“What are you doing for Valentine’s Day?” — question asked by every single person at the beginning of February.
You know that you can’t do anything in February without seeing a bunch of ads about Valentine’s Day. It’s easy to feel guilty about how you need to spend more money on your significant other.
Is Valentine’s Day a marketing scam so that you spend money?
Do you need a specific day to tell someone how you feel? Is Valentine’s Day a huge marketing scam?
This article was originally published on February 13, 2009. I have come a long way since then and have had many enjoyable and unforgettable Valentine’s Day celebrations. For some reason this 200 word piece has sparked some interesting comments over the last four years. I wanted to highlight the female comments. Any guy that totally bashes Valentine’s Day, usually just hasn’t had a great one. Plus, most of us guys just hate spending money.
Do you need a specific day to show someone appreciation?
- Do you really need to go for a fancy and expensive dinner when you could cook some better food at home?
- Why do hotel/restaurant rates increase significantly just because it’s February 14th?
- Why are flowers so expensive?
- Why can’t you show appreciation on any other day?
It’s an interesting discussion that could go on for hours.
Why do we have to be told when to celebrate something or someone?
Valentine’s Day is a marketing scam just like every other Hallmark holiday. Any holiday that forces you to spend money is a scam.
However, it’s your money and you decide how you want to spend it:
- If you’re single, then treat yourself to something nice or ignore the day totally.
- If you’re dating, then have some fun with your partner without blowing your savings.
If you’re going to remember anything about this article then remember this: you don’t need to spend a fortune on this holiday to have a good time. Just do what feels right.
What did the female readers of Studenomics have to say about Valentine’s Day?
When this article originally went live, many readers wrote in with their thoughts on this holiday.
Suzie wrote in with some positive thoughts:
“I actually do think that Valentine’s Day has been exploited by marketing departments. It’s become hugely commercialised with many people having over-inflated expectations which subsequently cause rows because their partner is supposed to *know* that “I don’t want to do anything special” means “Please hire a horse-drawn carriage and book a table at The Ritz”. However, the essential core is a good thing, reminding us not to take people we love for granted and giving us an excuse to make them feel special.”
Jasmin was pretty negative on the holiday:
“In my universe, it’s pretty much always been 50%-off-chocolate eve. I’m the one always getting in trouble because I say “I don’t care” and actually mean it, and then he (whoever he is at the time) does something for me and gets upset that 1) I’m not crying from happiness and 2) didn’t do anything for him. I hate cut flowers of any flavours. I don’t consider dead plants to be representative of “eternal love”, and a waste besides. Get me something potted if you have to go that route. Buy me chocolate, if you absolutely have to, but for the love of everything do it the day after and catch the discounts. Save your time/energy/money/creativity for my birthday, which is the important date as far as I’m concerned.”
There are a few more passionate comments below. Check them out!
What do you ladies think about Valentine’s Day? For a more detailed look, check out the economics of your love life in your 20s.
How can you save money on Valentine’s Day?
You can still enjoy this day without going broke.
Here are a few options to consider on Valentine’s Day:
- Use this as an opportunity to try a new activity with your partner. You don’t have to force yourself to sit in an expensive restaurant where you won’t even like the food. There are many fun activities that you can try as a couple. Go bowling, try a paint night, or throw some axes. Have some fun.
- Celebrate the day after. Can you do something on a different day?
- Think of something meaningful. You don’t have to spend a fortune. Experiences and meaningful gifts can go a long.
We can complain about Valentine’s Day being a scam or we can try to make the most out of it.
On that note, do you guys have any plans for Valentine’s Day?