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With the wrapping paper, stockings and Christmas lights put away for another year, many Brits will be thinking ahead about treating their special someone for Valentine’s Day.
American Express research reveals that last year 56 per cent of Brits bought gifts for a partner, spending an average £27, equating to a bumper £776 million across the nation.
And it wasn’t just partners that were bestowed with treats – 19 per cent of Brits said they also bought a Valentine present for their pets, spending £5 on average. Whether you’re spoiling your partner or cuddling up with a furry friend, make sure you keep your Valentine’s finances in order with these top tips to show your bank balance some love come February 14th.
If you are planning to dine out on Valentine’s Day, the time of day you eat out can influence the bill, so why not mix it up and go out for brunch or lunch instead of the traditional evening meal? Often restaurants have lunch specials during the week, and avoiding peak times guarantees a more intimate setting.
Is your Valentine notoriously tricky to buy for? Consider getting them a personalised present – from jewellery engraved with their initials, to a bottle of wine from your anniversary year - a meaningful gift has endless possibilities.
If you and your Valentine fancy a spontaneous date, a last-minute theatre visit could be just the ticket. Often you can get discounted seats for theatre, ballet or comedy shows if you buy them the morning of the performance.
Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be for two – so why not organise a group dinner or trip with friends and family. Holding a group get-together also means you can split the cost between more people. If you are choosing to spend quality time with your pet, you could organise a play-date with other pet owners so your furry friend can bond with fellow animals.
Whether it’s your partner or pet that you’re spoiling this Valentine’s Day, check how many points you’ve accrued on your credit, charge or loyalty card, as you might be able to redeem them for some Valentine gifts.