listed just a few cards you can score for your funny Valentine and I’d love to hear your idea’s on how you save on Valentine’s day. Comment below and let me know and your idea might just be featured on my readers list.

Convenient Gift Cards For your Valentine
Jewelry:
Kay Jewelers up to 15% off
Zales up to 13% off

Dining:
Outback Steakhouse up to 11% off
Bonefish Grill up to 14% off
Panera Bread up to 19.5% off
Olive Garden up to 8.3% off

Yummy Gifts:
Godiva up to 10.6% off
The Cheesecake Factory up to 7% off

Spa Love:
Massage Envy up to 14% off
Spafinder.com up to 8% off
Spa Week up to 18.5% off

Apparel and Face:
Sephora up to 4.6% off
Victoria’s Secret up to 6% off
Ulta up to 3.3% off
Sally Beauty up to 27.2% off

Romantic Travels:
BedandBreakfast.com up to 20% off
Marriott up to 4.6% off
American Airlines up to 3.15% off

For Him:
The Art of Shaving up to 20% off
Dick’s Sporting Goods up to 17.45% off
Brookstone up to 10% off

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America Saves Week February 27 – March 4, 2017

America Saves Week
America Saves, I save, You save!

 

America Saves Week (February 27 – March 4, 2017) is an annual opportunity for individuals to assess their savings and take financial action. Each year, we encourage savers – or potential savers – just like you to set a goal, make a plan, and save automatically.

This America Saves Week, try these five simple steps to help yourself save automatically – and successfully:

  1. Assess Your Savings.
    Like your health, you should assess your savings annually to make sure your savings priorities are on the right track. Complete this simple 12-question assessment to find out your current standing and help you plan for the future.
  2. Evaluate your Savings Preparedness
    Check off your savings accomplishments on the Saver Checklist to further evaluate where your savings habits need strengthening for your future goals.
  3. Take the America Saves Pledge
    Those with a savings plan are two times as likely to save for emergencies and retirement than those without one. Join more than 500,000 American Savers who have already committed to save. When you take the pledge, you can choose to receive text message tips and reminders to help you save towards your goals.
  4. Share Your Savings Goal
    Take part in the 2017 #ImSavingFor photo contest. Share a selfie or video that shows what you’re saving for on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Then check AmericaSavesWeek.org in early 2017 to learn more about contest entry details and prizes. Savings never looked so good.
  5. Make Your Savings Social
    Are you on Twitter or Facebook? Join America Saves and the American Savings Education Council in encouraging your friends, family, and colleagues to save this week. Better yet, join one of the many Twitter chats that America Saves will be a part of this week to get real-time savings tips and advice.

With that being said, what are you saving for? Let me know in the comments

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