With all the crazy news going on and the non-stop rollercoaster that is day-to-day life, Valentine's Day may have taken the back burner. Now that we're down to the wire and your significant other is asking about plans, why not go with some proven suggestions?
Unconventional = Less Crowded And Expensive
Save some money with a hands-on class in lieu of splurging on the expected romantic treats.
Susie Poppick, senior money editor at Mic's ThePayoff, said consumers are increasingly spending on experiences, like ice skating and pottery classes, rather than buying classic Valentine's Day items, such as chocolates and flowers.
Go For A Long Drive
Renting a cool two-seater sports car will be fun and put you both in close quarters — a little different than the usual jaunts to the grocery store in your SUV. Here are ten sweet two-seaters to send you on your way.
Try Some Chocolate — Beers
Chocolate stout and porter could use more love, and not just because that beer seems like a natural holiday fit as Valentine's Day approaches. People are usually turned away by darker beers, assuming that their calorie counts are higher but that really isn't the case. A typical 12-ounce Guinness draft, for example, clocks in at 128 calories, according to parent company Diageo. By comparison, 12 ounces of Samuel Adams Boston Lager clock in at 175 calories, while an AleSmith IPA packs in 210 calories per 12 ounces. Huh.
Postpone And Go On A Romantic Getaway On A Cheaper Weekend
Take the amount of money you would have spent on a Valentine's Day weekend and apply it toward a more luxurious getaway at a different time of the month. These ten romantic getaway spots for couples will definitely make up for whatever you didn't do over the holiday.
Get Fun Takeout And Pair It With Fine Wine Instead Of A Fancy Restaurant Dinner
Don't spend your hard-earned money on an overpriced prix fixe restaurant meal this Valentine's Day. Instead, stay home, pull out the takeout menus and spend some money on a great bottle of wine.
Splurge on Broadway Tickets Or A Smartphone Through February Deals
Get them what they really need or want, even if it's something to replace their cracked iPhone they insist on not replacing. The money saved through February deals will make up for how not conventionally romantic the gift is.
Watch A Romantic Movie
While this may be a "duh" moment, simply watching a romantic movie and then going on about your day may meet the V-Day quota. Did your favorite romantic movie make the list of the fifteen top-grossing romantic films?
Pair Wine With Chocolate
What could be better than having chocolate and wine on Valentine's Day? Make your life easier and stay home to splurge on calories without losing major cash or romance.
Avoid Chain Restaurants
Nothing kills the mood like overcrowded bars and long waits for tables. According to Foursquare, the most popular restaurant chains with Valentine's Day movie goers are Cheesecake Factory ( CAKE) , Max Brenner, Johnny Rockets and P.F. Chang's. Save yourself and your significant other from heartbreak and stick to off-the-beaten-path locales.
If you're looking for the gift that should really show you care, how about buying shares of stocks for your romantic partner? More specifically, why not buy shares of companies with a romantic theme, say a flower delivery firm or brand-name jewelry retailer? The returns on the investment might last longer than the relationship.