Happy Valentine’s Day everyone. For those of us lucky enough to have someone special to share this “card store” holiday with, the pressure to come up with the perfect gift is sometimes overwhelming.
It starts with one’s friends asking what your significant other is getting you or where you are going et cetera. The pressure is then vicariously transferred to the partner as they are made to feel they must come up with something great so there will be sufficient water cooler chat the next day.
It’s been said before, but I truly believe it to be sad that there is a specific day dedicated to expressing one’s love. Doesn’t it mean more hearing it everyday and not because “Hallmark” has instructed you to do so. But I digress.
Special Valentine’s Day Dilema This Year
As our blog is about finances…here’s the monetary dilemma we face this year.
As we’ve posted before, Mr. BP and I commingle our funds. So far gone are the days of surprising one another with expensive gifts (something is lost in the sentiment of knowing you paid for half). So as we talked about Valentine’s Day and the anticipation of purchasing our first home, we were left with the feeling that big expensive gifts such as jewelry or dinner in the city would be a waste this year. Lets say you spend $300 on this one special day. Over the course of a thirty-year marriage that’s $9,000. And that’s just one holiday!
Think of how much you spend throughout the rest of the year. I am able to think of a thousand things I would rather spend the money on and so could Mr. BP. But then it hits you. You know people will ask what your plans are and inevitably react with pitiful reassurances of “that sounds like a great idea” when you explain that this year you are “making cards for each other and just staying in”.
So you have to decide. Would you rather listen to your coworkers pity you, knowing you are saving money towards your future home or would do you go for it? Spend the money and have some memories of another Valentine’s Day spent out on the town.
I contend that the real memories will be made in our new home, with the purchases we make with the money we save from this holiday and many more to come.
What are your Valentine’s Day plans? Any cost-saving tips for romantic gestures? We’d love to hear.
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