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What NOT to Buy on Valentine’s Day


Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and many people will still be scrambling on February 14 to get something special for their significant other. But if you are someone who likes a good deal, there are a few items that you should avoid. If your loved one is expecting something particular, it is tough to let price determine your Valentine’s Day gift. But there are four popular gifts that you will be able to find at a much lower price after February 14.

Chocolate. There are always affordable boxes of chocolate available, but if you are looking to get a special treat, it will pay off to wait. Check out department and specialty stores where leftover gifts are marked down by as much as 50 percent after the 14th.

Jewelry. Retailers often offer small discounts on jewelry before Valentine’s Day. But if you wait a week or two, you will see many jewelry stores reduce prices by as much as 80 percent.

Perfume. Retailers usually discount perfume after holidays like Valentine’s Day and Christmas, which are peak sale times. The best sales on perfume can be found on websites dedicated to perfume.

Roses. It’s no surprise that the price of red roses is high on Valentine’s Day. This is likely due to both demand and the labor to harvest and ship a huge quantity of flowers. By the time you buy the roses, a vase, delivery, and a surcharge, you could be paying up to $7 per rose!

Don’t let these numbers discourage you from finding a gift for your sweetie this year. There are a few ways that you can avoid paying the full retail price for these items.

Coupons. Look for store-wide coupons at department stores that sell chocolate, jewelry and perfume. Online florists will often offer promotional codes as well.

Compare prices. Rather than wandering around the mall hoping to find a decent price, compare prices online before you go.

Give a gift card. Unless you know a specific perfume or item of jewelry that your significant other wants, it may be better to give a gift card so she/he can pick out what she/he wants. This works out for you too because the price will be lower after Valentine’s Day.

Find alternatives. Rather than roses, opt for orchids or a potted flower that will last longer.

Use Valentine’s Day as a time to show those you love how much you care about them, not how much you can spend on them. Sunset Bank wants to wish you and your loved ones a Happy Valentine’s Day! Please stop in one of our locations with any budget and savings questions you may have.