Any financially minded person with a heart will tell you there is always a conflict that comes with the big holidays. Our brains desperately need to keep things under budget while our emotions want us to go all out in treating the ones we love to the very best. Another Valentine’s Day has now come and gone, and you might already be wondering how you could have saved or how you need to save on future holidays. (And if you messed up on Valentine’s Day- you might be in the market for buying more gifts already). It’s not a sign of weakness to admit the struggle is real and luckily it’s easier to come out the winner here than a lot of us realize.
Think back to when you were a child. If a parent were to give the average kid clothing for Christmas it would only lead to disappointment. Nowadays, though, wouldn’t you be happy to be surprised with that sharp suit you’ve been eyeing that would boost your self-confidence and give your presentations at work that much more oomph?
Being practical doesn’t mean you can’t also be romantic with your gifts. Don’t be afraid to use Groupon Coupons! A pair of running shoes might sound like too everyday a purchase to impress the one you love but not if it’s the right pair at the right price. Pick a bold color at a discounted price from a site like Finish Line and show your partner you support their fitness regime and you want them to feel awesome while they’re doing it. You can even take advantage of these great offers for yourself, buy a pair and create a couple’s pastime.
The same logic applies to all kinds of apparel. AE is a great example of a retailer that bridges the gap between style and substance. “Clearance” may feel like a no-no word to a lot of us. But with an additional 60% off clearance prices at American Eagle quality, who can deny that following your heart and getting your partner a new night-out outfit is the perfect thing to do?
Whether you’re kicking yourself over spending hundreds on chocolate or flowers, or you’re already planning that perfect “Sorry I ruined your Valentine’s Day” gift, make sure to be on the lookout for the best ways to pamper the ones you love while remaining on a budget.