NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- You can fake your way through the flowers by gussying up some last-minute gas-station roses or offer a chocolate mea culpa with some Ferrero Rocher from the 24-hour CVS. Dinner and a movie in the city, however, are tougher tasks for Valentine's Day dawdlers.Last year, according to the National Retail Federation, the average consumer spent $103 on Valentine's Day, with 35.6% doing so on an evening out. Consider that a discount, lovebirds, as 47% of Americans shelled out for a night on the town a year before and may do so this year. Handlers of the nation's reservations say seats are disappearing quickly weeks before the big day.
|Valentine's Day chocolates can be bought at any 24-hour CVS, but not everything about the holiday is so easily done at the last moment.|
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