Valentine’s Day on a Budget: Supermarket Savvy
Markdowns start shortly before a holiday, but if everything still seems out of your price range, look at regular store items. Chocolates like Dove and Hershey’s Bliss or Kisses come individually wrapped in pretty silver, red and purple foils year-round, and can be obtained for just a few dollars (especially if they’re on sale and you have coupons!). Discard their cellophane bags, repackage in red, pink or white gift bags with tissue paper, and you have a Valentine-specific gift.
Another costly Valentine’s Day treat is Champagne, but if you’re willing to forgo the bubbly, look at your supermarket’s boxed wines. You need only pour it into a pretty decanter for a romantic presentation — especially if it’s blush. Most wine experts agree that many cheap boxed wines can be as good as pricey bottles.
Finally — flowers. It’s easy to spend up to $100 on a dozen roses, but there are many possibilities in your supermarket’s floral section for far less. Look at marked-down cut flowers in any color, or a potted plant; decorate with red and pink ribbons and — voila! — You have a Valentine’s gift that only looks expensive.
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