By Karina Arancibia – Financial and Life Coach
It’s in the air we can all feel it. The special month is here, that romantic Valentine Day’s. The message is everywhere Love in the air.
Did you know that , approximately 150 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine’s Day the second most popular card sending holiday after Christmas.
Do you find yourself stressing over this occasion? like any other celebration the idea is to enjoy it. The most popular gifts are cards, flowers and candy or chocolates and the average gift for that special valentine in north America averages $180. Most people tend to be emotional spenders and think with their heart instead of their wallets.
This is not a competition and spending more or less does not really show how much you love and care for that special someone.
How about getting a little creative? and finding different ways you can surprise your partner. Ask yourself when did you have the most special time with your partner, was it during a Valentine day, together. Giving your time and talents are very valuable and special gifts as well. Cooking a nice dinner, maybe you both enjoy a hobby together, a walk, surprising your loved one with a gesture of love and care. There is a book called “the 5 languages of love” and it explains how we all express and received love in different ways. These are: gifts, quality time, words of affirmation, acts of service, and physical touch. Have you figure out yet what your partners likes?
Make this day a special one for you and your partner don’t let the magic be lost just because your didn’t swiped that debit card enough times. We all express love in different ways and it doesn’t mean our budget has to suffer. What’s love got to do with money anyways!!! are we confusing the two?